"First, Do No Harm” (Hippocratic Oath)
Develop a medical emergency team (Box C). Know what to look for – be familiar with predisposing factors and signs and symptoms of medical emergencies. Be alert – monitor the patient’s physical and emotional status during treatment – look for evidence of distress or adverse reactions, particularly when drugs are being administered to the patient. Train under simulated conditions. Check regularly the status of emergency drugs and other equipment (Box C).
Box C. Being Prepared.
|Emergency Team||Emergency Drugs||Emergency Drugs|
|Team supervisor (the dentist)||Epinephrine, 1:1,000|