SECURING FOR SEA
STOCK RECORD CARDS
Performing dental procedures at sea is one unique
aspect of shipboard dentistry. The securing
procedures greatly differ from shore-based dental
treatment facilities (DTFs) compared to dental
departments at sea. Within the dental department on a
ship are hundreds of projectiles that can become
mobile if the ship starts to roll or pitch. This can cause
bodily injury, thousands of dollars of damage, and the
possibility of broken dental delivery systems or X-ray
equipment, which could shut down the dental
The type of ship determines how much it will roll or
pitch. Larger ships, such as an aircraft carrier (nuclear)
(CVN) or (CV), generally will not be affected unless
very high seas are present. All other ships can be
affected with any type of degree of roll or pitch.
Various materials are used to secure pieces of
equipment. Rope, bungee cords, and locking bars are
just a few examples used to secure equipment. A
partial list, which may not include all items in your
department, but need to be secured, is discussed next.
When securing for high seas, the following items
should be secured:
Desks, desk drawers, file cabinets,
equipment, printers, and the like.
The dental delivery system that includes the
dental chair, light, and bracket table. Ensure the
dental chair is locked into position and the dental
light and bracket table are tied down and not
X-ray and processing equipment. Remove any
fixer, developer, and water to avoid contami-
nation or spillage.
Mobile dental cabinets.
Prosthodontics and surgical equipment.
Providers and assistants chairs.
Oxygen and compressed air tanks.
SUPPLY AND EQUIPMENT
Without the proper amount of dental supplies and
equipment on a ship, the dental departments
operational readiness to treat patients could become
Proper planning, inventory, and
maintenance are essential for the operation of the
times. Each dental department must maintain at least:
The authorized allowance of dental equipment.
Dental departments must maintain Stock Record
Cards (SRCs) Afloat (NAVSUP Form 1114). Your
supply petty officer will prepare and maintain these
SRCs on all dental supplies and equipment to reflect an
accurate account of the current inventory, location of
the item(s), and other management data. The supply
petty officer under normal circumstances will issue
your supplies and equipment. If you do take supplies
or equipment from the dental store room or supply
locker, ensure that you notify the supply petty officer
so he or she can record the materials you took on the
stock record card. Supply procedures are found in the
CINCLANTFLT OR CINCPACFLTINST 6600.2 and
in NAVSUP P-485. An appropriate automated supply
data system that produces the necessary information
such as posting receipts, issues, and orders may
substitute for the stock record card.
The Dental Officer (dental department head) takes
charge of and is responsible for the dental storeroom
and supply lockers, keeping custody of the key(s) or
assigning custody of those key(s) to a designated
representative such as a supply petty officer.
Storerooms and lockers should always be clean
Proper temperatures should be
monitored to avoid deterioration of dental products.
Rotation of the stock and using products before the
expiration date has expired are critical to patient care.
AUTHORIZED DENTAL ALLOWANCE
The Authorized Dental Allowance List (ADAL) is
a document published by the Medical Logistics
Command, which consists of a specific list of dental
material requirements for each type and class of ship or
The ADAL (formerly titled Initial
Outfitting List) indicates the authorized inventory of
equipment and supplies standardized throughout the
fleet and represents the minimum quantities of
consumable items to be maintained on board at all
The minimum quantity of medical and dental
supplies required on board.