Back in 2006 the Resuscitation Council (UK) issued a statement regarding the safety of patients in dental practices. This statement includes the expectation that all dental practitioners and their support staff should be able to deal promptly and effectively with any medical emergency.
The council l also advised all dental practices to install a defibrillator, as doing so means you can act if anyone requires life saving first aid.
Regular checks of equipment
Once you have a defibrillator installed, it is imperative that the unit receives regular health checks and is monitored for decreasing battery and defibrillator pad life.
Recently the Care Quality Commission reviewed a medical surgery’s defibrillator unit and stated the following:
‘The machine had an ‘out of order’ notice on it, and the pads were past their use by date. When we asked to see this machine working, the batteries were not charged and the machine would not switch on.
The staff were not able to show us a protocol for maintaining this equipment and the manager told us the senior partner usually dealt with this. However the senior partner was on leave at the time of our inspection and the other partners were unable to provide any information.’
If an emergency situation arises in a surgery and the defibrillator equipment has not been adequately looked after, then certain elements will not function properly and the unit will not be rescue ready when the time comes.
When it comes to defibrillator training, it is advisable that more than one person has full training and knowledge of the defib unit to cover for absence and holiday.
If you would like to know more information regarding our dental defibrillator packages, you could always give our friendly defibshop team a call on 0800 470 4847. Or you can fill out one of contact forms and one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.