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Training with Cognitive Aids

By using a well structured and easy to follow aid, the risk of error is reduced and evidence based practice is more likely to be actioned.

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Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (TIVA)
Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (TIVA)
Crystal Smith

Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (TIVA) has become an increasingly popular choice for anaesthesia, as alternatives to volatile agents. Surgical technique advancements and increasing utilisation of day hospital centres have created an environment where minimal downtime after general anaesthesia is highly desirable.

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Perioperative Anaphylaxis
Perioperative Anaphylaxis
Crystal Smith

Once anaphylaxis has been identified, immediate treatment is required to stop the allergic cascade from producing histamines, prostaglandins and cytokines, and manage the effects of these agents. Management will include immediate treatment, refractory management and post crisis management.

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Blended Learning in Resuscitation: Combining Online Learning with Practical Hands-On Training
Blended Learning in Resuscitation: Combining Online Learning with Practical Hands-On Training
Crystal Smith

The increasing use of technology and move into online learning options has expanded the options for delivering education, including resuscitation education. Theory can now be delivered in high quality and engaging modes, and allow educators to focus on the practical skills that are necessary in resuscitation.

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Central Capillary Refill Time in Paediatrics
Central Capillary Refill Time in Paediatrics
Crystal Smith

One of the most important assessment tools in rapid paediatric assessment is the central capillary refill time (CRT). It is quick, easy to perform and does not require any special equipment.

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Mobile Stroke Unit Success in Melbourne
Mobile Stroke Unit Success in Melbourne
Crystal Smith

The opportunity to reduce time to thrombolysis or EVT has significantly reduced the risk of disability for patients who were were able to access the MSU, and improved transfer times to appropriate EVT hospital centres.

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Tip your HAT to Sepsis
Tip your HAT to Sepsis
Susan Helmrich

Sepsis is a life-threatening response to infection. Did you know that more than 18 000 Australians suffer from sepsis every year with more than 5000 deaths a year; this is twice the number of deaths due to traffic accidents.

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Food Allergies and Current Infant Feeding Guidelines in Australia
Food Allergies and Current Infant Feeding Guidelines in Australia
Crystal Smith

Australia saw a five fold increase in hospitalisation with anaphylaxis between 1995 and 2005, which sadly also saw an increase in the number of fatalities from anaphylaxis. The new infant feeding guidelines have had very positive results, with many parents and healthcare professionals embracing the change.

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Ventilation and Compressions Ratios in Paediatric Resuscitation
Ventilation and Compressions Ratios in Paediatric Resuscitation
Crystal Smith

2020 ILCOR guidelines emphasise the importance of higher ventilations in paediatric resuscitation. This reflects the higher oxygen requirements of children which is evident in their higher baseline respiratory rate.

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Preoperative Assessment and Mallampati Scores
Preoperative Assessment and Mallampati Scores
Crystal Smith

The Mallampati Score or Classification is a simple and easy to use tool that assists in predicting difficult endotracheal intubation.

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