Are you ready for a medical emergency? The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2018

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  Posted by: Dental Design      14th March 2018

With the changes to the CPD requirements this year, it remains as important as ever for dental professionals to develop their knowledge and skills in the area of medical emergencies. All members of the dental team need to be aware of the immediate response required should a situation arise as well as what medication and equipment is available within the practice and who is allowed to administer or use them. Refreshing knowledge and skills on a regular basis is the only way professionals can be ready to help a person when faced with a medical emergency.

This will therefore be among the essential topics covered in the Core CPD Theatre at the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2018. Helen Watson and Lynn Fox – owners and instructors from Orchard Training Services and ResusPlus Training, respectively – will be presenting connected sessions on Friday and Saturday in order to cover the topic for delegates. With years of experience in acute clinical care and more than 26 years specifically in resuscitation between them, Helen and Lynn have all the expertise they need to advise, guide and support dental professionals through this area.


Helen comments:

“The most challenging aspect of managing a medical emergency is that it is such a rarity within the dental practice. It is not something dental professionals do on a regular basis and so there can be a lack of familiarity and some hesitation when a situation does arise. In my experience, practices tend to have a medical emergency of some kind at least once a year, although there are thankfully very few cardiac arrests.

“Because of this, it is really important that the whole dental team receive high quality training. The onus is very much on the individual to ensure their training is to a high standard. It’s therefore necessary to always check quality assurance procedures and make sure that the training providers have all the appropriate qualifications and experience.”

Helen shares what she will cover during her session – “Medical emergencies in the dental practice” – in the Core CPD Theatre on Friday 18th May:

“I will discuss a systematic way to assess an unwell person in order to identify any life-threatening conditions and react accordingly. I will explore the ABCDE approach – Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability and Exposure – and offer some practical tips to help delegates improve their skills.

“I expect delegates to leave my lecture with increased knowledge and confidence in how to approach a potential medical emergency. In real situations, people want to feel that they made a difference to the person suffering, but they need the knowledge and confidence to act. Thankfully emergencies are fairly rare in the dental practice, but it’s still important to be as prepared as possible.

“Both sessions will be relevant for all members of the dental team – it’s crucial that everyone who could be involved with a medical emergency has the knowledge they need to deliver the right care in an effective and efficient manner.”

On Saturday 19th, Lynn will continue the focus on medical emergencies by exploring and clarifying common questions and misconceptions in the use of the emergency medication and associated equipment, which a dental practice should stock and be able to competently use.

Lynn’s lecture is entitled “Medical Emergency Drugs: common questions and misconceptions’’


Lynn explains:

“When I carry out in-house resuscitation and medical emergency training, I regularly find common misconceptions and knowledge gaps concerning medication and the associated emergency equipment.

“To help address these common issues I will discuss which medical emergency drugs the British National Formulary (BNF) guidelines refer dental professionals to and I will clarify how to use them all safely and to optimal effect.

“The topics I will cover include the importance of the duration needed between each salbutamol inhaler dose; when and why oxygen should or shouldn’t be given for a myocardial infarction (heart attack); glucagon storage; midazolam and adrenaline preparations, and much more.

“By the end of my lecture, I expect delegates to know which emergency medications they should have in the practice and to be more confident and competent in knowing when, why, how and by whom these medications can be administered.”


Helen and Lynn add that there will be even more learning opportunities available to delegates on their stand L12:

“As an extension to our sessions in the Core CPD Theatre, we will be running some live demonstrations of medical emergencies on our stand L12 throughout the show. This will provide delegates with a better insight into the practical application of the protocols and equipment we teach. There will also be the chance for the dental team to put their medical emergency and resuscitation skills to the test by using tools to assess CPR technique, practising airway management, preparing and giving an intramuscular injection and much more.’’

The trade floor will host an array of dental product manufacturers, service providers and technology specialists, with many offering on-stand learning alongside some fantastic show-only deals. It will be the perfect accompaniment to the two days of exceptional education and verifiable CPD available for the entire dental team, all completely free of charge.

To ensure you and your team don’t miss Helen and Lynn, as well as many other world-class speakers, register for your free passes today.


The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2018 will be held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May at the NEC in Birmingham, co-located with DTS.


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