Why do we need to be CPR certified?
If any of our patients have a cardiac arrest or heart attack in the dental chair, will Dr. Y know what to do?
The answer is "Yes, he will take action and his staff will be ready to go along with it."
In about 12 states they will because dentists and their staff are required to learn and be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR.
Dentists and dental assistants are required to know and maintain CPR certification. While dental offices may seldom have a need for CPR skills, some dental procedures could cause a patient to experience a cardiac arrest. Dental office staff may not be required to maintain.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped. The American Heart Association recommends that everyone — untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike — begin CPR with chest compressions.
It's far better to do something than to do nothing at all if you're fearful that your knowledge or abilities aren't 100 percent complete. Remember, the difference between your doing something and doing nothing could be someone's life.