Dental Practices must be equipped to manage medical emergencies and able to demonstrate that they have in place the correct equipment and training according to the General Dental Council, the Resuscitation Council (UK), and the Care Quality Commission.

Quality Care Commission (CQC)

As of 1 April 2011 the CQC require all providers to be fully compliant with their Guidance about Compliance: Essential standards of quality and safety.

In particular, outcome 9 the 'management of medicines':

9H It is a practitioner's responsibility to ensure that drugs required for resuscitation or medical emergencies are accessible in tamper evident packaging that allows them to be administered as quickly as possible. And outcome 11 the 'safety, availability and suitability of equipment'.

11H It is a practitioner's responsibility to ensure that equipment required for resuscitation or other medical emergencies is available and accessible for use as quickly as possible. Where the service requires it, this equipment is tamper proof.

General Dental Council (GDC)

The GDC in 'Standards for dental professionals' emphasise that:

All dental professionals are responsible for putting patients' interests first, and acting to protect them. And in their guidance 'Principles of dental team working'

All members of staff, not just registered team members, know their role if a patient collapses or there is another kind of medical emergency.

All members of staff who might be involved in dealing with a medical emergency are trained and prepared to deal with such an emergency at any time, and practise together regularly.

Resuscitation Council (UK)​

The Resuscitation Council (UK; 2006 and revised in 2013) guidelines Standards for Clinical Practice and Training for Dental Practitioners and Dental Care Professionals in General Dental Practice on the Resuscitation Council website] include that:

There is a public expectation that dental practitioners and dental care professionals should be competent in managing common medical emergencies.

Specific emergency drugs and items of medical emergency equipment should be immediately available in all dental surgery premises. These should be standardised throughout the UK.

All clinical areas should have immediate access to an automated external defibrillator (AED).

There should be regular practice and scenario based exercises using simulated emergencies.

Staff should be updated annually.

Audit of all medical emergencies should take place.

Download flow charts and medical fact sheets from our resource library for your practice and keep them ready with your emergency kit.

Further info...

Further information can be found on the governing bodies’ websites:
The General Dental Council website
The Care Quality Commission website
The UK Resuscitation Council website