Life Support & Medical Emergencies in the Dental Surgery- 2-2.5 Hours

A patient could collapse on any premises at any time, whether they have received treatment or not. It is therefore essential that all registrants must be trained in dealing with medical emergencies, including resuscitation, and possess up to date evidence of capability. General Dental Council ‘Scope of Practice’ 2013

The GDC also state that each member of the dental team must complete at least 10 hours of medical emergencies training within every 5 year CPD cycle. It is recommended you do 2 hours every year

This course complies with the requirements and recommendations made by the GDC, Resuscitation Council UK and the CQC.

General Information

This short course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to manage a medical emergency within the dental Practice. You will also gain confidence in using your own medical equipment and drugs in a number of simulated emergency scenarios.

Course Content

The course will cover the following:

The structured approach to patient assessment & Treatment-ABCDE
Recognition and treatment of Chest Pain, Anaphylaxis, Hypoglycemia, Hyperglycemia, Convulsions, Asthma, Stroke, Cardiac Arrest, Choking
Use of emergency drugs and equipment- Oxygen, AED and Airway Adjuncts
Use of Pulse Oximeter and Glucometer
Use of Auto- injectors and IM Injection technique
Team working and non- technical skills
Risk assessments and equipment checks

Course structure and programme

The course is very practical in nature and candidates will work in small groups to assess and treat a simulated emergency in the dental chair or waiting room. The instructor plays the patient role and is a very convincing patient!
Candidates are expected to manage the patient using a structured approach using your own equipment and drugs

Course Length

This course is at least 2 contact hours

The course is run in accordance with the RCUK guidance and that of the GDC and CQC

This course of practical hands-on experience using simulated scenarios and role-play that delivers the skills and confidence to manage a situation in real life.

Course Assessment

Assessment is continuous


On completion of the course candidates will receive a certificate with 2 hours verifiable CPD which has approval from Health Education England

On completion of the course the practice will receive a host of resources to help them assimilate the knowledge and skills. This includes medical emergencies flow charts to use as an aide memoir after the course and access to our clinical support telephone advice line and web site support pages.