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.

Gypsum Waste

By stacey.firman

Gypsum waste disposal

Dental study models contain gypsum and plaster. Gypsum was banned from normal landfill in 2009. If gypsum is mixed with other biodegradable waste in the normal landfill then hydrogen sulphide gas can be released. Hydrogen sulphide is a toxic colourless, flammable gas with a very distinct foul odour – rotten eggs. Exposure to hydrogen sulphide can lead to some adverse health effects such as breathing difficulties, discoloration of skin and eye irritation.

Dental Amalgam and Mercury Spillages

By stacey.firman

What is amalgam?

Amalgam is a filling material used by dentists across the world for almost 150 years. It was first documented in a Tang Dynasty medical text book in China written by Su Kung in 659. It was in the 1800’s that dental amalgam became the material of choice to restore cavities caused by decay.

Amalgam is a mixture of powdered metal alloys containing tin, silver, zinc and copper. 50% of amalgam is made up of mercury.

What are the Key Lines of Enquiry?

By stacey.firman

Key lines of enquiry are the standard questions which the CQC will ask during their inspection visits.


By stacey.firman

What is a policy?

A policy is a set of rules and principles for the workplace. These rules and principles are a guide for managers and workers, essentially setting out accepted workplace behaviour, systems, quality controls and the expectations of the workforce.

The policies should be developed, monitored and maintained. And the policies should be read and reviewed by all workers on a regular basis.

There is a huge benefit to having well developed policies in a workplace. These benefits can be:

The Importance of Preparing in Advance for a CQC Visit

By stacey.firman

We were recently asked to visit a practice who was due to have their inspection. The CQC had called to give them a two week notice period before their inspection date. The practice had been asked by the CQC to send in any complaints from patients and asked to place a patient feedback box in the waiting area. The feedback box was to encourage patient feedback about the practice.