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Article: Volume 47 Number 5 Page 440 - May 2020

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  Dent Update 2020; 47: 440-451

Medical Emergency:  Two Eyes, Two Fingers, Two Minutes: Making It Easier to Recognize and Manage Medical Emergencies in Dental Practice Part 2: Algorithms to Guide Treatment using the M-DEWS2 Tool

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Abstract: In the second of two papers on the recognition and management of potential medical emergencies that may occur in the dental clinic setting, the development of new algorithms to assist in making it easier for members of the dental team to recognize and treat such situations will be discussed. Used in conjunction with the M-DEWS2 scoring sheet as discussed in the first paper, these algorithms cover the eight common medical emergencies that may occur in dental practice.

Clinical relevance: All members of the dental team require the appropriate skills and knowledge to manage medical emergencies should they occur.

Author notes: Jerry Morse, ProfD, FAcadMEd, LLM (Healthcare Law and Ethics), Manager of Clinical Skills and Lead for Simulation, Institute of Education for Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Aberdeen and Stephen J. Bonsor, BDS(Hons), MSc, FHEA, FDS RCPS(Glasg), MDTFEd, GDP, The Dental Practice, 21 Rubislaw Terrace, Aberdeen; Hon Senior Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Dentistry, University of Aberdeen; Online Tutor/Clinical Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

Objective: To recognize the signs and symptoms of the eight most common medical emergencies that may occur in a dental clinical setting and be able to manage them, using the algorithms presented, confidently and competently.