Rupert Hoppenbrouwers, Author at
Rupert Hoppenbrouwers

Rupert Hoppenbrouwers

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Rupert was formerly a general dental practitioner and director of the School of Dental Hygiene at University College Hospital, London from 1980 to 1986. He has lectured and written widely on risk management and dentolegal matters, and has a particular interest in litigation.
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Open wide: the risks of inhaled or swallowed dental instruments

If a patient swallows or inhales something while in the dental chair, it can result in a negligence claim. Such incidents are rare, but as Rupert Hoppenbrouwers explains, dental professionals must be alert to the risk. Patients generally trust dental professionals to carry out procedures involving very small instruments and sometimes hazardous materials while they … Continued

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Managing staff departures

Rupert Hoppenbrouwers advises on how to ensure staff departures are as stress-free as possible. Many would agree that it is important to have professional and cordial relationships with work colleagues – after all, we all spend a considerable amount of time at work! However, when a co-worker indicates their intention to leave a practice, it … Continued

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Treating obese patients

Rupert Hoppenbrouwers tackles concerns about treating obese patients. Obesity is on the rise. According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), in 2015, 27% of the population were obese as opposed to 15% in 1993. Weight issues can be a sensitive topic for some patients, and dentists, rightly, won’t want to draw attention … Continued

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Treating patients at home

Rupert Hoppenbrouwers outlines some of the hurdles faced when offering domiciliary care. A surgery is the ideal place to give and receive dental care, but this isn’t always a practical option. People who are housebound or who have special needs rely on dental professionals to come to them instead. In an ageing population, there are … Continued

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