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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Dental Unit Water Lines

By rick.craven

What is a HPC water monitoring slide? 

Described in the HSE approved code of practice, a HPC water monitoring slide - or red sampler - is a means of testing the microbial content of liquids.

Dipslides or samplers are the most commonly used method of measuring and monitoring biofilm within the dental setting.

Conducting a Successful Audit

By rick.craven

Audits, love them or hate them, they form an essential requirement for any successful practice to improve the quality of work while improving profitability continually.

Having evidence of quality improvement and clinical effectiveness is essential for a practice to show the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that they are compliant with the Fundamental Standards and Key Lines of Enquiry.

A practice should be able to demonstrate that the service is:

Manufacturer Guidelines

By rick.craven

How do manufacturers guidelines help reduce your validation costs and ensure you are testing correctly?

Obtaining and following manufacturer guidance ensures your equipment is tested correctly.

The tests and procedures explained within manufacturers guidance have been taken from the existing HTM guidance and have been proven to validate the majority of equipment currently used in healthcare decontamination.

Direct Access: So what is it?

By rick.craven

What is Direct Access?

Direct Access is giving patients the option to see a Dental Care Professional (DCP) without having first seen a Dentist.

This requirement was removed in May 2013 by the GDC, which has allowed some Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) to provide a range of services directly to patients without a prescription from a Dentist which is within their scope of practice.