National Dental Advisory Committee - Emergency Drugs & Equipment in Primary Dental Care

Report on the use of emergency drugs and equipment in Primary Dental Care.


  • Emergency drugs must be available in the dental practice at all times.
  • Emergency equipment must be available in the dental practice at all times.
  • Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) must be available in all dental practices.
  • The requirement to take emergency drugs and equipment to each episode of domiciliary care should be on the basis of a risk assessment.
  • If the risk assessment deems the domiciliary care to have a raised level of risk, emergency drugs and equipment must be available to the dental team;
    • A secondary set of emergency drugs and equipment must remain in the practice, when patients are being treated, if the primary set are taken on a domiciliary visit.
  • Dental teams must familiarise themselves with current Resuscitation Council guidance.
  • Records of staff medical emergency training consistent with the training requirements stated in this document must be made available at practice inspection.
  • Resuscitation training must focus on the dental team, using scenarios to practise assessing and managing sick patients using the ABCDE rapid assessment tool. A course outline should be provided and distributed prior to the training session.
  • The resuscitation training must include a practical demonstration and training in the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).


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