8:30am - Registration and Refreshments
Introduction: What Rash is That?
In this introductory session, we will discuss the aims and objectives of the program. This will include a discussion of the question: “Why do children get so many infections?”
Fever and Febrile Convulsions
Although a high fever alone is not reflective of serious illness, it is a cause for concern for an infant or child as it indicates that an infection is present. This session will review the definition of fever, look at the common causes, and explain more about febrile convulsions and its associated nursing management. Explore:
- What is the impact of fever on the child?
- Should you aim to lower the temperature of a child who has a fever?
- What is the best way to care for a child with a fever?
- What should you do if a child has a febrile convulsion?
10:30am - Morning Tea
Infections and Rashes – The Childhood Context
Assessing a child with a rash requires a holistic approach that relies heavily on a nurse's general knowledge of paediatric care. Topics include:
- The significance of reviewing a child's overall health as key to understanding the context of the presenting rash
- Terminology that describes the different types of rashes
- Understanding different types of rashes and gaining a clear picture of what they look like
- Macule, papule, or pustule – how to identify different rashes
- Accurate and practical documentation of rashes
This session will review specific rashes, initially looking at those that are non-infectious, such as:
- Erythema multiforme
- Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
- Henoch Schőlein purpura
12:25pm - Lunch and Networking
Common Infectious Diseases with no Immunisation
Children cannot be immunised for all infections. In this session, you will learn about the signs, symptoms, and nursing care of a range of conditions for which there is no immunisation available. This includes:
- “Slapped cheek syndrome”
- Hand, foot, and mouth disease
- Roseola infantum
- Herpes simplex
- Molluscum contagiosum
- Scarlet fever
- Glandular fever
- Non-specific viral rashes
Infections and Conditions of the Genito-urinary System
Infections and conditions of the genito-urinary system can cause enormous discomfort to a child and can lead to serious problems. This session will look at the common causes of infections and conditions of the genito-urinary tract, including their clinical manifestation and related nursing care. Conditions include:
- Urinary tract infections
- Testicular torsion
3:10pm - Afternoon Tea
Immunisation – Preventable Infections
Immunisation is a cornerstone of health promotion in infants and children. You will be brought up-to-date on some of the illnesses that immunisation can prevent. This session looks particularly at the following:
- Chickenpox, measles, and rubella
- Illnesses caused by haemophilus influenzae type b.
4:40pm - Close of Day One of Seminar