All dentists and clinical staff must have the training and ability to perform basic cardiac life support techniques. The College strongly recommends that all dentists maintain current BLS certification (CPR Level HCP).
All dentists providing sedation and/or general anesthesia must maintain current BLS certification (CPR Level HCP) as a minimum.
CPR courses are offered across by numerous providers, including the Canadian Red Cross, Heart and Stroke Foundation, St. John Ambulance and others.
There are six basic drugs that should be included in the emergency kit of every dental office: oxygen, epinephrine, nitroglycerin, diphenhydramine or chlorpheniramine, salbutamol inhalation aerosol, and ASA.
The emergency drugs should have current dates and be stored in a readily identifiable and organized fashion (e.g. labelled trays or bags).
The following table presents the six basic drugs and their recommended dosages.
The College recommends your office have an emergency protocol. All office staff should be aware of this protocol and the procedures to follow when a medical emergency arises. Review the protocol at staff meetings so everyone is clear about who does what when a medical emergency occurs.