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2-Day Seminar for Nurses Working in Perianaesthesia Settings
Do you want to work in a recovery or PACU? Are you already practising in a perianaesthesia setting? Patients undergoing or recovering from anaesthesia are reliant on your up-to-date knowledge and skills. Attend this seminar to:
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Patients in the perianaesthesia setting are presenting with increasing co-morbidities and complex care needs. Many are at high risk for surgery and immediate recovery may be compromised. Nurses are critical to safe perianaesthesia and need to rapidly recognise and prioritise problem areas to resolve patient issues. Caring for vulnerable patients who are undergoing or recovering from anaesthesia is reliant on a sound knowledge base, technological skills and non-technical skills that can be adapted to any situation. In addition, as new procedures and medications emerge in the surgical and anaesthesia fields, nurses must be proactive about new learning.
This seminar provides an update on a range of fundamental perianaesthesia nursing knowledge and skills essential for safe practice and recovery of patients in this environment of care.
8:30am - Registration and Refreshments
Perianaesthesia nursing has evolved into a highly specialised area that has encompassed many changes in its environment of care. This follows a global trend that reflects a continual expansion in nurses' scope of practice. This introductory session looks at the changes that are occurring in the perianaesthesia nursing landscape in relation to the current ACORN role descriptions. It will consider what this means for nurses who are working in larger complex facilities as well those who are employed in smaller settings. This includes the introduction of advanced practice roles. By understanding these new positions, you will be able to gain insight into the already identified complexities of care. The following roles will be considered:
The principles of infection control and aseptic technique have been taught to us since the early stages of our nursing career and are, without doubt, a critical aspect of all that we do. Within the perianaesthesia environment, however, there are specific conditions that we must abide by in order to ensure infection prevention is scrupulously maintained. There will be an exploration of the ACORN Standard Statements for Infection Prevention and Aseptic Technique focusing on the specific requirements in the operating theatre, such as correct theatre attire and the management of traffic flow. It includes:
10:30am - Morning Tea
During any surgical procedure, there are essential rules that must be followed to allay risk and prevent surgical mishaps. In this session, you will consider other critical aspects of maintaining a safe environment of care. This includes:
This will be a highly interactive session where you can discuss different surgical/patient examples that relate to your environment of care.
12:30pm - Lunch and Networking
Understanding and monitoring the patient's response to anaesthetic during a surgical procedure is crucial. Positive patient outcomes rely completely on the accurate management of this aspect of care. There are many different types of anaesthetics and many special surgical considerations that need to be respected prior to administration of invasive medical procedures. This session includes an afternoon tea break and will bring you up to date on the use of modern anaesthetics, including:
4:45pm - Close of Day One of Seminar
9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
The Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) is a high dependency unit that cares for patients who have been impacted by surgical manipulation and the use of anaesthetic agents (it used to be called “Recovery Room”). Typically, it is an area adjacent to the operating room where patients who have had surgery are taken for intensive nursing observation and care while recovering from the anaesthetic. There are many high-alert situations that can occur at this time and, therefore, the skills, clinical reasoning abilities, and actions of nurses in this area are of paramount importance. This session looks at the PACU and discusses:
10:30am - Morning Tea
Complications arising from anaesthesia or surgical intervention can lead to devastating consequences for a patient and may even be fatal. This session will focus on the incidence of complications under anaesthesia and within the PACU. It also includes preparation for emergencies and the environmental/location considerations during an emergency (i.e. the management within an operating theatre versus PACU).
12:30pm - Lunch and Networking
This afternoon session will look at a range of case scenarios where harm has occurred due to surgical intervention. It will include what to do if an untoward event occurs during your line of duty.
3:30pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
Maintaining a clear airway is obviously of paramount importance. In this case scenario you will be guided through the assessment of the airway and the actions to take when problems arise. It will focus on the current ANZCA recommendations and includes:
This final session will draw together the common threads of crisis management involved in perianaesthesia nursing. Finally, it will review of ACORN Standards as well as standards, policies, procedures, and guidelines from state health services.
5:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations
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.