11h 30m CPDConference

Reducing Risk: Hospital-Acquired Complications Conference

2 Days for Nurses and Other Health Professionals

Reducing Risk: Hospital-Acquired Complications Conference - Melbourne 2019


28 - 29 Nov 2019
Oaks On Collins ,
480 Collins St

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Why Attend

When a place of healing becomes an environment for health complications, it is up to healthcare professionals to prevent further morbidity and possible mortality. Attend this conference and learn about:

  • Why vigilance is a must when it comes to hospital-acquired complications
  • Improving standards of care and reducing the risk of pressure injuries
  • Why it is important to speak up on patient safety
  • When hospital equals harm
  • Reducing the risk of medication complications and much, much more…

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Kathryn Salamone

Hospital-Acquired Complications – Why Vigilance Is a Must

Are we prepared for when a routine admission suddenly becomes complicated? This opening session will introduce us to hospital-acquired complications. It includes:

  • What are the different types of hospital-acquired complications (HACs)?
  • Why is it that a HAC is commonly underreported?
  • How can healthcare professionals “be the change” when it comes to HACs?
Lisa Dick

Hospital-Acquired Delirium

Delirium is a poorly recognised hospital-associated complication that occurs in patients of any age, but mostly in older adults – at times making it hard to distinguish from dementia. This session will explore one of the most poorly understood hospital-associated complications. It will discuss:

  • Why is it difficult to detect delirium?
  • What are the risk factors for hospital-acquired delirium?
  • Delirium vs dementia: what’s the difference?
  • How can alcohol withdrawal syndrome be confused with delirium?
10:45 Morning Tea

Kathryn Salamone

Improving Standards of Care – Reducing the Risk of Pressure Injuries

Healthcare-acquired pressure injuries result in a prolonged hospital stay, extra costs, as well as distress to both the patient and their relatives. This session discusses preventative measures to reduce the incidence of pressure injuries. It will discuss:

  • What are the uncommon sites where pressure injuries may occur?
  • Are there any real benefits with two-hourly repositioning?
  • What are the standards of care, policies, and procedures regarding pressure injury staging?
  • Is it possible that pressure injuries are actually underrepresented due to underreporting?
A/Prof Louis Roller

Medication Complications

Medications have a large role in the prevention and management of illness. However, if they are misused they can cause injury. This session will use case examples to illustrate preventable adverse outcomes and will discuss:

  • What are high-risk medicines in the hospital setting?
  • Which medications are specifically targeted to reduce hospital-acquired complications?
  • How can clinicians better manage the medicines known to threaten patient safety?
1:00 Lunch and Networking

Naomi Pratt

Cardiorespiratory Complications

Cardiac and respiratory complications may occur in the hospital setting due to a number of factors, and sometimes in conjunction with one another. This session will explore:

  • What are the possible causes of hospital-acquired cardiac and respiratory complications?
  • Are there any pre-existing conditions that may increase the chances of a patient developing a cardiorespiratory complication?
  • What are the lesser-known warning signs of an impending cardiorespiratory complication?
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Kathryn Salamone

Falls Resulting in Fracture or Intracranial Injury

Falls can hold a risk of serious injury or even death. This session will discuss the importance of preventing all types of falls, especially falls that may result in a fracture or intracranial injury. It will discuss:

  • What are the main causes of falls in the healthcare setting?
  • Do side rails add to the falls risk?
  • How can we ensure that patients with dementia remember to use their walking aids?
  • What do we have to do in the event of a possible fracture or intracranial injury resulting from a fall?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Christine Ellis

Renal Failure

Hospital-associated acute kidney injury is distressing to those who experience it. With a high mortality rate, it is imperative that we ensure the patient’s wellbeing and prevent the risk of further injury. This session will discuss the following topics:

  • What are the signs of hospital-associated acute kidney injury?
  • How can we adequately prepare the patient for haemodialysis?
  • What do we have to watch for in patients with hospital-associated acute kidney injury?

