The Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) - ...Part 1
The Post Anaesthetic Care Unit is a high dependency unit, caring 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; therefore the skills, clinical reasoning abilities and actions of nurses in this area are of paramount importance.
Intraoperative Considerations - Position...ing and Equipment
During any surgical procedure, there are essential rules that must be followed to allay risk and prevent surgical mishaps. As mentioned yesterday, scrupulously maintaining an aseptic environment is an... example of this. In this session you will consider other critical aspects of maintaining a safe environment of care.
Anaesthetic Machines and Airway Manageme...nt
This session will bring you up to date on the use of modern anaesthetics, including a review of the anaesthetic machine - the vital tool in maintaining a patient's physiological status throughout a pr...ocedure.
Infection Prevention and Aseptic Techniq...ue
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 pe...rioperative environment, however, there are specific conditions 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 management of traffic flow.
Defining the Perioperative Nurse - A Rap...idly Evolving Profession
Perioperative 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 perioperative 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.
What's in it for Me? Supporting Family C...arers
When your main focus is the client, the family carers’ concerns can fade into the background....
Physical Assessment Skills that Could Sa...ve a Life - Respiratory System
The respiratory system is often thought of as a difficult system to assess. Yet understanding how to recognise when things are going wrong can have a huge impact on patient outcomes. This session will... cover some basic concepts relating to the respiratory system and improve your confidence when performing a respiratory assessment.
What to do When People Worry About Being... Sick
At a time when a person needs all the strength they can muster to get fit and well again, they may find they are held back by a deep sense of worry and loss of control over their life. They may have a... condition which will never heal and which causes them to live in a perpetual state of anticipatory fear.
Promoting Nutrition in the Elderly
Malnutrition is a major health problem known to exacerbate chronic illness and increase morbidity and mortality in older people. What practical strategies can you use to prevent malnutrition in your p...atients?
Physical Assessment Skills that Could Sa...ve a Life - Neurological System
The general consensus from nurses is that anything to do with the brain is difficult to understand! Yet a neurological assessment need not be as hard as it seems. The purpose of this session is to tak...e you through the basics of a neurological assessment, including the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS).
Future-Proof Your Career!
This opening session will introduce the conference by providing an inspiring story of how Enrolled Nurses can both embrace their role as well as aim for the stars!...
The Role of Coeliac Queensland
Coeliac societies across the globe are essential providers of support to individuals and families, supplying correct information and helping to raise awareness of coeliac disease in the community. Thi...s session will provide an interesting look at the vital role that Coeliac Queensland plays, in conjunction with Coeliac Australia, as well as an overview of useful resources for health professionals.
Psychosocial Care of the Person with Coe...liac Disease
The psychosocial burden associated with the diagnosis of a lifelong disorder cannot be underestimated. Nurses are in a primary position to recognise and promote wellness in individuals who may be pron...e to or who are experiencing adverse psychological effects resulting from this condition. This important session considers some of the negative mental health impacts associated with coeliac disease and its treatment. There will be a special focus on how to promote optimum quality of life.
Treating Coeliac Disease with a Gluten-F...ree Diet
Removing the environmental trigger, or toxin, - gluten - from the diet following a diagnosis of coeliac disease is critical. Understanding the indications for this major dietary change is therefore es...sential.
Coeliac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity?
Approximately 10% of Australians are now following glutenfree or wheat-free diets. In the majority of cases they do not have a formal medical diagnosis of coeliac disease. Why are people doing this? W...hat is wheat and gluten sensitivity and how does it differ from coeliac disease? This session provides the latest information on gluten sensitivity and the medical importance of distinguishing coeliac disease from gluten sensitivity.
How is Coeliac Disease Diagnosed?
Appropriate diagnosis of coeliac disease is not only the key to receiving restorative treatment but also reducing stigma around this frequently misunderstood condition. This session provides a valuabl...e opportunity to increase your knowledge of how coeliac disease is diagnosed, thereby assisting susceptible patients to seek appropriate medical attention and receive treatment.
Clinical Manifestations - Signs and Symp...toms of Coeliac Disease
Coeliac disease presents in variable ways. Symptoms may not be present at all or may be minor or severe. This means symptoms are at times overlooked due to their non-specific nature. People may not re...cognise the severity of the disease until they begin to feel the positive effects of treatment.
How and Why Does Coeliac Disease Develop...?
Greater research of coeliac disease has moved us closer to understanding the pathogenesis of this multi-factorial disease. This session looks at the many complex factors that cause gluten to activate ...an immune response and cause damage to a susceptible person.
Facts About Coeliac Disease
Has coeliac disease always existed? Is its prevalence increasing or have modern screening and diagnostic approaches improved our identification of this condition?...
My Experience of Coeliac Disease
Coeliac disease is often thought of as an invisible disease, yet it is considered to be one of the most common lifelong diseases worldwide. This enlightening session will revealing what it is like to ...experience coeliac disease. The perspective of a person living with coeliac disease who is also a nurse will set the scene for this two-day conference.