Adequate preparation for emergencies reduces the possibility of an emergency occurring and further complications if it does occur. Preparation steps include:

  • Taking and reviewing a comprehensive medical and dental history.
  • Providing minimum basic life support (BLS) training for providers and staff.
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training, especially for those administering sedation and general anesthesia.
  • Initiation and coordination of an office emergency team.
  • Organizing an emergency drug kit and equipment.
  • Retraining on a regular basis.