At Bayside OMS, safety isn't just a buzzword; it's something that we strive to maintain and advance so that our patients can be assured they are treated just as our family would be treated.
The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) sets Paramaters of Care for Sedation and Anaesthesia. Our facility is accredited by the RCDSO for all modalities from nitrous oxide minimal sedation all the way to general anaesthesia.
We have chosen to go beyond these Standards and adopted further standards that are in place by the Joint Commissions of Hospital which include:
Double-verifying patient identification before being brought to the surgery area
Performing a patient-involved 'time-out' to verify the procedure to be performed
Ensuring the correct equipment, correct materials and correct implants are available before initiating the procedure
Using infection-control and infection-preventative measures.
We have also adopted patient-monitoring standards that are in place and have become Standards of Care by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons during anesthesia and sedation:
"The Office Anesthesia Evaluation Manual, 8th edition and the anesthesia section of the Parameters of Care, version 5 include the requirement to monitor end-tidal CO2 beginning in 2014, 'unless precluded or invalidated by the nature of the patient, procedure, or equipment.'
This means that, in additon to monitoring blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, heart rate and heart rhythm; we will be monitoring the patient's expired CO2. This gives us an immediate digital readout on a patient's breathing throughout the procedure. Though this isn't intended to be a replacement for listening and looking for a patient's breathing, it is a reassuring breath of fresh air for us.