30 May '11, 6am

National Dental Centre puts in place stronger governance framework

SINGAPORE: The National Dental Centre said a more robust governance framework is now in place, following a full review of internal safety processes. Some of the safety practices staff attending to patients' clinical care are now required to go through routinely. These include verifying the patient's identity with two identifiers (name, NRIC, date of birth or address) at every service point, and especially before a procedure is done. Call numbers are no longer used to match patient to treatment notes. Assisting staff are instructed to exercise greater care when checking the identities of patient sent to other disciplines for treatment. A 'time out' is also called for before performing extractions, root treatments and other surgical procedures. This is so the doctor and assistant can reconfirm the type of procedure to be done as well as which tooth is involved. Specific cons...

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