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OSAP 2015 Symposium The Dental Patient Safety Initiative – An Update

OSAP 2015 Symposium: Infection Control - Gaining the Edge

TITLE    The Dental Patient Safety Initiative - An Update




Medical adverse events are a leading cause of preventable death in the United States. While dentists, like physicians, routinely perform inherently risky, highly technical procedures in complex environments, patient safety has not received the same focus in dentistry as in medicine.  As quantifying threats to patient safety is the first step towards systematically improving patient safety, this session will provide an update on  (1) the creation of innovative tools to support the identification, tracking, and sharing of adverse events and other patient safety incidents in the dental setting and (2) how this approach can be applied in your clinical setting. The speaker will provide a brief introduction to patient safety efforts, including the Dental Patient Safety Initiative, and discuss the establishment of a tool that can effectively and efficiently detect dental adverse events and an innovative and practical process for chart reviews. Lastly she will discuss the types of adverse events that are encountered in everyday clinical life and how a patient safety initiative can be incorporated into quality improvement efforts in your organization.





Elsbeth Kalenderian DDS MPH PhD






After attending this program, participants should be able to:

  • Participants will understand the four components of a Patient Safety Initiative.
  • Participants will learn how electronic health records can support dental practices in identifying, quantifying, and sharing knowledge about threats to patient safety.
  • Participants will understand how patient safety can be incorporated into the quality framework of their organization





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