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Emergency Medical Training 2020 (Part 1)

April 6, 2020

Torrential weather marked the morning of our annual medical emergencies in a dental practice seminar. Actually held at our dental practice. Getting there may have been a medical emergency. After drought and catastrophic bush fires, we have now flooding rains…. that’s Australia for you.

Our demonstrator from Cynergex brought “George” with them again. Who’s “George”? That’s the guy who does not look well and we practice our CPR on him. The demonstrator is a trained paramedic. So after drying out, we were ready for about 5 hours of training plus breaks.

George in the waiting room - not looking well

Topics covered:

  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Cardiac Arrest – review the steps DRSABCD
  • Heart Attack
  • Angina Pectoris
  • CPR
  • Practice the Defibrillator on “George”
  • Use of Puffers
  • Anaphylactic Shock
  • Use of Adrenaline
  • Maintenance and use of our Oxygen tank
  • Maintenance and use of the our Red Emergency Bag
  • Maintenance of our Defibrillator
  • Medical Emergency Scenarios in the surgery and waiting room
George having his head titled back for ease of breathing and other hand finding position to start CPR

Let’s start with “George” and CPR. It’s important to place one hand at the base of the sternum and tilt the head back.

The hand on the sternum is to locate the best place ready for the heel of the hand to start CPR compression.

The tilt of the head is to ensure the airway is open and be able to best inspect the mouth and throat for any obstructions.

We also learnt a new variation on the Stroke mnemonic of FAST. It’s now BE FAST:

  • B – Balance: not standing up well
  • – Eyes: not responsive
  • F – Face: facial expression distorted
  • A – Arm: loss of grip
  • S – Speech: slurred
  • T – Time: get to hospital ASAP!

We also practiced our Send – for help. In our surgery we have a red bag that contains our medical emergency kit, so we would call out “Red Bag, Red Bag, Red Bag!” The other staff would respond that they have heard “Red Bag, Red Bag, Red Bag!” This sets off people to perform necessary tasks – Carry the Red Bag to the area of the emergency; Call the ambulance and if enough staff – document the event.

Why Red Bag? This not a normal terminology we would use in our day to day work. To say this is a big deal, rather than “need help”.

Green Oxygen Bag, Oxygen Tank, Red Bag - Medication & Equipment

Next in Series: Emergency Medical Training 2020 (Part 2)

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