9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
Patients Most at Risk: Who Are the Most Vulnerable?
As the Australian population ages and multiple chronic diseases are prevalent, people are more likely to be prescribed complex combinations of medicines. This causes a number of risk factors to emerge. This includes, but is not limited to:
- The most common adverse drug interactions
- Ensuring there is a seamless continuum of care between the hospital/residential care facility and discharge back to the community
- Polypharmacy and the appropriate use of medicines
- A look at medicine delivery systems – e.g. the best containers used for those with arthritis
This session will include a series of case scenarios to challenge your skills.
10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee
The Importance of Auditing
Audits are necessary for analysing areas of risk. All nurses need to understand the significance of audits, especially as health care is moving increasingly towards data driven practices. In this interesting session, you will find out:
- How should a medicine audit be performed?
- Which staff should be involved?
- How are parameters for the audit set?
- What documentation is essential?
- The time an audit can take to perform
This practical session will include examples of medication risk audits.
Slip-Sliding Away – Medicines and Falls
The link is not always made between falls and medications. As there is a known morbidity associated with falls, it is essential that you, as a nurse, are very familiar with this particular area of risk. In this special short session, we will look at the correlation between a person falling to the ground and typical medicines that could be implicated. It includes:
- A review of the evidence that associates medicines with falls
- Which drugs are associated with falls
- What can be done to prevent falls related to medicines
- Rules for prescribing
12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking
Case Scenarios 2 – Prevention
This interactive session will use several case scenarios to analyse and identify strategies and protocols to prevent a broad range of problematic situations that you may encounter in day-to-day activities. It will draw on the content of the seminar and include examples of:
- Right route etc.
- Swallowing difficulties – the medications that can be crushed
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding – special considerations
- Older people
- IV infusions
Case Scenarios 3 – Action to Take When an Error Occurs
In this interesting case scenario, you will be taken through two situations where a drug error occurs. You will be shown what action should be taken and when. Speed of detection and immediate action will be highlighted as will the necessary documentation. This session includes:
- Identifying the error
- The immediate action to take
- The patient notification that should occur and when
- Who else should be notified
- How you should communicate with the person who administered the medicine
- Appropriate documentation
This session will also look at how this relates to the audit which will now need to be performed to prevent a recurrence of the incident.
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
The internet is a hive of all sorts of information about medicines. However, it is important that nurses refer to sites that are absolutely credible. This short session will enable you to:
- Find the most credible sites quickly
- Ensure they relate to Australian standards and guidelines
Wrap Up – So What Have You Learned?
This session will follow up on the quiz presented at the beginning of day one and lead to a final discussion. It will be an opportunity to test your learning.
4:15pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations