In the ‘I didn’t think of that’ Department: Dentists Prepare to Be on Front Line of Civil Defense – New York Times.
Dr. Rekow’s plan is ambitious, national in scope and revolutionary in concept: she wants to draw dentists into the squadron of so-called "first responders" – the police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians dispatched for disaster relief and crisis management.
Dentists, she argues, are a rich but overlooked source of help in what is euphemistically called a surge environment, in layman’s terms, the moment when all hell breaks loose.
Well, I won’t turn down any help when the time comes. In the Navy, the Dental Officers were to serve as triage officers, and as adjunct anesthesiologists if needed in the OR. I won’t presume to denigrate dentists, but I was a little uncomfortable then and am more uncomfortable now with that arrangement. (I don’t know what the current arrangement is, by the way).
Dentists into the breach!