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2-Day Seminar for All Nurses
Many nurses will be faced with patients who have suffered physical trauma. Make sure you are confident and up-to-date with best practice in these situations. Attend this seminar to improve your knowledge and build confidence in:
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In Australia, deaths resulting from trauma are commonly caused by falls, self-harm, unintentional injury, and transport accidents. Nurses who practice in hospitals, emergency departments, primary health care, and rural or remote area nursing are often the frontline responders or carers of the people who suffer such injuries. Your 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 ensures that optimum patient-care and better long-term outcomes are achieved for people affected by traumatic injury.
The purpose of this seminar is to provide nurses with the current evidence and underpinning principles of best-practice nursing management of people with physical trauma.
8:30am - Registration and Refreshments
This first session sets the scene for modern trauma management in an Australian context:
10:30am - Morning Tea
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. It includes:
12:30pm - Lunch and Networking
Secondary assessment occurs once stabilisation and resuscitation have occurred as required. This session will cover:
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.
3:15pm - Afternoon Tea
This session looks at the issue of spinal preservation during traumatic events and the minimisation of neurological damage. It will give an overview of current treatment of spinal trauma and includes the following topics:
This session provides an exploration of the nurse's role regarding extremity trauma, looking at:
5:00pm - Close of Day One of Seminar
9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
Head trauma is the leading cause of death in trauma patients. Rapid assessment and management of a patient with head trauma remain the mainstay of prompt and effective treatment. This session will look at:
Pelvic and abdominal trauma can lead to disability and 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:
10:30am - Morning Tea
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:
This session delves into the current clinical concepts with the management of traumatic cardiac arrest. The recommendations from the Australian Resuscitation Council outline a different approach to this life-threatening event. The science and evidence behind these management principles are explained with practical use of current traumatic cardiac arrest treatment algorithms.
12:30pm - Lunch and Networking
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:
A brief look at some of the special considerations that nurses need to be aware of when managing children who have sustained trauma, including:
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
Older adults who present with trauma require special consideration in a number of areas. This session will examine:
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:
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
Trish Lemin is a Registered Nurse with more than 20 years of emergency experience in prehospital, metro, and rural settings. Her qualifications include midwifery and a masters in advanced practice, as well as emergency and education certificates. Prior to commencing her current role in health service as a trauma nurse consultant, she worked in dual roles as a clinical nurse educator in ED and a university lecturer specialising in the sciences. She is currently professionally active both clinically and in education, including many modes of multidisciplinary trauma education.