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Postgraduate Course: Resuscitation and the management of medical emergencies (DENT11176)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will look in depth at resuscitation and the management of medical emergencies
Course description This course is designed to ensure that the students have an understanding of the importance of resuscitation and the management of medical emergencies in the dental setting. These issues will need to be dealt with in various settings including when treating patients under local anaesthesia, intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia. Students will be taught how to manage the airway in a compromised patient and will be introduced to the concepts of immediate and advanced life support.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 100 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% practical exam
Feedback Feedback is generally provided within three weeks of the exam date.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to carry out a rapid and accurate assessment of a sick patient
  2. Describe the management of a medical emergency in a sick patient
  3. Immediately recognise when a patient requires CPR
  4. Deliver CPR with airway adjuncts effectively
  5. Discuss the concepts of ILS and ALS based on the relevant literature
Reading List
Lello S, Burke J, Taylor K. Review of the Available Guidance Regarding Management of Medical Emergencies in Primary Dental Care. Dent Update 2016; 43: 928-932

Resuscitation Council (UK): Resus Council 2010 guidelines:

Resuscitation Council (UK) Algorithms:

Resuscitation Council (UK) Emergency treatment of anaphylactic reactions:

Resuscitation Council (UK): Minimum equipment and drug list for cardiopulmonary resuscitation:

Resuscitation Council (UK): A systematic approach to the acutely ill patient:

British National Formularyť Medical emergencies in dental practice:

SDCEP Guidelines for drug prescribing for emergency management:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Development of critical awareness of the appropriate management of medical emergencies

Develop skills of critically reviewing, consolidating and extending knowledge, skills and thinking the assessment and management of a medical emergency in the dental setting
Keywordsmedical emergencies,resuscitation,advanced life support
Course organiserDr Julie Burke
Tel: (0131) 536 3972
Course secretaryMs Anna Atluri
Tel: (0131) 536 3979
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