Inspection. One simple word that can send you and your staff into a panic.
Are the records up to date? Has anyone ordered the endotracheal tubes? What documents do we need posted for proof of education? Who needs BLS certification? Where are the consent forms? It's time to get your office in order, and DOCS Education has just what you need to do it: InspectionPass™. InspectionPass was developed in accordance with several state board requirements to help dentists prepare for sedation permit inspections; it contains license and permit requirements and a series of lists for equipment, drugs and record-keeping. The highest and most comprehensive standards of care from a variety of states are incorporated into InspectionPass, as are a series of emergency drills and simulations that you can conduct with your team.
Why You Need InspectionPass
More and more dental boards are requiring inspections for a sedation permit. In some states, it's a one-time inspection, for others it's every two, three or five years. Whatever your timeline—or even if you're in a state where this process is not yet a requirement—you should run your office as though you're expecting an inspection all the time. Here's why:
Reason #1: Patient Safety
The prime directive behind every state board regulation is essentially the same: patient safety. Adhering to every regulation not only will help you pass an inspection but also ensure that your patients receive the treatments they need in the safest way possible. When you go above and beyond the baseline regulations and standards of care, you're also creating a safer environment for your patients—and that inherently means a safer environment for your practice, too. That's why InspectionPass defaults to the most extensive standards of care—so you can rest assured that you're putting patient safety first when you follow InspectionPass protocols.
Reason #2: Emergency Preparation
When you use InspectionPass to prepare for an inspection, or to make sure your office is adhering to the highest standards, you will also be better prepared for when an emergency happens. InspectionPass' series of checklists cover required and recommended emergency equipment, medications and forms. If your office has everything on these lists, you'll be ready for almost any emergency that comes your way. However, perhaps the most important parts of InspectionPass' emergency preparation are the emergency drills and simulations. Like with so many other things in life, practice makes perfect. When you practice responding to an emergency, you will be more likely to recognize a crisis and respond quickly, intelligently and appropriately. "We don't practice in a profession where emergencies happen all the time, or even once a week or once a month, that keeps us on edge, like in an emergency room," explains DOCS Education president Dr. Michael D. Silverman. "You can't be prepared for an emergency in the office unless you practice simulated emergencies." InspectionPass offers 17 different drill scenarios and emergency protocols to use for simulations. Drill instructions take you and your team through the simulation step-by-step so you can make the most of the experience. DOCS Education recommends running a sequence of five drills each quarter—your patients, staff and malpractice carrier will thank you!
Reason #3: Esprit de Corp
When you and your team prepare for an inspection and run emergency drills together, you build team spirit. It's a side benefit but don't underestimate its importance. Dr. Silverman lays it out: "When you think of how emergency professionals train, whether they are firefighters or in emergency medical services, it's in teams; there is a bonding that occurs when a team prepares for an emergency together. Every dental office that has prepared for an emergency has created a stronger esprit de corps. That team spirit keeps employees more satisfied in their jobs, it gives them confidence in speaking to patients and it overwhelmingly improves the office camaraderie." At the end of the day, it all comes back to patient safety. Regardless of whether you're preparing for a board inspection, practicing an emergency drill or reviewing your protocols, you're creating a safer environment for your patients—and that's the most important thing. Go above and beyond the basic standards of care with InspectionPass. Click here to order InspectionPass right now.
States with One-Time Inspections
Arkansas Georgia Idaho Kentucky Maryland North Carolina Oregon Texas
States with Regular Inspections
Arizona (every 5 years) Massachusetts (every 2 years) Missouri (every 5 years) Mississippi (every 5 years) Tennessee (every 2 years unannounced) Virginia (every 3 years unannounced) West Virginia (every 5 years)
The information contained in this, or any case study post in Incisor should never be considered a proper replacement for necessary training and/or education regarding adult oral conscious sedation. Regulations regarding sedation vary by state. This is an educational and informational piece. DOCS Education accepts no liability whatsoever for any damages resulting from any direct or indirect recipient's use of or failure to use any of the information contained herein. DOCS Education would be happy to answer any questions or concerns mailed to us at 106 Lenora Street, Seattle, WA 98121. Please print a copy of this posting and include it with your question or request.