26 - 27 Aug 2021

Day Surgery Nursing and Minor Procedures Seminar

11h 45m
QRC: 4147
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Why Attend

Do you work in a day procedure unit or a clinic where minor procedures are performed? Attend this seminar for a comprehensive update on this specific area of nursing. It includes:

  • Review of different types of anaesthetic agents and intraoperative monitoring
  • What’s new in infection prevention and control
  • The patient’s decision to have surgery and education
  • Pre-admission clinic and opportunities for discharge planning
  • Gaining confidence on how to safely manage a surgical complication or emergency situation
  • Understanding crisis management

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8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


Introduction to Day Surgery and Minor Procedures

This two-day seminar will focus on personalising care. It will examine the key issues in short time frames in the day surgery and minor procedures settings. It includes:

  • Seminar objectives
  • Latest developments in day surgery
  • ADSNA Best Practice Guidelines for Ambulatory Surgery and Procedures 2009
  • ACORN Standards for Perioperative Nursing 2016


The Decision to Have Surgery

The decision to undergo surgery, no matter its indication, should always be made carefully. Like every experience of surgery, the decision-making process will be unique for every patient. In this interactive session, you will consider the key issues in regard to:

  • The need for day surgery procedures – statistics in Australia
  • Patient criteria for day surgery
  • Planned vs emergency surgery
  • Day surgery vs overnight stay
  • Advocating and ensuring informed patients
  • Managing patient expectations
  • Preoperative anxiety – non-pharmacological interventions

10:45am - Morning Tea


Pre-Admission Clinic

The risk of adverse events is indicated for any surgery. However, reducing the risk of one happening by attending pre-admission clinics can drastically improve patient outcomes. This session looks at the many opportunities that pre-admission presents:

  • The research behind nurse-led clinics
  • The risks associated with comorbidity risk factors
  • Classification of surgical complexity
  • Preoperative testing
  • Preoperative dehydration
  • Discharge planning
  • Documentation and questions techniques used in the fast paced PAC

12:30pm - Lunch and Networking


Infection Prevention Update

The prevention of infection is a key responsibility in day surgery and perioperative settings. This can be especially challenging in a busy environment. This session reviews the relevant standards in infection prevention and clarifies nursing roles and responsibilities. It includes:

  • Disposable equipment, single-use equipment, and sterilisation of equipment
  • Standard and transmission-based precautions
  • Special patient groups: the MRSA patient in the day surgery setting and new superbugs
  • Modes of transmission, resident and transient flora, infection, and colonisation
  • Appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE)

3:00pm - Afternoon Tea


Patient Positioning Update

Correct patient positioning is essential in the day surgery and perioperative environment, with consideration given to prevention of potential complications. This session includes:

  • The need for optimal surgical site access
  • Care of the respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, muscular, and integumentary systems
  • Considerations for specific surgical positions
  • Positioning of the obese patient

4:15pm - Close of Day One of Seminar

9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


Anaesthetic Nursing

Anaesthetic is an essential component to many surgical procedures. Understanding the complexities of anaesthesia can assist with monitoring the patient’s response to an anaesthetic. There are many different types of anaesthetics and specialty surgical considerations that impact on monitoring requirements. Consider:

  • Types of anaesthetics
  • Anaesthetic agents – inhalational, regional, and intravenous anaesthesia, sedatives, neuromuscular blockade and reversal, and new anaesthetics
  • Airway management
  • Fluid management

10:30am - Morning Tea


Recovery – The Post-Anaesthesia Care Unit

The recovery room, or PACU, is an intensive and fast-paced environment. Skills in airway management and monitoring are essential for optimising patient outcomes. This session will cover the care of the patient immediately post-anaesthetic and in the second stage of recovery and preparation for the expected and unexpected in the PACU. It includes:

  • Airway management in the post-anaesthesia environment
  • PONV – nausea and vomiting
  • Pain management
  • Common complications in PACU
    • Post Operative Inadvertent Hypothermia
    • Hypovolaemia
    • Cardiac Arrhythmias

1:00pm - Lunch and Networking


Crisis Averted – A Look into Crisis Management

Although we are constantly supported with new medical technology, human factors make up a large part of the healthcare setting. This session will look further into the surgical process, it includes:

  • Human factors in day surgery
  • The essentials of preparation
  • The process for crisis management for day surgery

3:15pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


When Something Minor Turns Major!

There is a range of complications that can occur in the perioperative environment. Managing them when they initially present can be the difference between the event turning from something minor into something major. This session will look further into the common complications that can arise. It includes:

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Massive blood loss
  • Malignant hyperthermia
  • Difficult airway management

4:30pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations


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Suzanne Querruel

Suzi Querruel has been working in the perioperative field for the past decade. Her passion lies in perianaesthesia nursing, and she has been seeking to advance the field over the past few years. She is a tutor and lecturer for Western Sydney University [WSU] in the Bachelor of Nursing program and WSU The College in their Academic Pathways Programs. She is the unit coordinator at WSU The College for the subjects 'health communication' and 'skills in health science'. She was previously anaesthetic coordinator at Westmead Private Hospital and also has held sessional nurse educator positions at the Australian College of Nursing, Wesley Health Management, and the University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney University, and the University of Tasmania. She has been a nurse educator for Ausmed Education for the past three years and has collaborated on the program development for the perianaesthesia, perioperative, day surgery, and surgical nursing seminars. She has held the position of national vice president and NSW/ACT president of the Australian Society of Post Anaesthesia & Anaesthesia Nurses [ASPAAN] for two years and has recently seen the transition of ASPAAN to the Australian College of PeriAnaesthesia Nurses [ACPAN]. Suzi holds a bachelor of nursing, graduate diploma in nursing (anaesthetics & PACU), masters of nursing education), certificate IV in workplace training & assessment, and a neuro-linguistic programming [NLP] practitioner certificate.

Need for Program

Patient safety in fast-paced day surgery units or practices where minor procedures are performed is reliant on a sound knowledge base of nurses and other health professionals. As the main point of contact with the patients, and to facilitate positive outcomes, nurses must ensure patients are correctly assessed before a procedure, including identification of risk factors and legal issues, and are adequately informed.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this seminar is to expand and update your knowledge and skills relating to caring for a person undergoing day surgery or minor procedures.

Your learning outcomes

  • Describe modern day procedure for nursing practice in Australia, including the various nursing roles and skills required to practise safely in this setting
  • Perform a pre-evaluation risk analysis and implement strategies to ensure patients are well-informed about potential risk factors
  • Apply skills in anaesthetic monitoring, infection prevention, and aseptic technique to your practice to reduce the risk of complications and improve patient safety
  • Understand how the law interprets issues such as duty of care and negligence in a day procedure setting and use this knowledge to safeguard your practice

Day Surgery Nursing and Minor Procedures Seminar in other locations

12 - 13 Aug 2021

Rydges Sydney Central
28 Albion Street
Surry Hills, NSW, 2010

26 - 27 Aug 2021

Mercure Hotel Brisbane
85-87 North Quay
Brisbane, QLD, 4000
26 - 27 Aug 2021

Day Surgery Nursing and Minor Procedures Seminar

11h 45m
QRC: 4147
Mercure Hotel Brisbane
Brisbane, QLD, 4000
Price: $559.00