Emergencies in the Dermatologist's Office

  • Dominique Penso-Assathiany
  • Emergency situations can occur even in the dermatologist's private office.

  • An emergency can be reviewed for dermato-logic conditions: questioning, looking for signs of severity, examining mucous membranes are important.

  • Severe vasovagal malaise may occur during benign procedures.

  • Material must be easy to use, validity dates must be verified.

  • The emergency phone number must be registered and the phone must be easily accessible.

  • Although exceptional, emergencies may occur at anytime in our private dermatology offices.

  • Some of these emergencies may be dermato-logic, i.e. TEN and SJS, DRESS, necrotizing fasciitis, Kawasaki disease, purpura fulminans.

  • Others may be the consequence or a complication of our practice (vasovagal syncope, ana-phylactic shock) or be independent of the practice but occurring in our office (i.e. seizure or cardiac arrest).

  • This chapter will consider all these situations.

  • Equipment and prevention will also be studied.

  • Our purpose is to recognize these situations at their beginning in order to undertake appropriate emergency procedure.


Kawasaki Disease Necrotizing Fasciitis Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Anaphylactic Shock Vasovagal Syncope 
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