Managing the Medically Compromised Patient (for Dental Hygienists and Therapists)
This one-day course aims to update you on the current guidelines and protocols for treating patients with medical conditions in general dental practice.
More and more patients are presenting for treatment with complicating factors in their medical history. We'll discuss the impact of medical history on dental treatment and any action needed as a result.
We'll look at the common medical problems that all clinical staff are faced with, and revise the protocols and best practice requirements for these groups.
The course is run by the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London, which has a broad range of continuing professional development (CPD) short courses. These provide hands-on training from experienced staff in dedicated facilities.
The course will cover the following areas:
Importance: I am not a doctor, why do I need to know?
Prevalence of medical problems: how likely is it that I'll see a patient with a medical problem?
Risk assessment: to treat, wait or refer?
Pain and anxiety control: what can I do to reduce risk?
Patient access and positioning: before I book an appointment what do I need to consider?
Treatment modification: adapt or stop?
We'll also look at the following problems and their solutions:
Medical conditions which make a patient more likely to bleed - what do you need to do to reduce the risk?
Anti-thromobotic drugs and their impact on dental treatment - including the novel agents
INR: to do or not to do?
Be confident treating a patient after myocardial infarction
Antibiotics for cardiac patients: if the patient asks for them, what should I do?
Hip replacement: if the orthopaedic surgeon says the patient needs this, what should I do?
Patients having cancer therapy: what should I do, how can I help?
Dementia and it's impact on the mouth - what can I do to help?
Please note: there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss other scenarios in a group learning environment, so the above is by no means exhaustive.
By the end of the course, you should have:
developed an enhanced understanding of the risk assessment process when planning dental treatment for a patient
an increased awareness of the impact of medical conditions on the delivery of care
Who this course is for
You'll need to be a qualified dental hygienist or dental therapist.
The course will be delivered through lectures and a Q&A session.
CPD points and certificates
You'll earn 6.5 hours of verifiable CPD and will receive a certificate of attendance on completion.
Tel: +44 (0)20 8016 7600
Eastman Dental Hospital
256 Grays Inn road ,
Tel: 020 3456 7899
University College London Hospital
235 Euston Road,
Tel: 020 3456 7890