Friday, October 28th, 2011
Dentists are seeing an increasing number of elderly patients, which means the likelihood of an emergency is much greater, including sudden cardiac arrest. In such a critical situation, an automated external defibrillator can be the difference between life and death. It’s now law in New York State. Effective January 1,2012 all dental facilities must have an automated external defibrillator (AED) in their offices. This public health legislation, supported by NYSDA, ensures that the dental community is protecting the health and well-being of its patients so a patient can be treated promptly if he or she goes into cardiac arrest. At Revercomb Dental Professionals, we purchased our automated external defibrillator in the fall of 2009. After careful research our doctors purchased the lifeguard heartstart defibrillator. The staff at our dental practice has been trained through the American Heart Association. Our staff stays current in CPR and automated external defibrillator training to ensure the health and safety of our valued patients.