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Emergency Presentations

Outlines critical Emergency Department presentations, systems and processes, including triage, disaster management and the nurse’s role.
Emergency nursing practice covers an enormous range of clinical presentations, from headaches to chest pain to broken bones.

This CPD course focuses on conditions at the critical end of the practice spectrum, and will help you integrate emergency nursing principles and practice in initial patient care. You will begin by addressing the organisational systems and processes of care in an emergency environment, including the Australasian triage model, extended practice nursing roles, multiple casualties/disaster management and the retrieval and transport of critically ill patients. From here you will study some of the most common emergency presentations and conditions related to critical care practice, such as acute abdominal pain, overdose and near-drowning.

You will discuss the initial clinical assessment and incidence of these presentations, as well as their likely diagnoses and their initial management in the Emergency Department.

After working through this module, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the uniqueness of the emergency care environment/
  2. Outline the development of Australasian triage models.
  3. Discuss the process of initial patient assessment and triage nursing practice.
  4. Integrate emergency nursing principles and practice in initial patient care.
  5. Describe the various roles of extended nursing practice in the emergency setting.
  6. Describe the principles and practice of patient preparation for retrievals or transfers.
  7. Discuss the principles for the management of disaster victims in the emergency department.
  8. Discuss the initial nursing management of common presentations to the ED, including chest pain, abdominal pain, neurological, respiratory, poisoning, envenomation, submersion and heat illness.
Once you have enrolled in the course you can access the content below by clicking on the links.

Course Content

Lessons Status
1

Introduction

2

Triage

3

Extended Roles

4

Retrievals and Transport

5

Multiple Patient Triage / Disaster

6

Respiratory Presentations

7

Chest Pain Presentations

8

Abdominal Symptoms Presentations

9

Acute Stroke

10

Overdose and Poisoning - Part 1

11

Overdose and Poisoning - Part 2

12

Overdose and Poisoning - Part 3

13

Envenomation

14

Near Drowning

15

Hypothermia

16

Hyperthermia and Heat Illness

17

Case Studies

18

Research Vignette

19

Summary

20

Further Learning

21

References

22

Course Complete

ELS-002
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2hrs
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