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The most common category of medical emergency in the dental environment is:

altered consciousness

The single most important step in preparing the office and staff to successfully manage a medical emergency is:

a well-prepared office emergency team

Basic life support for Healthcare Providers has been redefined to include what?


Emergency assistance should be sought:

whenever the doctor feels it is prudent to do so

Which of the emergency drugs is administered by injection?


Proper positioning for the patient suffering an acute asthmatic episode is:

45 degrees upright

In the unconscious victim the most common cause of airway obstruction is:

the tongue

Seeing spontaneous respiratory movements of the chest in the unconscious victim indicates that

the victim is attempting to breath, but the airway may still be obstructed

The P in the sequence PABCD stands for:


Epinephrine is an essential drug in the dentist's emergency medical kit. The correct dose for the treatment of anaphylactic shock is:

.3 to 5 mg, 1:1,000

Having a patient chew 325 mg of aspirin is indicated for management of:

Myocardial infarction

The best indication for administering epinephrine for medical emergencies in the dental office is for the treatment of:

Anaphylactic shock

A relatively new device that should be increasingly common in the dentist's emergency kit i

Automatic external defibrillator

Which of the following algorithms best describes the current scheme in treating medical emergencies?


A 63 year old patient starts slurring his speech and presents with a right-side facial droop. Local anesthesia was not given. The most likely diagnosis is:

Cerebral vascular accident

Nitroglycerin relieves chest pain in angina patients primarily by acting as a:


The patient becomes unconscious in your office. You should assume the patient has this diagnosis, until proven otherwise

vasedepressor syncope (simple faint)

Which of the following is the most important factor in determining whether someone will survive a cardiac arrest?

Performing CPR within 4-6 minutes of arrest

The patient is breathing rapidly and is wheezing. You suspect asthma and administer:

Inhalational bronchodialator

Rapid transport of the stroke patient to the hospital is critical because:

Morbidity can be reduced if fibronolytic therapy is given within 3 hours

Your patient is conscious, obese and is suffering from a compete foreign body airway obstruction. You cannot get your arms around the patient to perform a normal Heimlich maneuver. You should:

Have the patient fall on a chair, in essence performing their own Heimlich maneuver

Supplying supplemental oxygen to the patient is indicated for all conditions except:

Hyperventilation syndrome

A nervous 23 year old patient complains of tingling in their fingers and toes. You suspect hyperventilation syndrome and:

Have the patient breath slowly and deeply into their hands

The head tilt chin lie maneuver is necessary in an unconscious patient because:

It opens the airway by distracting the base of the tongue