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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Mandating of Electronic FP17 Transmissions

By rick.craven

As of the 1st May 2019 the NHS Business Services Authority have advised that all FP17/FP170 submissions for new courses of treatment will have to be completed electronically.

What does this mean to Dental Practices who have until now completed all their claims via paper forms?

The Business Service Authority have advised:

Prior to the ceasing of paper FP17s, practices must make a decision on one of the following options: 

How do you validate your instrument manual cleaning procedure?

By rick.craven

Ensuring your instruments are clean and free of contaminants before sterilisation is vital to the decontamination cycle. 

If an instrument is not clean, it cannot be sterilised. Any debris will prevent steam contacting the surface so even if your steriliser passes the process, the load will not be sterile.

To comply with essential requirements, as per HTM 01-05 you must have a validated method of cleaning your instruments before sterilisation whether you manual clean, use an ultrasonic cleaner or a washer disinfector.

FGDP Standards in Dentistry

By rick.craven

The Faculty of General Dental Practice

The FGDP have released the second edition of its flagship publication "Standards in Dentistry". This guide for General Dental Practitioners and their teams sets out specific standards and guidance for a primary dental setting. 

Specific standards include:

2019 Bridge2Aid Lecture Series

By rick.craven

Isopharm are proud to be supporting an inspirational series of lectures through 2019 – designed for you, raising money for Bridge2Aid.

  • Up to 28 hours of CPD
  • 100% of proceeds to Bridge 2 Aid
  • Speakers provided by Dentex
  • Venue provided by DentsplySirona
  • Sponsored by Isopharm and Medifinance

Clinicians are invited to four exciting and inspirational CPD events presented by some leading lights in dentistry supported by Isopharm and hosted by Dentex.