I have a hoard of unpublished blogposts, some half written, some one line ideas, they are the result of experiences, ideas, conversations, things read, seen or thought.
This one came about after talking to a client about his team routinely recording their patients’ blood pressure and pulse.
Increasingly dentists ought to be seen as Oral Physicians as well as Surgeons and should look at their patients overall health. Often dentists are in a better place to do routine checks than our medical colleagues and should do them before many procedures. This is good practice and those who embrace the role are to be encouraged. They, and their teams, do need to be competent at doing straightforward measurements. It’s something I started (but did not persevere) back in the early 1990s.
These are comments on three patients from the client
- Nice outcome. Did patient’s BP and it was 210/99, sent her to her GMP as a matter of urgency.
- Normally he would be hospitalised but treated under own doctor’s care, turns out to have high platelet count.
- Had to send her away last time as we had potential cardiac issue on our hands. Saw her this time and she was still effusively grateful for us having found this. Saved her from heart attack or stroke.
The client continued:
“I cannot understand why “X” (client’s associate) is reluctant…”
“We should have been doing them years ago….”