Medical Histories and Medical Emergencies: Vital Signs for the Dental Team:

The population is aging, bringing older and more medically complex patients to the dental office. The chances of encountering a serious medical emergency are greatly increased.

The average general dental practice that doesn't offer advanced sedation services is often unprepared to respond to an unexpected medical emergency. Every member of the dental team must be fully versed in all procedures and the use of emergency equipment.

While having basic knowledge is important, motivating the team to be confidently prepared is the key. This course is designed to empower the general practice members to incorporate a medical emergency Action Plan into their standard of care. Prevention and treatment of emergencies will be covered, with emphasis on team synergy.

This program offers an upbeat and often humorous approach to a serious topic. It offers many pearls and practical hints that will be put to use the very next day.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:
• Analyze and utilize a "Medical History Questionnaire"
• Incorporate current blood pressure guidelines in evaluating treatment risk
• List the items important to have in a medical emergency kit

  • CE Credit: 3
  • Audience:
Cindy Kleiman

Cindy Kleiman, RDH, BS

Cindy Kleiman RDH, BS is an international speaker who graduated with her RDH degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She has spent her entire career working with the medically complex patient. She began her career at Moss Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, instilling in her a lifetime commitment to the special needs patient. When she moved to Phoenix, she founded the dental department at Good Samaritan Hospital Rehabilitation Institute. Cindy became faculty at Phoenix College in 1987, teaching the treatment of bedridden patients in the “Homebound” program. Cindy taught “Medical Histories and Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office” at the college for ten years. She also provided clinical care at a Phoenix nursing facility for 18 years. Currently Cindy consults with hospital ICU nurses throughout the world on control of oral infection, which may lead to a deadly condition called ventilator associated pneumonia. Cindy has published articles in both dental hygiene and nursing journals, including being a rare dental hygienist co-author in the prestigious American Journal of Critical Care. Cindy has been profiled in six national journals and has received five awards for providing unique care. Cindy’s courses are informative yet informal; she interacts with her audience in a style that is engaging and enjoyable. Cindy is available for booking in 2017 and beyond. Corporate sponsorship is often available for groups of sufficient size.