SADTJ - Practice Management: Keeping financial records
C Gurland: B.Com, CA (SA), CFP.
Specialist advice to medical, dental and paramedical professions.
Running a modern dental practice today comprises much more than ensuring the health of your patients’ mouths. Owning a dental practice is no different to owning any other small business, with you the dental practitioner as its managing director. Being an owner of any small business carries many responsibilities. It is vital that the business is managed competently, ethically and that all statutory requirements are met.
SADTJ - DENTHASA~3rdQtr2010: Dental Ethics: Good communication is key: how much do I tell a patient?
S Naidoo: DS(Lon), LDS.RCS (Eng), MDPH (Lon), DDPH.RCS (Eng), MChD (Comm Dent), PhD (US). Professor and Principal Specialist, Department of Community Oral Health, University of the Western Cape.
A patient attended for what appeared to be a routine extraction of a lower molar tooth late one afternoon. The extraction proved to be difficult. During the extraction the gingival tissues were lacerated and a root fractured requiring a surgical removal and the placement of sutures. The next day, the patient attended hospital with pain and swelling and only then was advised that the socket had been sutured. Should the dentist have informed him of what had happened and what he had done?