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What Dental Professionals Need to Know About CPR

Learn about the New York State CPR requirements for dental professionals.

All Dentists and Hygienists in New York State are required to renew their CPR certification. Why? When someone stops breathing or the hearts stops beating, he or she can survive for only 4 to 6 minutes before lack of oxygen can result in brain damage or death.

At ADKHW, our healthcare training courses are ideal for dental CPR certification. We provide a hands-on experience that enhances performance and improves outcomes in the field. All of our classes are taught by Registered Nurses who bring real experience and knowledge to saving lives. If you want to schedule a training for your office, please click here!

It’s mandatory for Dentists and Hygienists to be certified in CPR through an institute that is recognized by the New York Dental Association. ADKHW is proudly affiliated with The American Heart Association. Dentists also have to have an in-person, hands on test in order to get their CPR certification card. An online course does not fulfill the New York State requirement.

There are many types of CPR trainings, so we are going to break it down for you!

All Dentists, Hygienists and Dental Assistants need to be BLS (Basic Life Support) certified.

BLS CPR Certification Includes:

  • How to recognize several life-threatening emergencies
  • Give high-quality chest compressions
  • Deliver appropriate ventilations
  • How to use an AED

If you’re a Dentist who uses anesthesia, like an Oral Surgeon, it’s required that you’re certified in ACLS (Advanced Life Support). Hygienists and Dental Assistants do not need to take this course, as it’s not in their scope of practice.

ACLS CPR Certification Includes:

  • How to recognize several life-threatening emergencies
  • Give high-quality chest compressions
  • Deliver appropriate ventilations
  • How to use an AED
  • Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
  • Airway management
  • Related pharmacology and management of acute coronary syndromes and stroke

For Pediatric Dentistry, recertification in PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) is mandatory. This is only required for Dentists, as it falls out of the scope of practice for Hygienists and Dental Assistants.

PALS CPR Certification Includes:

  • Includes child CPR and AED use
  • Cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations
  • Management of respiratory emergencies
  • Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy
  • Systematic approach to pediatric assessment vascular access

A few things to note when becoming certified in CPR…

  • All CPR courses need to have a hands-on, test out
  • An online course is not acceptable
  • CPR training can be counted towards continuing education course work
  • A copy of the CPR card is required for proof of completion
  • Certifications through ADKHW is valid for 2 years.

There you have it! There is a lot to know about CPR and the requirements dental offices need to meet! It’s vital for all dental professionals to stay up to date on their CPR certification because you never know when you’ll need to act in an emergency.

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