ACLS / Academy of General Dentistry PACE approval

 

When you go to a training seminar, no thought is given to your office staff which has little or no experience in performing intricate ACLS resuscitation skills.  In hospitals, members of the emergency team are pre assigned based upon their shift, experience, and job description.  However, in a dental office, given the myriad of staff scheduling, it is not possible to reliably pre-assign team responsibilities. Beside yourself, having another individual trained in ACLS would make dealing with an emergency easier. Read on for our discounted training offers.

A hospital or dental organization ACLS course requires you to go through three (3) different cardiac-arrest simulations employing: a) a team made up of the course participants (paramedics, nurses, physicians, or other dentists), b) unfamiliar emergency equipment, and c) simulated circumstances unlikely to occur in a dental facility.   

Ask yourself, what good are my ACLS skills if my clinic staff doesn't’t know what I want, what it’s called, where to find it, or how to use it?  You ask for epinephrine and they hand you the correct drug but the wrong dilution or the right drug but don’t affix the proper needle.  I can’t stress how important this is.  You and your staff will be trained using your emergency equipment in your operatory.  During these simulations, you may find that your crash cart was too bulky to move quickly or you might find that your staff didn't really know what to bring when you called for an emergency response.    The most illustrative story that I have (and this really happened) was that the AED was placed on a shelf unreachable by your shorter staff.  There they were, leaping for the top shelf becoming more and more frustrated by the second while you unwittingly wonder what is taking them so long.  Let's face it, emergencies are stressful enough when working with a familiar team and accustomed equipment. 

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