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Medical Emergencies in Dental Practices




Half (0.5) Day

course overview

This non-accredited course provides participants with the skills and knowledge required to provide emergency medical assistance in a dental practice. This course covers resuscitation techniques in advanced airway management, management of anaphylactic shock and, managing symptoms and treatment for excessive medications when IV sedation is used i.e., Propofol, Midazolam.

This course is suitable for dentists and dental nurses requiring up-skilling in medical emergency management and can be used towards the required CPD points/hours to maintain clinical registration.

learning outcomes

The course covers the following:
• Primary survey - recognising and responding to an unwell patient
• Unconscious, not breathing patients - CPR (AED) - BLS and ALS with advanced airways (positioning + basic adjuncts), suction, BVM (ventilation techniques),
• i-gel®
• Single and team resuscitation
• Adult and child resuscitation
• Post resuscitation care
• Breathing patients (conscious + unconscious)
• Vital signs (Resp rate, Oxygen saturations, Heart rate, Conscious level (AVPU), Pain score)
• Oxygen delivery (indications / contras, flow rates, masks)
• Documentation and handover
• Medical complications and medications
• Hypoglycemia (glucose gel)
• Bronchospasm (salbutamol)
• Anaphylaxis
• Chest pain (aspirin)
• Seizures
• Sedation and anaesthesia considerations


Participants must:
• Perform uninterrupted CPR for at least 2 minutes on an infant manikin and adult manikin on the floor and use of an AED in line with procedures
• Provide photo I.D on entry
• Unless exempt, provide a verifiable USI number
• Be physically fit and healthy with capacity to perform manual tasks
• Be able to read, write, communicate orally, and understand and interpret complex information and situations
• Interact with others and work under pressure

Please ensure you read our Participant Handbook for further information on our policies, procedures, terms, and program conditions.

If you are unsure if you require learning support, SDS can provide access to a LLN assessment that identifies if any learning support is needed. Please ensure you inform the training team on registration, if you fail to inform the training team at registration, learning support may not be available on the day of training.

delivery method

Self-Paced Online Learning
Participants will be required to undertake pre course learning and successfully complete an online multiple-choice assessment. This must be completed prior to attending the classroom session. The estimated time to complete the online component is approximately 2-4 hours.

Classroom Session
Five (5) hours and consists of classroom-based theory learning with practical based activities.






Assessment includes multiple-choice knowledge assessment and practical based skills assessments.


On successful completion of pre-course, in class learning and assessment participants will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment for HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

In addition to the above, participants will also receive a Certificate of Attendance in Medical Emergencies in Dental Practices.

skills maintenance

To ensure your skills and knowledge are maintained it is critical you undertake regular skills maintenance training. The Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines recommend retraining in CPR at least annually.

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