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Protocol for Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Dental Setting

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Proper training enables oral health professionals to quickly respond to sudden cardiac arrest in dental patients.

After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Explain the prevalence of sudden cardiac arrest, as well as suggestions and requirements that dental settings be equipped with automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).
  2. Describe various pathologies for sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of AEDs when responding to these events.
  3. Discuss clinical manifestations of cardiac arrest and appropriate management strategies for oral health professionals.

This course was published in the December 2018 issue and expires December 2021. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.

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