Course Title: Interpret and analyse patient medical and drug history

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: DENT5811

Course Title: Interpret and analyse patient medical and drug history

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6119 - Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)

Course Contact : Eleanor Schroeder

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411412

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Available on Blackboard

Nominal Hours: 100

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

HLTFA301B - Apply first aid
TAFEDH032 - Confirm physical health status
TAFEDH003 - Analyse oral status
TAFEDH005 – Examine, record and assess patient histories and dental records to formulate a dental hygiene treatment plan
TAFEDH010 - Research and evaluate patient dental and health history to prevent and/or manage emergencies

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the application of in-depth level of knowledge of medicine and pharmacology required to analyse, interpret and investigate a patient’s medical history and available health information in relation to dental hygiene practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH013 Interpret and analyse patient medical and drug history


1. Identify actions of administered drugs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret the mechanisms of drug: absorption and distribution metabolism and excretion
1.2 Identify methods of drug administration and adverse reactions
1.3 Identify the impact of specific drugs on oral health management


2. Manage a dental patient on prophylactic (antibiotic) cover for dental treatment

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify antibiotics commonly prescribed in dentistry and their action
2.2 Manage, question and monitor patient administration of antibiotics in accordance with clinic protocol and in communication with the supervising dentist
2.3 Modify the dental hygiene treatment plan to acknowledge implications of antibiotic cover


4. Manage the dental hygiene treatment of a medicated patient to minimise the risk to patient health

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify and implement risk reduction strategies in managing a medicated patient
4.2 Identify and implement risk reduction strategies in recommending or administering pharmaceutical or chemotherapeutic products
4.3 Accurately record all information regarding drug related advice given complying to legislation, clinic policy and risk management principles


3. Manage the dental hygiene treatment of a patient taking prescribed, over-the-counter drugs or herbal medicines/remedies

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and classify drugs according to their action and the body system on which they act
3.2 Identify and manage possible drug side effects related to general and oral health
3.3 Accurately record all information obtained in clinical patient notes observing confidentiality and noting
medical alert status if required

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you have developed an in-depth level of knowledge of medicine and pharmacology required to analyse, interpret and investigate a patient’s medical history and available health information in relation to dental hygiene practice.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities include a series of lectures by a pharmaceuticals specialist,

workbook activities, class discussion, tutorial

Teaching Schedule

February outline/workbook /assessment requirements issued 
24th2 Australia’s National Medicines Policy and the National Strategy
for the Quality Use of Medicines, legislation and prescription writing
Classification of drugs
March 3rd3.Drug action, Basic principles of pharmacodynamics and
10th4.Adverse drug reactions 
17th5.Drugs used in dentistry/Local anaesthetics 
24th6.Antimicrobials: Antibiotics and antibiotic prophylaxis 
31st7.Antifungals and antivirals 
April 14th8.Analgesics: Aspirin, NSAIDS, opioids 
21st9. Anti-anxiety drugs and Steroids 
28th10.Drugs that may alter dental treatment: Cardiovascular drugs 
May 5th11.Psychotropic drugs incl. anti-depressives, anticonvulsants 
12th12.Osteoporosis and Bisphosphonates 
15th14.Chemotherapy and radiotherapy 
19th15.Complementary and alternative medicines 
26th16.Pregnancy and breast feeding; Exam preparation 
June 9th Task 1 Workbook due
15th Task 2 Exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A complete book list will be provided during Orientation and is available on Blackboard


Other Resources

Available on Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include written, oral and practical tasks

Assessment Tasks

There are two assessment tasks

Task 1 Online Workbook Submission 9th June

Task 2 Written exam 15th June

Assessment Matrix

Available on Blackboard

Other Information

Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

• APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form ( at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 3 of Dental Hospital. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

• For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination
Note: The Pass mark for the exam is 60%. Assignment will be marked as Satisfactory/Not satisfactory.
Students may be given the opportunity to resubmit the assignment if this is requested by the teacher and approved by the co-ordinator.
Students are required to achieve a Pass grade in both tasks to achieve Competence for this course

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