Published guidance on AEDs in the dental practice

By stacey.firman

The guidance states that dental practices should have immediate access to an automated external defibrillator.

Extract from the Resuscitation Council Guidelines

‘A patient could collapse on any premises at any time, whether they have received treatment or not. It is therefore essential that ALL registrants are trained in dealing with medical emergencies, including resuscitation, and possess up to date evidence of capability’. General Dental Council ‘Scope of Practice’ 2013

Fainting - Medical Emergency Simulation

By stacey.firman

The dental team must train to deal with a number of medical emergencies which may happen at the dental practice. This training should be held annually and refresher training should be undertaken in the practice on a quarterly basis. This refresher training is called ‘medical emergency simulations’.

There are a number of medical emergencies which may occur in the dental practice. Fainting may be the most common medical condition to deal with.

Safer Sharp Regulations

By stacey.firman

The Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 came into effect in May 2013 and requires employers to use safer sharps which incorporate protection mechanisms to prevent or minimise the risk of accidental injury. Therefore, it is a legal requirement for ALL dental practices to use safer sharps.

‘The employer must substitute traditional, unprotected sharps where it is reasonably practicable to do so’

Lead Roles In Dental Teams

By stacey.firman

The quality of care standards

Patient Consent

By stacey.firman

Patient consent during dental care

The practice must always seek consent from a patient when dental care is needed. The dental team should understand who can give consent and be able to assess whether a person is competent to give consent.

All patients should be treated with dignity and respect at all times. And patients should be involved in all aspects of decision making about their health, treatment and care.

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“Introduction to Team Leading Skills for Dental Nurses” Workshop:

By rick.craven

The role of the Lead nurse is now well established in general dental practices throughout the UK. However, it is not an easy step to take from being one of the team to taking a supervisory role.

For this reason, following numerous series of Lead Dental Nurse training programmes delivered for Health Education England, we shall be opening the introductory training workshop to the general public, starting in Birmingham and London.

Isopharm PDP Features

By rick.craven

Isopharm’s automated PDP functionality enables the completion of compliance goals alongside enhancing your knowledge. This is achieved by performing a SWOT analysis to identify the areas that may affect your progress and allows successful planning and provides learning goals throughout your CPD cycle. Once your PDP is set up you can benefit from several Isopharm features.

Tackling the Global Plastic Issue - One Toothbrush at a Time!

By rick.craven

Within the past few days, it has been highly publicised that TerraCycle and the oral health company Colgate have partnered to create a free recycling programme to tackle the recycling of oral care products and packaging.

The programme will be a welcome relief to many people who have concerns over the difficulties around the recycling of some of these products, as many councils refuse to collect them.

The Colgate UK General Manager, Philp Durocher, stated for Dentistry magazine:

Sharps Safety In Dentistry

By rick.craven

To Resheath Or Not To Resheath?

That is the question we get asked on a frequent basis!

Not only do Dental Nurses want to know who is responsible for the dismantling and disposal of sharps but also there is the question from Dentists regarding resheathing.

Can we do it? If not, why not? If so, who is responsible?

In 2003 the NICE guidelines clearly stated the following; Needles must not be recapped, bent, broken, or disassembled before use or disposal.