Coping with the Realities of Dental Injuries

Credits: 1.0

Many anesthesiologists aren't familiar identifying problems with teeth, surrounding tissues, and intraoral prostheses, and documentation of the exam or injury, when it occurs, is often not included in the EMR. Anesthesiologists need to recognize problems with patient dentition; teeth, surrounding tissues, and intraoral prostheses. They also need to better advise patients, preoperatively, about the risks of dental trauma and employ strategies to reduce the risk of dental injuries to patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Cite a risk management strategy that you will implement to mitigate dental injuries
  • List the components of a pre-anesthesia dental assessment
  • Select the appropriate anesthesia appliances to reduce dental injuries in patients receiving general anesthesia

Faculty Information

Gian Paparcuri, MD Anesthesiologist, Salem, OR
Dr. Paparcuri’s education and training was at Universidad Central De Venezuela and then moved on to Miami, FL to continue residency and fellowship at the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Paparcuri provides anesthesia services at Salem Hospital in Salem, OR.

Eric Stoler, MD—Anesthesiologist, Vancouver, WA
Dr. Stoler is currently in private practice with Columbia Anesthesia Group in Southwest Washington. He has served on the board of the Washington State Society for Anesthesia and has worked for several years on the Claims Committee for Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company in Seattle, WA.

Roberta Keaty – Senior Claims Service Coordinator, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Roberta has over 30 years in the insurance industry and for the last 13 years at Physicians Insurance. Her expertise is handling dental injury claims, state disciplinary board matters and facilitating the retention of counsel for treating providers undergoing depositions. In addition, Roberta handles incoming calls from insureds reporting precautionary claims, claims and lawsuits providing initial guidance and support prior to the matter being assigned to a claims representative.

Planning Group

Joseph Deng, MD – Anesthesiologist, Oregon Anesthesiology Group, Portland, OR
Elaine Chong, MD – Anesthesiologist, Overlake Hospital, Bellevue, WA
Cathy Reunanen, ARM, CPHRM Senior Healthcare Risk Management Consultant, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Kari Adams – Claims Manager, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Cryss. Toycen – Risk Management CME Specialist, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Mesina McMurray – Content Development Project Manager, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Mary Ancheta – Risk Management Education Assistant, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA

Original release: March 2017
Expiration: March 2020


CME Information
This CME activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Essentials.
 
Category 1 credit is applicable throughout the United States.
 
Estimated time to complete this activity: 1 hour

Physicians in Washington State who complete this course will fulfill the risk management education requirement mandated by the Washington Health Services Act of 1993.


Accreditation
Physicians Insurance/Experix is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
Physicians Insurance/Experix designates this Internet enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
This activity meets the criteria for up to 1.0 hour of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.


Disclosure
At the time this course was developed, all planning and peer-review group members have certified that neither they nor their spouses/partners have, nor have had within the past year, any financial arrangements or affiliation with any commercial organization involved in the health-care goods or services consumed by or used on patients, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-health-care-related companies.
 
The content will not include mention of unapproved or investigational uses of products or devices.


Resolution of Conflicts of Interest
Physicians Insurance/Experix has implemented a process to resolve conflicts of interest for each continuing medical education activity to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance, and content that is aligned with the interest of the public. Conflicts, if any, are resolved through a peer-review process.

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