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Article: Volume 43 Number 10 Page 928 - December 2016

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Medical Emergency:  A Review of the Available Guidance Regarding Management of Medical Emergencies in Primary Dental Care

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Abstract: This article provides an overview of the recent changes in guidance relating to the management of medical emergencies in primary dental care in the UK. The guidance relating to automated external defibrillators is also presented. The expectations of our regulatory bodies are discussed, as are the requirements for continued professional development. The potential shortcomings of the changes to the guidance are also discussed, as well as proposed solutions, such as the development of algorithms to use in a dental practice setting.

Clinical relevance: All dental practitioners should be able to deal with medical emergencies in their practice.

Author notes: Suzanne Lello, MOralSurg RCSEng, MFDS RCSEd, MJDF RCSEng, BChD(Hons), Clinical Teaching Fellow in Oral Surgery (suzanne.lello@gmail.com), Julie Burke, PhD, FDS RCS, BChD, Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery, School of Dentistry, University of Leeds and Kathryn Taylor, PhD, FDS RCS(Oral Surg), FDS RCS, BDS, BSc(Hons), Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery, School of Dentistry, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK.

Objective: To understand where to access the relevant guidance regarding medical emergencies and be up-to-date with changes to this guidance.