Dental experts have drawn up a definitive list of scenarios that patients should never face in a bid to ensure excellent patient care worldwide.
The checklist, published in the British Dental Journal, includes failing to note patients’ allergies and not screening for mouth cancers during check-ups – is the first international agreement of its type in dentistry.
The experts say it could be a major step forward in improving patient wellbeing across the globe.
Quickly spot errors
Monitoring these events will allow clinicians to quickly identify serious errors in procedure and could enable health authorities to monitor dentists’ performance, researchers say.
The consensus refers to so-called never events – failures so severe that they should not happen under any circumstances when correct procedures are followed.
Using electronic questionnaires, researchers led by the University of Edinburgh engaged an international panel of experts to develop a detailed list of never events for dentists.
The agreed list covers routine assessments as well as surgery and includes equipment not being sterilised and dentists prescribing the wrong medication to children.
The full article can be found at https://www.nature.com/articles/sj.bdj.2018.351