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Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

New to this edition
  • Full-color drawings and updated photographs add realism to situations and equipment.
  • Information on AEDs (Automated Electronic Defibrillators) explains why these should be mandatory in every dental practice and describes how to use these devices properly.
  • A Pediatric Considerations chapter covers pediatric CPR and guidelines for basic life support.
  • A Medicolegal Considerations chapter discusses topics such as theories of liability, definitions of emergencies and standards, and limitations and requirements of the doctor-patient relationship.
  • An Evolve® website contains the Instructor's Resource Manual, an electronic image collection, and an ExamView® test bank.


Key Features

* Includes the latest American Heart Association guidelines for CPR. * Organized by clinical signs and symptoms to convey the information quickly and easily. * The Quick Reference Section to Life Threatening Situations provides seven algorithms on management of specific emergency situations.

Table of Contents

Part One: Prevention
1. Introduction
2. Prevention
3. Preparation
4. Medicolegal Considerations, written by Daniel L. Orr II, PhD, JD, MD
Part Two: Unconsciousness
5. Unconsciousness: General Considerations
6. Vasodepressor Syndrome
7. Postural Hypotension
8. Acute Adrenal Insufficiency
9. Unconsciousness: Differential Diagnosis
Part Three: Respiratory Distress
10. Respiratory Distress: General Considerations
11. Airway Obstruction
12. Hyperventilation
13. Asthma
14. Heart Failure and Acute Pulmonary Edema
15. Respiratory Distress: Differential Diagnosis
Part Four: Altered Consciousness
16. Altered Consciousness: General Considerations
17. Diabetes Mellitus: Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia
18. Thyroid Gland Dysfunction
19. Cerebrovascular Accident
20. Altered Consciousness: Differential Diagnosis
Part Five: Seizures
21. Seizures
Part Six: Drug-Related Emergencies
22. Drug-Related Emergencies: Genral Considerations
23. Drug Overdose Reactions
24. Allergy
25. Drug-Related Emergencies: Differential Diagnosis
Part Seven: Chest Pain
26. Chest Pain: General Considerations
27. Angina Pectoris
28. Acute Myocardial Infarction
29. Chest Pain: Differential Diagnosis
Part Eight: Cardiac Arrest
30. Cardiac Arrest and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
31. Pediatric Considerations
Appendix: Quick-Reference Section to Life Threatening Situations


Editorial Reviews

Book Info
Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles. Text for the entire dental office staff. Presents the importance of the basic steps of lifesaving: P: position, A: airway, B: breathing, C: circulation, and D: definitive care. Includes instructions on assembly of 'bare bones' emergency kit. Previous edition: c1993.

Customer Reviews
Avg. Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars Excellent resource., June 21, 2000
  Reviewer: A reader from Kansas

The best source on the subject. A must read for all practicing dentists. An excellent review of the things we all learned in dental school but may have forgotten.

5 out of 5 stars Comprehensive coverage for dental professionals., April 22, 1998

  Reviewer: Margaret J. Fehrenbach, RDH, MS, Educational Consultant ( from Seattle, WA

Very useful for reviews, and even basics, on a topic that is very important for dental professionals to keep up on. Could use another update since the topic needs to be kept current such as in the areas of diabetes and heart problems. Looking forward to the next edition!

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars The definitive text for dentists, lawyers, & consultants!, February 12, 1998

  Reviewer: A reader from Georgia

Dr. Malamed's book sets the standard for managing emergencies in the dental office; I remember it from my oral surgery rotation in 1985-86. Almost anyone knows his name and this book shows why! Buy it and read it before it is needed (at an inopportune time)!