“Initially we had a few problems with the logistics of DEPPA, mainly due to the printing, scanning and saving of the results. These problems were settled relatively easily. After a few days this becomes just routine and flows fluently.”
Why we use DEPPA
“So firstly, we decided to add an extra 5 minutes to our routine recall examination appointment.
The print out provides a useful talking point with the patients. Most of them seem genuinely interested and couples seem to enjoy comparing results. You get the occasional sceptical one who asked what they are supposed to do with it but you always get those!
The periodontal risk when it is demonstrated as high seems to be more effective at getting through to the patients than just me telling them and our sales of Tepes has increased and the oral cancer risk bring it home to them that even drinking small quantities is not without risk.
I charge my Fee Per Item patients £5 on top of the examination fee to provide the risk assessment. We feel that it insures that the patient is fully informed about their dental health and that nothing has been overlooked and they have written proof of it. This I am sure reduces our risk as professionals.
I would be surprised to find that any Excel practitioners could be reticent about using this service, we certainly just accept it now as routine."
How we use DEPPA
“When the patient arrives they are given a printout of the patient questionnaire to complete in the waiting room. They bring that into the surgery with their updated medical history and signed consent form.
My nurse then puts this data onto a tablet while I have good look round the mouth. We then input the clinical data and complete the assessment. This is then printed and I go through the results and explain them to the patient and give them the copy. While I am doing this my nurse scans the 3rd page data sheet onto the
computer and saves it in the patient record area in Examine Pro.
On the odd occasion that things get too hectic the patient’s questionnaire is put in the patient’s records for their next visit. The DEPPA assessment is recorded in the notes when it is done.
The Windows computer that I bought with a detachable touch screen cost £329 inc vat from John Lewis which is cheaper than an iPad. The Network/Air Printer with addition ink cartridges to print 2000 pages of colour print cost £287 inc VAT but this was a useful addition to the hardware as it will print from all the computers and mobile phones in the place and its all tax deductable.”
Dr Peter Redfern, member dentist