Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
D A 57OFFICE EMERGENCY PROCEDURESSummer 2013
2 hours lecture.2 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 24 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 2 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Certificate of Achievement,   AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 11/14/12

1. Description -
Overview of psychological or common medical problems which could lead to an emergency situation in a dental office. Emphasis placed on prevention, management, and legal issues of an emergency response. Intended for students in the dental assisting program.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. identify the common medical emergencies that occur in the dental office
  2. describe the underlying biological processes responsible for the emergency.
  3. describe the signs and symptoms for common medical emergencies.
  4. list procedures to manage common medical emergencies.
  5. indicate the methods to prevent common medical emergencies in the dental office
  6. identify the drugs and equipment used in the treatment of common medical emergencies and the components of a basic emergency kit and their primary uses in the emergency.
  7. identify patients who are at higher risk for medical emergencies through physical evaluations, such as vital signs and ASA assessment.
  8. practice simulated emergency situations and describe the procedures which would be appropriate in the management of these situations.
  9. describe the legal and ethical responsibilities of the dental team in the management of emergency situations.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Dental units for simulated office situations, oxygen tanks and delivery unit, armamentarium for administration of emergency drugs.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. identify the common medical emergencies that occur in the dental office
    1. syncope
    2. postural hypotension
    3. angina
    4. acute myocardial infarct
    5. cerebrovascular accident
    6. choking
    7. hyperventilation
    8. asthma
    9. drug related emergencies
    10. diabetes mellitus
  2. describe the underlying biological processes responsible for the emergency.
    1. pathophysiology
    2. contribution of stress and anxiety
    3. pre-existing conditions
  3. describe the signs and symptoms for common medical emergencies.
    1. clinical manifestations
  4. list procedures to manage common medical emergencies.
    1. conscious patient versus unconscious patient
    2. patient positioning
    3. airway-breathing-circulation (BLS)
    4. definitive care
    5. staff assignments
  5. indicate the methods to prevent common medical emergencies in the dental office
    1. medical history assessment
    2. treatment modifications
    3. office and staff preparation
  6. identify the drugs and equipment used in the treatment of common medical emergencies and the components of a basic emergency kit and their primary uses in the emergency.
    1. equipment
      1. oxygen
      2. AED unit
      3. ambu bag
    2. drugs
      1. nitroglycerin pills or spray
      2. antihistamine
      3. epinephrine
      4. inhaler
      5. analgesic
      6. ammonia vaporale
      7. glucose
  7. identify patients who are at higher risk for medical emergencies through physical evaluations, such as vital signs and ASA assessment.
    1. ASA physical status clarification system
      1. ASA I
      2. ASA II
      3. ASA III
      4. ASA IV
      5. ASA V
  8. practice simulated emergency situations and describe the procedures which would be appropriate in the management of these situations.
    1. syncope
    2. postural hypotension
    3. angina
    4. acute myocardial infarct
    5. cerebrovascular accident
    6. choking
    7. hyperventilation
    8. asthma
    9. drug related emergencies
    10. diabetes mellitus
  9. describe the legal and ethical responsibilities of the dental team in the management of emergency situations.
    1. liability to staff and dentist
    2. risk management
    3. standard of care
    4. respondeat superior
    5. ethics
      1. patient autonomy
      2. nonmaleficence
      3. veracity
      4. competence
      5. integrity
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Assignment(s) - Reflection papers
  2. Group Project - Dental emergency video
  3. Midterm - Multiple choice and short answer
  4. Final - Multiple choice and short answer
7. Representative Text(s) -
Miyasaki, C., Dental Office Emergencies Syllabus
Malamed, Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office, 6th edition, Mosby, 2007.
ISBN-13: 978-0-323-04235-2 (Textbook is nationally recognized and standard of care)

8. Disciplines -
Dental Technology

 
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Didactic lecture
  2. Role playing
  3. Small group assignments and discussions.
 
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
 
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading chapter 31 in textbook.
  2. Reflection paper
  3. Video dialogue and video.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the A.S. degree and the Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-11 16:10:03


Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines