Journal Article

Patient safety incidents and adverse events in ambulatory dental care: a systematic scoping review.

Ensaldo-Carrasco E, Suarez-Ortegon MF, Carson-Stevens A, et al. Journal of patient safety. 2016.

Although research has worked to better understand safety issues associated with ambulatory medical care, little is known about safety in dentistry. Investigators analyzed 40 articles describing near misses or adverse events in ambulatory dental care and found a wide variation in the frequency of patient safety incidents across studies. They suggest that more rigorous epidemiological studies are needed to accurately quantify safety events and contributing factors in outpatient dental practice.