12h CPDSeminar

Trauma Nursing Seminar

Two-Day Seminar for All Nurses


30 - 31 Jan 2020
Holiday Inn Perth City Centre
778-788 Hay Street
Perth WA6000

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Why Attend

Injury related hospitalisations steadily increase each year in Australia. Do you feel confident and up to date with best practice in relation to physical trauma? Attend this seminar and learn:

  • The essentials of primary assessment in trauma situations
  • What’s different when trauma affects pregnant women and paediatric patients
  • How to prepare to receive a trauma patient
  • How to assess and manage head, abdominal, pelvic, and musculoskeletal trauma
  • Safe care for a patient with spinal trauma
  • What to do in a burns situation and much, much more…

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Need for Program

Injury amongst people in Australia is a major reason for mortality, morbidity, and permanent disability. Most injuries result from falls and men are the most likely to suffer injury. But, approximately 8% of all deaths are related to injury and trauma whether accidental or self-inflicted. Location also has a significant impact. Nurses who practice in hospitals, emergency departments, primary health care, and rural or remote area nursing are often the frontline responders or carers for those who suffer such injuries. The ability to rapidly assess a person with traumatic injury is essential for harm minimisation. In addition, high-level clinical decision-making, combined with evidence-based knowledge is essential for optimum patient care and better long-term outcomes for people affected by physical trauma.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this seminar is to provide nurses with the current evidence and underpinning principles of best-practice nursing management for people with physical trauma.

Your Learning Outcomes

  1. Correlate the pathophysiology and “mechanism of injury” to underpinning principles of trauma management as it relates to immediate, emergency, and ward care
  2. Provide evidence-based trauma nursing care within the context of the location of your practice and the resources available
  3. Develop and extend primary assessment skills for a wide range of scenarios to improve short- and long-term patient outcomes
  4. Confidently prioritise nursing actions when a complex range of trauma situations occur
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Day One

8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


Trauma and Emergency in Australia – Setting the Scene

This first session sets the scene for modern trauma management in an Australian context. It includes:

  • Special considerations to take into account when nursing in rural versus metropolitan settings
  • Defining the pre-hospital role and understanding the significance of the “mechanism of injury”
  • How to prepare to receive a trauma patient
  • Reviewing the nurse's role in trauma care
  • A look at the multidisciplinary team and the different roles within it

10:30am - Morning Tea


Essential Components of the Primary Survey and Secondary Assessment

Initial assessment and management of the person who has suffered a trauma is critical to their outcome and recovery. This session will discuss the rapid systematic primary survey, which is based on established frameworks. Case scenarios will be used to demonstrate actions within different contexts. Secondary assessment occurs once stabilisation and resuscitation have occurred as required. This session will cover:

  • Cervical spine stabilisation
  • Type of trauma, danger, and response
  • A - Airway
  • B - Breathing and oxygenation
  • C - Circulation and bleeding
  • D - Disability and delegating tasks
  • Head to toe examination
  • History
  • Toys and gadgets
  • Documentation

12:30pm - Lunch and Networking


Surviving Sepsis – The Importance of Early Recognition

Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by a whole-of-body inflammatory response to severe infection. Did you know that sepsis is one of the leading causes of death globally? Preventing mortality related to sepsis begins with early detection and timely interventions. This session uses case scenarios to explain the pathophysiological mechanisms by which sepsis develops. It will look at how you can detect the early warning signs of sepsis. Finally, it will assist you to understand the evidence-based management of this potentially fatal condition. It includes:

  • What are the new definitions of sepsis?
  • How does the nurse identify if a patient is at risk of sepsis using standardised assessment tools?
  • Early recognition- what are the clinical signs of sepsis in adults?
  • Why is timely intervention so important?
  • What does the future hold for sepsis?
  • Case study to pull it all together

3:00pm - Afternoon Tea


Shock and Shock Syndromes – Care and Management

Shock is a life-threatening condition that requires urgent treatment. This session will explain the different types of shock and give an overview of the management of shock, including haemorrhagic shock, the maintenance of adequate cellular oxygenation, and case scenarios.


