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Patient Should Be Healthy, Awake, Stable Before Discharge


For patients who have taken oral sedatives before undergoing a dental procedure, we have no universally accepted discharge criteria. We need to use as much objective and quantitative data as possible to determine whether the patient is safe to discharge. Therefore, we look at things like their vital signs, postoperative blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate, etc, and compare these values to their preoperative levels. What kind of changes are we seeing? Are they within 20% of norm more...
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