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Synopsis and Objectives

The Advanced Protocols for Medical Emergencies in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Office (APME) course curriculum covers emergencies in the office setting that OMS assistants may encounter and helps prepare them to provide assistance. While the APME material is designed for assistants who have taken the Anesthesia Assistants Review Course (AARC), having done so is not a prerequisite to attend this course. Topics covered include cardiovascular distress, respiratory distress and allergic reactions. Each topic contains examples presented in detail. This course provides excellent instruction that will ensure the OMS team is well prepared to manage office emergencies.

Learning objectives:

  1. Recognize potential and real emergencies.
  2. Evaluate the underlying cause(s) of emergency situations.
  3. Plan appropriate responses to specific emergencies.
  4. Function as an integral part of the oral and maxillofacial surgery team to manage office emergencies.


Donald P. Lewis, DDS
Edward C. Adlesic, DMD, MS

Advanced Protocols for Medical Emergencies in the OMS Office (APME) schedule

April 30, 2022
Day 1: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

7 – 8 a.m.
Registration, Continental Breakfast provided

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Donald P. Lewis, DDS
Welcome, Introductions and Course Overview

8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Donald P. Lewis, DDS
Loss of Consciousness

  • Syncope
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Acute Adrenal Insufficiency
  • Thyroid Conditions

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 – 12:15 p.m.
Donald P. Lewis, DDS
Respiratory Distress

  • Hyperventilation
  • Laryngospasm
  • Airway Obstruction
  • Drug Overdose
  • COPD/Emphysema
  • Asthma/Bronchospasm

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

1:15 – 2 p.m.
Edward C. Adlesic, DMD, MS
Chest Pain, Acute Coronary Syndrome

  • Angina Pectoris
  • Myocardial Infarction

2 – 3:30 p.m.
Edward C. Adlesic, DMD, MS
Cardiac Dysrhythmias

  • Conducting System of Heart
  • EKG interpretation
  • Normal Sinus Rhythm
  • Bradycardias
  • Tachycardias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Cardiac Arrest Rhythms

May 1, 2022
Day 2:7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

7 – 7:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
Edward C. Adlesic, DMD, MS
Allergic Reactions/Drug Toxicity

  • Erythema
  • Uticaria and Pruritus
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Natural Rubber Latex (NRL) Allergy
  • Local Anesthetic Toxicity
  • Epinephrine Reaction

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
Donald P. Lewis, DDS
Altered Sensation/Changes in Affect

  • Seizure Disorders
  • Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA)
  • Psychiatric Urgencies
    • Anxiety
    • Panic Disorder
    • Psychotic Disorders
    • Depression/Suicidal Ideations
    • Dementia
    • Addiction

9:45 – 10 a.m.

10 – 11 a.m.
Donald P. Lewis, DDS
Blood Pressure Abnormalities

  • Hypertension
  • Hypotension
  • Shock

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Edward C. Adlesic, DMD, MS
Other Emergencies

  • Management of Hemorrhage
  • Venipuncture Complications
  • Air Embolism
  • Intraarterial Injection
  • Emesis and Apsiration
  • Malignant Hyperthermia

12 – 12:30 p.m.
Edward C. Adlesic, DMD, MS
Organization and Maintenance of the Crash Cart and the Emergency Preparedness Program

12:30 – 1 p.m.
Q & A

Cancellation policy

A $75 cancellation fee will be applied if a written cancellation is received by April 15. The entire registration fee will be forfeited if a written cancellation is received after April 15.

Continuing education provider approval

AAOMS is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

AAOMS designates this activity for 12.0 continuing education credits.

AGD - Accepted Program Provider
Provider ID# 214680

Location and travel considerations

Course location:
The Westin Denver Downtown
1672 Lawrence St.
Denver, CO 80202

Visit the Hotel and Travel page to make your hotel reservations and take advantage of room-block rates for attendees.