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Medical Emergencies in the Dental Practice [Infographic]

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The ADA Council on Dental Practice (CDP), with support from the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) and ADA Member Advantage, conducted the 2018 CDP Survey on Preparedness for Medical Emergencies in the Dental Practice in order to assess preparedness for medical emergencies that could occur in the dental practice and to determine what resources or information the ADA could provide to ensure that dentists and their staff members were appropriately trained to respond in the event of an emergency in the dental practice. 

Among other things, the survey found that 97 percent of responding dental practices have a plan to address medical emergencies, and 86 percent have trained staff in handling such events. The most common approaches to staff emergency training are:

  • Reviewing written materials
  • Live training by an outside presenter
  • Training exercises

Additional survey findings are summarized in the infographic below.

Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office infographic

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The 2018 CDP Survey on Preparedness for Medical Emergencies in the Dental Practice emailed to a random sample of 20,014 professionally active licensed dentists during Q1 2018. The survey was completed by 529 individuals, giving it an overall adjusted response rate of 2.8%, which the ADA Health Policy Institute advises is typical for an online survey of this type.

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