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PREPARED - Preventing & Responding to Clinical Deterioration

In the dynamic environment of Australian hospitals, nurses play a crucial role in the recognition and response to clinical deterioration. This course meets the requirement of the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards for Standard 8 Safety and Quality - Standard 8 Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration Standard and aims to enhance your understanding and skills in this critical aspect of healthcare, ensuring better patient outcomes and safety.

Recognise the signs: clinical deterioration can often be subtle, as a nurse your vigilance in monitoring vital signs, changes in physical and mental conditions and deviations from the expected trajectory of illness and recovery is pivotal.

Escalate effectively: Early recognition involves being alert to the indicators of deterioration and utilising effective communication including the use of clinical handover tools like ISBAR to facilitate early activation of rapid response systems via MET calls.

Make a difference: Knowledge is power. Enrol in this course and be PREPARED. Your expertise, vigilance and prompt action can make a significant difference in patient outcomes. Stay informed, and keep making a difference.

The Medcast PREPARED online course uses a case based approach to address the key criteria of Standard 8 - Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration from the 2nd edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Care Standards.  Applying the ABCDE approach to patient case studies, this course explains clinical physiology to help you understand the causes of deterioration to facilitate early recognition and response.

Online eLearning & webinar sessions cover:

  • When to worry: Red flags & essential physiology of deterioration
  • Managing cardiac causes of deterioration - chest pain, syncope & shock
  • Managing respiratory causes of deterioration - respiratory failure, asthma & pneumonia
  • Managing neurological causes of deterioration - stroke, delirium & seizures
  • Managing surgical causes of deterioration - sepsis, bleeding & pain
  • Responding to deterioration - Escalation, communication & complications 


What our 2023 participants said about the course:

"This was a very good interactive course.  I enjoyed going back to the basics of cardiology and respiratory and picked up tips from each section. It has been good to refresh and learn a few more things"

"I loved that ABCDE assessment was covered more precisely" "The eLearning case studies were very informative, delivered in an easy to digest format that was so interactive"

"The online study day was well done with a good balance of case studies and other material. The online work exercises were relevant and a good revision.  All the coroners and clinical cases revealed how simply some patients deteriorated, a very good reminder!"

"The presenters were knowledgeable and presented the information in a clear and easy to understand format. The case studies were great."

"I think all nurses would find it pertinent and helpful"

Course Educators
Susan Helmrich
Susan Helmrich

Susan Helmrich RN, DipAppScNsg, BN, CritCareCert, CoronaryCareCert, TraumaNsgCareCert, CertIV(TAE), MN(Ed), GradCert(Ldrshp & Mgt) has extensive experience ...

Jenny Browne
Jenny Browne

Jenny Browne, RN, Cert IV (TAE), CritCareCert, MN(AdvClinEd), has an extensive background in critical care nursing and education. Jenny has worked across a vari...


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12 hours CPD

Educational Activities: 8 hours

Reviewing Performance: 8 hours

Areas Of Interest: Acute Care, Critical Care, Emergencies, Patient safety, Resuscitation


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners

Price $440.00 AUD (incl. GST)

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