Nashville, TN (PRWEB) April 23, 2013
A growing number of states are passing legislature mandating the presence of an AED or automated external defibrillator in a dental office. Nineteen states have already passed dental office AED placement mandates. These states include: Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
One of the drivers of AED placement in dental offices is the prevalence of anesthesia and sedation. Although regarded as one of the safer practices, some drugs have undesired side effects. Propofol, a common anesthesia in dental practices, has unlikely but possible side effects that can cause sudden cardiac arrest including: palpitations and seizures. (source 1,2,3)
Recently, cases of sudden cardiac arrest death have gained national media attention. States with dental office AED mandates note the need for proper vital signs monitoring including pulse and breathing rates. Handheld Pulse oximeters can be used to monitor breathing, and in extreme cases, an AED is needed to revive sudden cardiac arrest in a victim that is in a sedated state.
Whether voluntary or mandated, dental offices pursue a desired standard of care. Dentists find risks and implement safety solutions to reduce office related death and injuries. Proactive dentists aware of the risk association with anesthesia and sedation are urged to take action and create a safer office environment.
AED.com has been an AED provider for over 13 years, and has examined buying trends from various industries over the years. "We have seen a great increase in the amount of dental practices purchasing AEDs in both mandated and non-mandated states," commented Justin Darby, Director of Marketing for AED.com. "Medical practices are finding that maintaining an AED in their facility where hundreds of people visit each week is now becoming the standard of care."
AED.com has created dental AED packages tailored to meet office needs. Darby states "AED.com provides everything needed for a sudden cardiac arrest event in these all-inclusive packages to make the ordering process simple, easy, and at a much lesser cost.” To view a dental package, please visit http://www.aed.com/aed-packages-page/dental-aed-packages.html.