12h CPDSeminar

Trauma Nursing Seminar

Two-Day Seminar for All Nurses


14 - 15 Nov 2019
Mercure Hotel Brisbane
85-87 North Quay
Brisbane QLD4000

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Why Attend

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:

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

Attend this highly evaluated and informative seminar. Book now!

Need for Program

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.

Purpose of Program

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.

Your Learning Outcomes

  1. Correlate the underpinning principles of trauma management to the pathophysiology and “mechanism of injury” to achieve the best patient outcomes
  2. Provide evidence-based trauma nursing care contingent on the capacity and resources of the setting within which you practice
  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:

  • 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

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:

  • Cervical spine stabilisation
  • Type of trauma, danger, and response
  • A - Airway
  • B - Breathing and oxygenation
  • C - Circulation and bleeding
  • D - Disability and delegating tasks

12:30pm - Lunch and Networking


Secondary Assessment

Secondary assessment occurs once stabilisation and resuscitation have occurred as required. This session will cover:

  • Head to toe examination
  • History
  • Toys and gadget
  • Documentation


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.

3:15pm - Afternoon Tea


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 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


Musculoskeletal Trauma

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

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

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 remain 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 prevention of secondary head injury
  • Intracranial pressure changes


Pelvic and Abdominal Trauma

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:

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

10:30am - Morning Tea


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


Traumatic Cardiac Arrest

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 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


Paediatric Trauma

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

3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


Trauma in 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 elder response to trauma
  • How to identify and report trauma caused by elder abuse


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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Patricia Lemin

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. Read More

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