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The ABCDE of post resuscitation care

Following 10 minutes of CPR and two shocks for VT, Nadia shows signs of life. After the third rhythm check, with respiratory effort noted, the defib was disarmed using the COACHED sequence. What is the next step in determining the plan of care for Nadia?

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High Performance CPR
High Performance CPR
Susan Helmrich

Successful resuscitation attempts rely on the optimisation of cerebral and coronary perfusion. For this to occur it is important to work like a NASCAR pit crew and deliver high performance CPR.

Is your CPD feeling a bit under the weather? Let us nurse you back to CPD health!
Is your CPD feeling a bit under the weather? Let us nurse you back to CPD health!
Susan Helmrich

Seeking guidance on which courses to prioritise before the CPD year concludes? You're not alone!

Intraoperative Laser Safety: Patient & Personal Protection
Intraoperative Laser Safety: Patient & Personal Protection
Deb Evans

Laser safety in operating theatres is crucial for staff and patient protection. Implementing training, protective eyewear, safety protocols, and controlled access ensures effective surgical procedures and minimises risks like tissue damage. Prioritising these measures enhances overall procedural safety and effectiveness.

Obstetric Emergencies, can you help Lauren?
Obstetric Emergencies, can you help Lauren?
Jenny Browne

You are working in ED and have received a call from Pathology regarding blood results that you took earlier on Lauren, who is 18 years old and 30 weeks pregnant with her first child. Discover the diagnosis behind Lauren's abnormal blood results and learn the symptoms, risks, and management of this life-threatening obstetric emergency.

What is causing the high airway pressure alarms on the ventilator?
What is causing the high airway pressure alarms on the ventilator?
Jenny Browne

Discover the reasons behind high airway pressure alarms in ventilators, from circuit issues to patient factors like bronchospasm. Learn how to troubleshoot and optimise ventilation modes like SIMV and PCV for patients like Carl in the ICU.

How Graded Assertiveness Can Improve Patient Safety and Team Dynamics
How Graded Assertiveness Can Improve Patient Safety and Team Dynamics
Grace Larson

Explore the critical role of graded assertiveness in healthcare communication, empowering teams to improve patient safety. Assertive communication fosters collaboration and accountability, navigating complexities within hospital settings effectively to create a culture of safety.

Training with cognitive aids - what have we learnt from the airline industry
Training with cognitive aids - what have we learnt from the airline industry
Susan Helmrich

CRM principles grew from the airline industry's crew/cockpit resource management. A key aspect of these principles is using all available information and knowing your resources. Checklists have been a key feature for the airline industry and anaesthesia, but checklists are only as good as the training of the people using them.

Intraoperative temperature monitoring: Safeguarding against perioperative hypothermia & Malignant hyperthermia
Intraoperative temperature monitoring: Safeguarding against perioperative hypothermia & Malignant hyperthermia
Deb Evans

Perioperative nurses play a crucial role in ensuring patient safety during surgery. Monitoring intraoperative temperatures is essential for identifying and managing perioperative hypothermia and malignant hyperthermia, safeguarding patient well-being.

Tracheostomy Emergencies - Clinical Opal
Tracheostomy Emergencies - Clinical Opal
Jenny Browne

You are caring for two non-ventilated patients in ICU when your patient Sylvia’s monitor starts alarming as her SpO2 is 89%. Her monitor shows that she is also tachycardic with a heart rate of 130/ min, and her respiratory rate has increased to 30/ min. What actions should you take?