Metlife Announces Resources For Dentists To Address Emergency
July 24, 2012
MetLife, a provider of dental plan administration for over 21 million people, announced today the availability of a free guide to help dentists be better prepared in the face of an emergency.
MetLife, a provider of dental plan administration for over 21 million people, announced today the availability of a free guide to help dentists be better prepared in the face of an emergency. The guide, The Six Links of SurvivalTM is made available through an arrangement with the Institute of Medical Emergency Preparation (IMEP) and the Raven Maria Blanco Foundation (RMBF) and can be downloaded at www.gotsixlinks.org. It highlights the education and items needed to be adequately prepared to help a patient in crisis.
According to the University of Texas Health Science Center, every practicing U.S. dentist will face approximately eight potentially life-threatening medical emergencies in their offices every 10 years (approximately 150,000 in the U.S. every year). In addition to the free guide, the www.gotsixlinks.org web site also features a video discussing the importance of medical emergency preparedness and information about the benefits of IMEP membership including: online continuing education classes; mock drills and clinical scenarios; and a medical education workbook for emergency response.
“A medical emergency can happen in any dentist’s office at any time,” said Dr. David Guarrera, DDS, vice president, MetLife Dental Products. “Being prepared as a first responder for an emergency can mean all the difference to the patient, their family and a dentist’s practice. MetLife is working with IMEP and RMBF to raise awareness on this issue and is dedicated to improving emergency procedures in dental offices by providing dentists with education and solutions.”
MetLife is the only dental carrier that offers its network dentists and their staff a discounted membership in IMEP. The IMEP 40% discounted membership is a complement to MetLife’s Quality Initiatives Program, which is dedicated to promoting improved oral health and safe environments for care through education and research. MetLife’s Quality Initiatives Program provides dental offices an opportunity to earn continuing education credits while learning about the latest research and techniques in the field of dentistry.
MetLife, celebrating 50 years of healthier smiles in 2012, provided its first dental benefits for families in 1962.
IMEP is an innovative leader for dental healthcare professionals and their team members in preparing for medical emergencies in a dental office. The goal of IMEP is to make Medical Emergency Preparedness a core competency in every dental office; and through enabling education, prepare dental healthcare professionals and their team to respond calmly, effectively and efficiently during the critical time period between the onset of an emergency and the arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals. For more information, please visit www.emergencyactionguide.com.
About the Raven Maria Blanco Foundation (RMBF)
A non-profit established in honor of the eight-year-old girl whose life ended tragically and unexpectedly while in her dentist’s care, the Raven Maria Blanco Foundation is dedicated to improving emergency procedures in dental offices. For more information, please visit www.rmbfinc.org.
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) is a subsidiary of MetLife, Inc., a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.