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Continuing Dental Education

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6-Hour Medical Emergencies - Prevention & Management of Medical Emergencies for Dental Hygienists and Others

Course Closed Course Has Already Been Held
Date: Friday, November 15, 2013
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Credit: 6 hours
Location: UNC School of Dentistry
Cost: $279.00 Dentist
$279.00 Team Member
Sponsor: Continuing Dental Education


Course Description
The basic principles for prevention and treatment of medical emergencies apply to treating patients in all dental care practice settings. However, it is essential that dental hygienists providing dental care under limited supervision in North Carolina be prepared to identify high-risk patients, assess pertinent clinical signs and symptoms and render effective stabilizing treatment until qualified medical assistance arrives. Whether you practice in a traditional setting or under limited supervision, this course is designed to review basic principles of risk reduction, patient assessment and treatment options for selected emergency situations. Case studies will be reviewed to help participants understand how to deal with patients who present with syncope, postural hypotension, cardiac events, diabetic reactions, allergic reactions and airway obstructions. Related risk factors such as hypertension, obesity, drug interactions and hyperglycemia will be emphasized.

1. Evaluate the effectiveness of your current state of preparation for common dental office emergencies and develop a more effective plan for handling these occurrences.

2. Explain the importance of the following factors in preventing and managing an emergency situation
--Patient's medical history
--Patient's vital signs
--Portable oxygen tank and respiratory adjuncts
--Emergency kit

3. Describe the etiology, symptoms and preferred treatment for the following dental office emergencies
--Posture hypotension
--Aspiration or swallowing of a foreign object
--Allergic reaction
--Myocardial infarction
--Sudden cariac arrest

Ms. Vickie Overman currently serves as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Dental Ecology at the UNC School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill and the director of the Preventive-Recall Service. She received her B.S. in dental auxiliary teacher education at UNC in 1981 and a master's degree in adult and higher education in 1983. Currently, Ms. Overman serves on the Procter and Gamble lecture board and acts as an editoral reviewer for the Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, the Journal of Dental Hygiene and the International Journal of Dental Hygiene. Ms. Overman currently holds memberships in several professional organizations such as the ADHA, IADR, and ADEA. She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate dental hygiene programs as well as the undergraduate D.D.S. curriculum. She also serves as senior clinic coordinator in the dental hygiene program. Her course responsibilities include community dental health, dental materials, dental radiology lab and clinical dental hygiene; she teaches clinically in both the preventive recall clinic and the radiology clinic. In 1995, she co-authored the textbook Radiographic Imaging for the Dental Team with UNC's Dr. Sally Mauriello and Dr. Rick Platin. Additionally, Ms. Overman has presented over 100 continuing education programs at the local, state and national levels. Over the years, Ms. Overman has given a number of lectures in Moldova and has contributed to initiating and participating in a fluoride varnish program for the children of Moldova. So far this program has treated over 4,500 children in that country's schools and orphanages.

- M.Ed., Adult and Higher Education, University of North Carolina, 1983
- B.S., D.A.T.E., University of North Carolina, 1981

Ms. Jennifer Brame, RDH, MS is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Ecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a B.S. Degree in Dental Hygiene and a M.S. Degree in Dental Hygiene Education with a minor in oral pathology. Jennifer's primary responsibilities include didactic and clinical teaching in the UNC Dental Hygiene Program. She is currently the first-year clinical director and also teaches Dental Hygiene Theory, Dental Anatomy and Physiology, Dental Hygiene Specialty Practicum, and Introduction to Dental Office Management. She has presented several continuing education courses with topics including preventive oral hygiene products, treatment for the pregnant patient, dental office ergonomics and dental hygiene instrumentation.

- MS, Dental Hygiene Education, University of North Carolina, 2003
- BS, Dental Hygiene, University of North Carolina, 2001

Refund Policy
Since considerable advance planning is necessary for this continuing education program, a registration refund, less a $50 fee, will be issued for cancellations received by November 8, 2013. The cancellation fee is necessary to cover materials and facilities costs incurred for each participant, which are non-refundable to us. No refunds will be issued after November 8, 2013.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation or postponement, the University will fully refund registration fees but is not responsible for any related costs or expenses to participants, including cancellation fees assessed by hotels, airlines, rental car or travel agencies.

Disclosure Statement
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the activity.