Welcome to our section on patient safety. Both Drs. Robert G. McNeill and Stephanie R. Ganter are board certified surgical specialists who lecture on emergency management and patient safety issues. Please feel free to download the attached word document for a written emergency plan and customize it for your practice. We would suggest that you also use that sheet when you practice your office emergencies with your staff.
If you are a dentist, a sample emergency drill that you can customize for your office is available below. Work with it and modify it to suit your staff and your practice. I would highly advise that as a team you practice various emergency scenarios every 1-2 months.
In addition, we have assistants who are certified by the Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination. Both Drs. Ganter and McNeill have BLS, ACLS and PALS certification and are licensed by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to provide levels 3 and 4 sedation.
Both doctors have completed a two year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona School of Medicine. One of the benefits of this type of fellowship training is that it has gives them the ability to utilize various non-pharmacological techniques to improve patient safety and comfort.
During 2016, Dr. McNeill had the opportunity to serve as a member of a Blue Ribbon Panel on dental sedation safety for the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. This experience gave him the opportunity to evaluate what happens in dental offices when things go wrong. Having a well trained team around you can make a difference. Patient safety is very much a team approach!
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