When Hospital Equals Harm – Preventing Incontinence

Persistent incontinence is hugely debilitating. It has significant ramifications for a person’s emotional, social, and physical health. It is highly stigmatising and can lead to a raft of unpleasant symptoms, such as painful skin breakdown. It is also tremendously costly to a healthcare service – it extends hospital stays, yet it is a preventable healthcare-associated complication. This session shines a light on:

  • Who is most vulnerable?
  • What factors are associated with persistent incontinence?
  • How can it be prevented?
  • How can we assess for persistent incontinence?
  • What does a prevention plan look like?
  • How can it be effectively monitored and reduced?
10:45 Morning Tea

Fran Pearce

Cutting out the Confusion – Gold Standards for VTE Prevention

For any hospitalised patient, the risk of VTE is elevated. Nurses are at the forefront of VTE prevention throughout the patient’s journey. This session will provide an evidence-based update on the rationales and the correct use for the prevention of VTE. It includes:

  • Risk factors for developing clots and how to assess
  • Application in practice of NHMRC – NICS Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism
  • Practice guidelines for mechanical VTE prophylaxis, e.g. anti-embolism stockings and sequential compression devices
  • Correct use of compression stockings
Michelle Bibby

Infection Prevention: Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections

Hospital-acquired infections are some of the most common complications that occur in the healthcare setting. As more and more organisms become resistant to treatment, infections will only be harder to fight, and it is up to healthcare workers to prevent infections before they occur. This session will look at the following topics:

  • What are the different types of hospital-acquired infections?
  • Are there any subtle signs of infection that we have to watch out for?
  • What are the practices and procedures that may lead to a higher possibility of hospital-acquired infections?
1:15 Lunch and Networking

Fran Pearce

Where Things Go Wrong During the Surgical Journey

The patient undergoing a surgical procedure moves through many different areas and is exposed to the care of many various teams before, during, and after surgery. Minimising the risk of complications that this person may experience and enhancing positive health outcomes starts with an understanding of:

  • How do we prepare patients for surgery?
  • What are we really ticking on a surgical checklist?
  • What happens after a nurse hands a patient over in the anaesthetic holding bay?
  • What can go wrong in the operating room and why should this matter to you?
  • How do delays create a cascade of effects for others?
  • What are the common complications that cause patients to return to surgery?
  • How can you potentially prevent some of these complications?
3:00 Afternoon Tea


Incompetence and Unethical Behaviors of Others

Most people can give examples of working with someone whose behaviour was considered unethical, incompetent, and/or unacceptable. Invariably, such behaviours create turmoil in the workplace, leave you feeling uneasy, and ultimately impact patient outcomes. This session will challenge you to look at what happens when the work setting is not aligned with the code of ethics, and how you can remain ethical in these situations. It includes:

  • Reflect again on what exactly are unethical behaviours and what they are not
  • Calling it out – ethically managing incompetence and ineffectiveness
  • What happens if you do not act in accordance with ethical principles
  • Learning how to recognise and integrate choice and judgement in professional decision-making
  • When bad things happen because good people do nothing…
4:45 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

Hospital-acquired complications (HACs) not only adversely affect the patient’s physical health, they also severely impact the mental wellbeing of the patient and their family. It is up to healthcare workers to minimise the effects of these complications and, by doing so, help ease the emotional burden that a hospital-acquired complication may bring upon the patient and their loved ones.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this conference is to provide key updates on how to detect and manage potential hospital-acquired complications, so as to reduce patient harm and improve patient safety.

Your learning outcomes:

Recognise the warning signs of a potential hospital-acquired complication
Reduce morbidity as a result of a hospital-acquired complication
Underpin patient outcomes with evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelines
Ensure that both the physical and emotional wellbeing of a patient with a hospital-acquired complication is looked after, as well as their family


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Kathryn Salamone

Kathryn Salamone has worked in nursing for over 30 years. In the years since, Kathryn has completed ... Read More

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Christine Ellis

Christine Ellis is currently The Renal Transplant Coordinator CNC at Eastern Health Box Hill Hospita... Read More

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Fran Pearce

Fran Pearce is an education coordinator at a large metropolitan teaching hospital. She has extensive... Read More

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Naomi Pratt

Naomi Pratt is a Nurse Practitioner who co-manages and leads the Critical Care Liaison Nurse Service... Read More

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Louis Roller

Associate Professor Louis Roller has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical ... Read More

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Michelle Bibby

Michelle Bibby is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in infection prevention and control. ... Read More

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Lisa Dick

Lisa Dick has been a registered nurse for over 20 years specialising in aged care and community heal... Read More


28 - 29 Nov 2019


Oaks On Collins
480 Collins St
Melbourne VIC,3000


$610.00 (two days)
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