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The Theatre of Risk - Anaphylaxis, Massive Blood Loss and Haemostasis


Resource Type: Nursing Lecture
Listening Time: 46 Mins
Date Added: 07/02/2017
Date Recorded: 23/05/2016
Date Reviewed:
Event: Perioperative Nursing: Introductory Skills Update
Location: Melbourne, Australia

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Complications arising from anaesthesia or surgical intervention can lead to devastating consequences for a patient and may even be fatal. 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.

Topics covered

Case Scenario - Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening reaction to an antigen and may be seen after exposure to anaesthetic agents or medicines used intraoperatively. This case scenario will illustrate an example of anaphylaxis and how it manifests in the operating room.
  • Common culprits: neuromuscular blocking agents, antibiotics, induction medicines, latex
  • Type of reactions that occur
  • Early signs of anaphylaxis - what you must know
  • Immediate actions
  • Documentation
  • Follow up action (identifying the cause of the anaphylaxis) for future reference
Case Scenario - Massive Blood Loss: Haemorrhage is the main cause of cardiac arrest in the operating room. It can be dramatic and cause a state of emergency in the theatre. This case scenario will look at the causes of blood loss including transfusion practice and anaesthetic management. It will then review the types of surgery that are more likely to create this risk. Finally, it will take you through step-by-step the actions that are necessary to ensure correct processes are maintained during such a crisis and that, where possible, life is saved. Includes:
  • Most likely causes of massive blood loss
  • Identifying a critical state of emergency
  • Tools to maintain haemostasis
  • Coordinating the team - notification of blood transfusion staff, Intensive Care Unit etc.
  • Nursing actions and documentation
  • Notifying the family


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Presenter Biographies

RN Grad Dip Nsg (Anaesthetic and Post Anaesthetic Care) MN (Education)

Suzi has been working in the perioperative field for the past decade. Her passion lies in perianaesthesia nursing and has been seeking to advance the field over the past few years. She is a tutor/lecturer for Western Sydney University [WSU] in the Bacheor 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...

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