Handling Dental Clinic Emergencies

We have a new process for emergencies in our clinical areas for those instances where the person needs to go directly to the Emergency Department.

Emergencies Protocol

  1. Student or staff member notifies Attending Faculty of Emergency
  2. Supervising faculty member assesses how serious the emergency is.
    • Minor emergency situation:
      • Problem resolved, and incident reported to the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs (IDinc event report completed), and appropriate entries have been made into the patient record as applies.
    • Moderate Emergency (e.g., Diastolic > 120mm, etc):
      • Call ED 733-0185 to alert them a patient will be transported to the ED.
      • Problem resolved, and incident reported to the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs (IDinc event report completed), and appropriate entries have been made into the patient record as applies.
    • Serious emergency situation:
      • If CODE BLUE emergency:
        • Faculty remains with victim, directs someone to Call CODE BLUE TEAM, another to get AED, Medical Emergency Kit, Emergecy Oxygen, and Crash Cart, begins basic life support CPR
        • Call CODE BLUE Team (5-#-66)
        • Tell operator the location of the CODE BLUE is in the “DENTAL TOWER”
        • Send two people to be posted and remain, at both the floor of occurrence and the first floor elevator doors to direct CODE BLUE Team.
        • Emergency treatment of victim transferred to CODE BLUE TEAM, and victim transported out of UFCD to SHANDS. Incident reported to Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs (COF completed), and appropriate entries have been made into the patient record as applies.
        • If not a CODE BLUE emergency:
          • Call Oral Surgery Emergency Number (9-413-1143)
          • After the series of beeps use the numeric paging process, and enter the 4-digit room location (e.g., 0217, for the Undergrad Operative Clinic in room D2-17)
          • Send student or staff to meet OS responder at elevator on 1st floor, (if in 1st floor clinic at OMFS oak doors).
          • Send another person to get medical emergency kit, emergency oxygen, AED, and Crash Cart.
          • Oral Surgery First Responder Asssessment:
            • Moderate emergency
              • Call ED 733-0185 to alert them a pt will be transported to the ED.
              • Problem resolved, and incident reported to the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs (IDinc event report completed), and appropriate entries have been made into the patient record as applies.
            • Serious emergency: non-Code Blue
              • Emergency victim transferred to SHANDS ED, incident reported to Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs (IDinc event report completed), and appropriate entries have been made into the patient record as applies.
            • Serious emergency: Code Blue
              • Call CODE BLUE Team (5-66)
              • Tell operator the location of the CODE BLUE is in the “DENTAL TOWER”
              • Send two people to be posted and remain, at both the floor of occurrence and the first floor elevator doors to direct CODE BLUE Team.
              • Emergency treatment of victim transferred to CODE BLUE TEAM, and victim transported out of UFCD to SHANDS. Incident reported to Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs via IDinc and appropriate entries have been made into the patient record as applies.

 

Emergency Phone Numbers

  • Medical Emergency: Oral Surgery 9-413-1143
    Enter 4-digit room location after series of beeps
  • Code Blue Team * “Dental Tower” for location 5-#-66
  • Shands Emergency Department (ED) 733-0185 to alert the Charge Nurse that a dental patient is being transported to the ED
  • Needle-stick Hotline (SHCC) 866-477-6824

Other Emergencies

  • Fire 911
  • Physical Plant Control 273-5560
  • University Police and Security
  • 392-1111
  • Shands Operator 5-5-0111
  • Dental Maintenance 273-8001
  • Housekeeping 273-9700