By Sumesh P Mani
NAGPUR: In UK, it is mandatory for every dentist to take a course in emergency medicine every year to be able to handle emergencies like heart attack, reactions of medicines, effect of anaesthesia, etc. in dental patients under treatment. And India too should follow suit as it is something basic not only for doctors but also for common man who should be trained in basic life support (BLS) systems.
Dr Chetan Trivedy from Yardley Birmingham on Friday proposed this. He was in the city for a training course in BLS at the VSPM Dental College and theGovernment Dental College (GDC). Speaking to TOI, he said that it was the duty of a dentist to be able to render at least cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until help arrives. He should also be able to handle cases of asthma, epilepsy attacks in dental patients during treatment.
Dr Vinay Hazarey, the GDC dean, said, “Though the Dental Council of India too has been thinking of including emergency medicine in curriculum, I will write to the council to speed up the process. He also presented a joint study of GDC ‘Copper stimulated submucous fibrosis caused due to consumption of betel nut’ with Trivedy. Prof S M Ganvir, Dr Ananay Hazarey, Dr Varsha Mankar were among those present.
At the VSPM Dental College, the college vice dean Dr S S Shenoi suggested that as dental professionals every doctor should be able to address all emergencies during a dental procedure and dentist of each speciality should be able to handle it perfectly. The college dean Dr Usha Radke too stressed on the need for educating dentists in this direction and propagate the concept.
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