Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Nugent talk about Medical Emergencies:
We have an emergency kit that Dr. Nugent will use if a medical emergency arises. Most common emergencies include: loss of consciousness, choking, diabetic complications, seizures, orthostatic hypotension (usually from the gravitational stress of suddenly standing after laying down for extended amount of time), drug allergy, chest pain, asthma, stroke, and cardiopulmonary emergencies.
We hope we never have to use our emergency kit or training but we are prepared if an emergency arises.
We are very proud of the fact that we have an automated external defibrillator (AED) in our office. The AED is a computerized medical device that checks a person’s heart rhythm and applies a shock if appropriate. The AED uses voice prompts, lights and text messages on a display to tell the rescue team what steps to take.
The American Heart Association states that ventricular fibrillation (the heart is not pumping correctly and is quivering due to improper electrical stimulation) is the most common rhythm found in adults in witnessed, nontraumatic sudden cardiac arrest. For these victims, survival rates are highest when immediate CPR is provided and defibrillation occurs within three to five minutes.
If the need arises to perform CPR on someone at the office, they will be receiving the absolute highest standard of care possible. Immediate action gives the patient the best chance of survival while we wait for the ambulance.