Q: The dentist returns to her personal office in between patients and notices her cell
phone ringing. The caller ID indicates it is the associate’s spouse calling. The news of the call was that the associate unexpectedly passed away overnight.
What are the ethical considerations when a dental care practitioner passes away unexpectedly?
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Dr. Foster is a full-time faculty member, Pediatric Dental Residency and Internship, Denver Health, Denver, CO, a member of the American Dental Association Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs, and a wellness ambassador, American Dental Association.
Published online: March 22, 2023
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