AAWD and PPP are teaming up to commemorate Women’s History Month! While some risks are worth taking, others are not. During the month, we will highlight women known for taking distinct risks to lead the way in the field of dentistry, while also pointing out some risks that dentists shouldn’t take in their dental office.
A Risk Worth Taking!
Faith Sai So Leong was a Chinese immigrant, who was adopted by an English teacher in San Francisco. She was educated, dexterous, and mechanically minded. A cousin eventually encouraged Leong to pursue a career in dentistry. At the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Leong was the only woman in her class. She practiced in San Francisco’s Chinese-American community.
While some risks are worth taking, others are not…
One of the common claim trends the PPP sees involves patients who accidentally ingest pieces of dental equipment or materials. This mistake can happen even to the most mechanically minded dentist. In the event this occurs to a patient, dentists should always take the extra precaution and have the patient obtain an x-ray and medical evaluation at the hospital. Not only does it demonstrate how much you care of the patient’s well-being, it will also help confirm if further medical attention is required.
In the 50 years that the PPP has been serving dentists, there have been several occasions where claims have occurred in the dental chair, but were not related to patient treatment. Incidents such as a patient swallowing a foreign object may not be considered an error in treatment, but still have costs associated with seeking medical attention. This expense may not be covered if your professional liability policy does not have first aid coverage. The PPP automatically provides first aid coverage to help with the expenses of emergency medical treatment for a patient.
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