The first ever definitive list of ‘dodgy dentist’ scenarios that patients should never face in the chair has been drawn up.
In a bid to crack down on bad mistakes, experts have agreed on the 15 situations dental patients should never find themselves in.
The blunders, dubbed ‘never events’, include pulling out the wrong tooth, breaking the patient’s jaw and leaving ‘foreign object’ in their mouths.
It is the first international agreement of its type for dentists and experts claim it may be a major step forward in improving patient wellbeing across the globe.
Monitoring the events will allow clinics to quickly identify serious errors and could enable health authorities to better monitor dentists’ performance, researchers say.
There is already a well-established checklist for doctors and surgeons to avoid ‘never events’ – catastrophic blunders that should not happen under any circumstances.
The checklist, adopted by the World Health Organization, includes making sure they operate on the right body part and ensure no instruments are left inside patients after surgery.
The list for dentists, published in a prestigious journal, was devised by a group of researchers led by the University of Edinburgh.