As every dentist knows an emergency dental kit can help save a life because dental emergencies can happen during the course of practice. These emergencies though can occur unexpectedly when you are working on a patient. Usually without proper treatment these emergencies can turn into something life-threatening.
Making sure that your dental emergency kit has the right type of treatment items you can ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have a dental emergency kit made?
- What is in your emergency dental kit?
- Where is your emergency kit placed?
- Does your staff know where the emergency kit is?
You can create a document to help you know whats in your dental emergency kit and the exasperation dates on anything that within the kit. Having this updated is vital to every emergency dental kit because out of date items could put patients at even more risk.
You should also have some type of sheet that will have the CANAL acronym on it. This can assist you with many different type of emergencies along with emergency drugs that could help treat those emergencies.
- Chest pain – oxygen, nitroglycerin
- Ventricular Fibrillation: ACLS drugs
- Dysrhythmias: ACLS drugs
- Myocardial infarction: oxygen, aspirin
- Foreign body obstruction: airway techniques
- Aspiration/Emesis: airway techniques
- Bronchospasm: oxygen, epinephrine
- Larygnospasm: oxygen
- Panic attack
- Transient ischemic attack
Allergic and drug reaction
- Latex allergy: diphenhydramine (benadryl)
- Epinephrine overdose
- Allergic reaction: diphenhydramine (benadryl)
- Anaphylaxis: epinephrine, diphenhydramine, albuterol, dexamethasone
- Local anesthetic overdose: oxygen
- Benzodiazepine overdose
- Narcotic overdose
Loss of consciousness
- Sudden cardiac arrest
- Syncope: ammonia
- Hypoglycemia: glucose
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