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Professional Education
Prevention of Dental Errors for Florida Dental Practices
The purpose of this continuing dental education activity is to provide dentists with the most current information regarding the prevention of common performance and diagnostic errors. The course covers: • Identification of the most common quality-of-care violations. • Illustrative case studies detailing prevalent diagnostic and performance errors. • The necessary elements of an RCA. • Safety systems in healthcare organizations. • Risk management measures designed to prevent dental errors and increase patient safety. This course is specific to Florida statutes and reflects regulations effective in February 2018 for dentists licensed by the Florida Board of Dentistry.

Professional Education
Prevention of Dental Errors for Dental Practices
Few dental errors are attributed to faulty judgment. More commonly, they are attributed to system failures inherent in healthcare delivery. By drawing on our professional liability closed claims data, we have identified common performance and diagnostic errors: wrong-site surgery, improper performance of dental procedure, wrong or unnecessary treatment or procedure, retention of foreign body during treatment, and diagnosis related. We analyzed loss prevention measures in tandem with the elements necessary to conduct a credible and thorough root cause analysis (RCA) to reduce system failures, respond to sentinel events, prevent dental errors, and improve patient safety. The purpose of this continuing dental education activity is to provide dentists with the most current information regarding the prevention of common performance and diagnostic errors. The course covers: • Identification of the most common quality-of-care violations. • Illustrative case studies detailing prevalent diagnostic and performance errors. • The necessary elements of an RCA. • Safety systems in healthcare organizations. • Risk management measures designed to prevent dental errors and increase patient safety.

Aug 04, 2022
Anesthesia Care: Strategies for Preventing Dental Injuries
Brent Lee, MD, MPH, FASA, Director, Clinical Excellence and Performance Improvement, North American Partners in Anesthesia, and Karen Fielder, RN, JD, Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, North American Partners in Anesthesia
Being aware of the causes of tooth damage related to surgical intubation can help anesthesia clinicians avoid future problems.

May 25, 2021
Reduce the Risk of Wrong-Tooth Dental Procedures
Sue Boisvert, BSN, MHSA, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, The Doctors Company
Wrong-site procedures are a common problem in dentistry. A wrong tooth extraction can be prevented with the use of proper protocols, including confirmed communication with referring dentists and documentation of verbal discussions with patients.

Jul 21, 2021
Medical and Dental Record Retention
Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company
Having access to well-maintained patient records helps medical and dental professionals ensure continuity of care. It can also protect them against any future professional liability claims, licensing board complaints, and peer review inquiries.

Mar 29, 2021
Is Your Patient a Victim of Human Trafficking?
Amy Wasdin, RN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, The Doctors Company
Although trafficking victims rarely find opportunities to interact with others, a visit to a physician or dental practice may provide an opportunity for a victim to receive help. Learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking and know what steps to take.

Sep 01, 2022
Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your Medical and Dental Office Safe During COVID-19
Debra Kane Hill, MBA, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company, Part of TDC Group
While overall COVID transmission rates are down, the Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 continue to circulate the globe. COVID-19 has caused infection surges in some locations, while in other areas, restrictions have been lifted, highlighting how location-specific protocols can shift as the pandemic unfolds.

Nov 19, 2021
Responding to Requests for Dental Records and the Consequences of Refusing
This risk management discussion can help dental professionals avoid complaints, investigations, and sanctions when they respond to dental record requests.

Feb 23, 2022
Pediatrics: Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Adverse Childhood Experiences
Marcie Ward, RN, Senior Clinical Consultant, Medical Advantage, and Patti L. Ellis, RN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, The Doctors Company
The role of the pediatrician, which encompasses the management of a child’s physical, behavioral, and mental health, is critical in preventing and mitigating childhood adversity and trauma.

Dental Malpractice Insurance Coverage
Industry-leading malpractice insurance for dentists, including coverage for dental assistants and hygienists at no additional cost and coverage for all dental specialties.