Medical Emergencies Obstructed Airways course for dental professionals

Medical Emergencies: Obstructed Airways

An obstructed airway can typically manifest as choking. If severe this can result in death which is why it is important for the dental team to be trained in how to respond to choking. Medical emergencies can happen at any time in a dental practice therefore it is imperative that you and your team are fully trained.

This course is suitable for the whole dental team.

To provide online refresher training in how to deal with someone suffering from an obstructed airway.

The objective of this e-learning course is to provide dental professionals with an understanding of:

  • The signs and symptoms of an obstructed airway.
  • How to respond to a patient suffering from an airway obstruction.
  • How to provide good care before, during and after a choking episode.

The duration of this online course is 20 minutes. 

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Effective communication with patients, the dental team and others across dentistry, including when obtaining consent, dealing with complaints, and raising concerns when patients are at risk.

  • Communication skills.
  • Consent.
  • Complaints handling.
  • Raising concerns.
  • Safeguarding.



Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field(s) of practice.

  • Clinical and technical areas of study.
  • Radiography.
  • Cross infection control.
  • Medical emergencies and CPR.
  • Emerging technologies and treatments.
  • CPD specific for your daily role(s).
  • Upskilling opportunities.
GIF Annual CPD Membership

Course Curriculum

  • The GDC and the CQC
    5 minutes
  • Obstructed Airways (Choking)
    5 minutes
  • Signs and symptoms
    5 minutes
  • Differential diagnosis
    5 minutes
  • Dealing with choking in adults
    5 minutes
  • Dealing with choking in children
    5 minutes
  • How to avoid choking in a dental setting
    5 minutes
  • Remember LIONEL
    5 minutes
  • Paperwork and practice process
    5 minutes
  • Summary
    5 minutes
  • Pre-Question Advice Preview
    1 minutes
  • Medical Emergencies: Obstructed Airways
    8 questions
  • Feedback & Reflective Learning Guidance
    5 minutes

Your GDPR Course includes

Up-to-date information

Our course material is both current and relevant; verified by leaders in the dental industry.

Various media

We use a combination of text, imagery, videos and presentations to help you get the most out of this course.

Course downloads

This course features documents for you to download and use in your dental practice.

Post-course feedback

Upon completion of the course you are required to complete a short feedback survey.

Frequently asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course begins when you are ready. Although the course duration is 20 minutes, you can work at your own pace, and your progress is saved automatically.

How long do I have access to the course?

After you have successfully enrolled on the course, there is no limit on when you must complete the course by. 

Does the course have a test?

Yes. There is a short assessment at the end of the course. You must achieve 80% or more to pass the course. If you do not pass, you have the opportunity to review the content and re-take the assessment when you are ready.

Does the course offer a certificate upon completion?

Yes. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a personalised certificate. This is saved to your personal dashboard. You can download and print this certificate when you require it. In addition, you are also credited with a digital badge that will feature in your personal dashboard.

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