So it’s that time again. The Dentist has just told you that it’s time to renew your CPR certification and that the entire office is way overdue. You need to take a CPR Class yesterday.
“Handle it,” he tells you.
“Oh great,” you think in your head, “That’s just what I wanted to do.”
So you do the first thing that comes to mind – hop on the computer and go to Google. You type in Dentist CPR and a huge list of results appears. A list of dentists that are CPR certified comes up, with some companies that train dentists as well. You see some online CPR training and think, “That might be a good idea…” There are so many options and different classes to take; you just want to get it over with. Frustrated, you get up from the desk and walk away. You will take care of it after lunch.
Sound familiar? Maybe I can help…
First off, which class do you need? The last thing you want to do is put your office through a CPR class and realize that you wasted 4 hours of your time in the wrong class! The CPR certification that all dentists need is BLS for the Healthcare Provider. BLS stands for Basic Life Support and the class should be taught by an American Heart Association Instructor.
Next, why not take the class in the comfort of your own office? Find a company that can bring their supplies to you, and train you on your time, in between appointments. Since you are going to sit through the class anyway, it might as well be informative. The best companies will put you through scenarios utilizing all of your office personnel, and will remind you how to use all of the supplies available at your office (Oxygen, CPR Barriers, etc.)
Finally, make sure you get your share of Dental CEUs! Make sure that the company you hire is certified through the Dental Board of your state, so that they can issue you your Dental CEUs. You should be able to receive 4 hours of CEUs for your Dental CPR class.
Now, next time your boss asks you to book a class, remember these three things: Take the BLS class, get certified in your own office, and make sure you get those dental CEUs!