Spring 2019

Emergency?

Thanks to the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, there's an app for that.

By Helene Ragovin

Illustration: Shutterstock

When an emergency strikes in the operatory, a new, free app from the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA) can help. The app, “ADSA Ten Minutes Saves A Life!,” was developed by a team that included Morton Rosenberg, D74, a nationally recognized expert on anesthesiology. “When things go wrong, you need a cognitive aid to follow,” said Rosenberg, professor emeritus of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the School of Dental Medicine, and professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at the School of Medicine.

The app is built on the idea of using checklists to prepare for and proceed through an emergency situation. It includes flow charts for such situations as allergic reactions, choking, hypertension, chest pain, and low blood sugar, among others. It also helps dentists track drug expiration dates, calculate maximum local anesthesia doses, and compute emergency drug dosages based on a patient’s weight and age.

The app, now available in Apple’s App Store and on Google Play, was funded by the ADSA Anesthesia Research Foundation and has no corporate sponsorship. It will be translated into languages other than English in the near future. “It’s a totally free resource for all of dentistry,” Rosenberg said. “It’s been a very gratifying project, many years in the making, and a contribution to all of dentistry.”

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