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!
Vada Watson Somerville married John Somerville, who encouraged her to become a dentist. Watson became the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. She and her husband practiced together for 10 years, until problems arose when many patients preferred her over him. Eventually Watson left the practice to work toward improving Civil Rights in Los Angeles. She and her husband formed the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP. Clearly, Watson did not shy away from risks during her lifetime. As a result, she was able to make history.
While some risks are worth taking, others are not…
Taking verbal consent only is a little too risky!
In the eyes of the law, if it wasn’t documented, it did not happen. Don’t allow a claim to turn into a she said he said! Chart notes are helpful, but documentation of consent or refusal to consent to treatment is your best defense. Always be sure to have signed consent on file. Otherwise, should a claim arise, your case could end up settling at a much higher amount due to a lack of documentation. For more information on PPP, please visit https://www.protectorplan.com/.