The Evolving Role of Dental Responders on Interprofessional Emergency Response Teams.

Dental clinics of North America

PubMedID: 27671961

Colvard MD, Vesper BJ, Kaste LM, Hirst JL, Peters DE, James J, Villalobos R, Wipfler EJ. The Evolving Role of Dental Responders on Interprofessional Emergency Response Teams. Dent Clin North Am. 2016;60(4):907-20.
Disaster and pandemic response events require an interprofessional team of health care responders to organize and work together in high-pressure, time-critical situations. Civilian oral health care professionals have traditionally been limited to forensic identification of human remains. However, after the bombing of the Twin Towers in New York, federal agencies realized that dentists can play significant roles in disaster and immunization response, especially on interprofessional responder teams. Several states have begun to incorporate dentists into the first responder community. This article discusses the roles of dental responders and highlights legislative advancements and advocacy efforts supporting the dental responder.