Spinal Trauma – When to Apply the Collar

This session looks at the issue of spinal preservation during traumatic events and the minimisation of neurological damage. It will give an overview of the current treatment of spinal trauma and includes the following topics:

  • General guidelines for the initial assessment and nursing management of spinal injury
  • Pathophysiology as the basis of patient assessment findings
  • Spinal shock versus neurogenic shock

  • 5:00pm - Close of Day One of Seminar

    Day Two

    9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


    Head Trauma and Raised Intracranial Pressure

    Head trauma is the leading cause of death in trauma patients. Rapid assessment and management of a patient with head trauma remains the mainstay of prompt and effective treatment. This session will look at:

    • The changes that occur in vital signs
    • Glasgow Coma Scale and relevant documentation
    • The nurse's role in the prevention of secondary head injury
    • Intracranial pressure changes


    Thoracic Trauma

    Maintenance of life relies on the organs located in the thoracic cavity. Trauma to this region can be life-threatening and understanding the types of injury that can occur here, along with appropriate and timely management, can be life-saving. This session reviews chest trauma and looks at management priorities. Topics include:

    • Assessing and identifying traumatic chest injuries
    • Priorities in pneumo-haemothorax management
    • How to understand and plan effective pain management strategies for chest injuries

    10:30am - Morning Tea


    Pelvic and Abdominal Trauma

    Pelvic and abdominal trauma can lead to disability and can be life-threatening. These presentations are often complex, involving bone and soft tissue injuries to the pelvis and damage to the organs that are encased within. Causes include road traffic injuries, assault, falls, and crush injuries. This session will examine the significance of abdominal trauma and the role of the nurse, including:

    • Main classifications of pelvic injuries
    • Assessing a person with a suspected pelvic injury
    • Emergency management procedures for suspected pelvic injury


    Musculoskeletal Trauma

    This session provides an exploration of the nurse's role regarding extremity trauma, looking at:

    • Assessment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal trauma
    • Special considerations relating to the management of complex fractures
    • How age affects the patterns and severity of musculoskeletal injuries

    12:30pm - Lunch and Networking


    Burns and Extreme Thermal Injuries

    Burns can result from a number of environmental causes, such as flames, electricity, and chemicals. Hypothermia is also a potentially fatal condition. This session looks at the priorities of care for environmental thermal injuries and includes:

    • Assessment of burn injuries, including burn depth and area
    • Initial management of a thermal injury, including specifics of fluid resuscitation
    • Special considerations in the management of the burns patient
    • Management of patients with hypothermia


    Older Adults

    Older adults who present with trauma require special consideration in a number of areas. This session will examine:

    • Identification of the implications of chronic illness and its management in trauma
    • Pathophysiology as the basis of response to trauma in the elderly
    • How to identify and report trauma caused by elder abuse

    3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Paediatric Trauma

    This session takes a brief look at some of the special considerations that nurses need to be aware of when managing children who have sustained trauma, including:

    • Assessing the paediatric patient
    • Key considerations in trauma management of an injured child
    • Life-support considerations


    Pregnant Women and Trauma

    The changes in a woman's physiology during pregnancy present special challenges to the trauma clinician. This session will explore the importance of understanding these changes in order to effectively treat the pregnant woman and will cover:

    • Assessment in pregnancy
    • The impact of the growing uterus and aortocaval compression (supine hypotensive syndrome) on trauma care
    • Domestic violence
    • Medication management in pregnancy


    Putting it All Together

    This final session will be presented as interactive case studies designed to encourage participants to explore and apply current trauma management principles introduced over the last two days. Participants will be able to contribute to the nursing care of multi-trauma patients in two case studies, covering adult and paediatric examples.

    5:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations

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    Karen Mason

    Karen Mason qualified as a Nurse Practitioner: emergency, gaining her masters in nurse practitioner studies in 2008. She currently works at the Fiona Stanley Emergency Department, a role she has undertaken since the hospital opened in February 2015. She has numerous postgraduate qualifications and is the lead author on a project with the Western Australian Department of Health, overseeing the introduction of statewide discharge information sheets for adult, paediatric, and elderly patients. She is passionate about ongoing education for nurses. Read More

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