As medical professionals in the dental industry, we all want to feel prepared and equipped to handle an emergency in our offices. Minor emergencies can turn for the worst if we don’t meet the OSHA and CDC standards in responding to these situations.
There are also state requirements you want to meet and have a clear understanding of, besides what we will discuss here today. Make sure you reach out to your state dental governing associationsto learn more about what is required of your practice.
In this article, we will discuss how to acquire and complete a dental emergency kit that can be used on-site in the event a patient or employee needs it. There are resources online to purchase full kitsthat are approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). You may also complete your own package that will satisfy all of these governing bodies.
Emergency Kit Contents For Patient Care
Each state may have its own guidelines for emergency kits, so check with the state regulatory bodies to ensure you are in compliance. You will also want to check with your insurance carrier to see if they have requirements for safety kits since you are technically caring for individuals who have a compromised dental health issue.
Patient Care Supplies
The listed items below will also be included in the employee medical kits. Therefore, you can double up on purchasing to ensure everyone in your office is covered.
Dental Office Complianceis based in MA and in MA there are special requirements for your medical emergency kit for your office. The basic office that does not have any anesthesia permit has to have:
- Acetylsalicylic acid – readily absorbable form
- Ammonia inhalants
- Epinephrine (adult and child), preloaded syringes -2 syringes of each is recommended
- Portable oxygen cylinder E tank capacity or oxygen wall supply
- Ambu-bag or portable bag-mask ventilator
- Adult autoclavable or disposable oxygen face mask
- Child autoclavable or disposable oxygen face mask
- Automated external defibrillator (AED)
- Adult defibrillator pads (2 sets)
- Child defibrillator pads (2 sets)
- Alternative light source
- Disposable CPR masks-adult
- Disposable CPR masks-child
- Assorted sizes of disposable syringes
Each employee should be well versed, trained, and prepared to handle the emergency kit. This includes how to administer the drugs in pill, inhaler, or injectable applications. All doses should be well established, and methods of delivery should be discussed before the kit is ever needed. Your office should have yearly emergency drills that include going over each team member’s role in the event of an emergency.
We suggest that the kits be checked at least every month or more depending on how often the equipment or supplies are used. Even if it hasn’t been used, make sure expiration dates are evaluated and replacements are ordered, so the kit is always current and in compliance. Finally, some of the items on the list may require additional training. This should be discussed with your staff and placed on a routine refresher course once a year.
A dental practice that is prepared for an emergency is going to win the praise of their clients and staff. These practices will help employees feel confident in their ability to help patients and will create a healthier workplace for everyone.