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This 6 week course will cover many different aspects of nursing orthopaedic patients and the role nurses can play in giving these patients the best chance of a good recovery.

Week 1
The Orthopaedic Trauma Patient

  • Presentation
  • Triaging wounds
  • Initial wound management
  • Open fracture management

Learning objectives

  • Prepare equipment for initial stabilisation of the trauma patient
  • Select dressings and materials for initial wound management
  • Understand the grading system for open fractures and how this affects management of these cases
  • Prepare all necessary items for treatment of open fractures

Week 2
Preparing the Patient for Surgery

  • Clipping and preparing the patient
  • Orthopaedic theatre nursing
  • Theatre set up
  • Instrumentation
  • Scrub nurse role
  • Cleaning and sterilising

Learning objectives

  • Create an appropriate surgery schedule
  • Identify common orthopaedic surgical instruments and their use
  • Prepare and confidently check the theatre set up for a range of procedures, including equipment
  • Have a full understanding of orthopaedic equipment and how to care for it correctly
  • Understand the benefits a scrub nurse provides to the surgeon, the patient and the surgical procedure

Week 3
Orthopaedic Procedures – So Many to Choose From!

  • Surgery
  • Arthroscopy

Learning objectives

  • Understand the options available for common orthopaedic conditions
  • Create a case study for a patient they have been involved in the nursing care of
  • Identify common surgical equipment, its use and how to prepare for surgery

Week 4
Fracture Repair - Internal Fixation

  • Fracture classification
  • Implants and consumables
  • Surgical instruments and equipment

Learning objectives

  • Identify common surgical implants used in fracture repair
  • Understand how the method of repair used will impact on the care required for the patient post-operatively

Week 5
Fracture Repair - External Fixation

  • Implants and consumables
  • Surgical instruments and equipment

Learning objectives

  • Identify common surgical implants used for external fracture repair
  • Understand the instructions required by owners for the ongoing care and management of patients with external fixators

Week 6
Recovery and the Post-operative Period

  • Recovery from anaesthesia
  • Immediate therapy
  • Ongoing nursing care plans
  • Surgical complications

Learning objectives

  • Create nursing care plans for post-operative surgical patients
  • Develop the team role for nurses in the rehabilitation orthopaedic patients
  • Understand the key responsibilities for client communication and post-operative care
  • Identify common complications and how to ensure owners understand the potential consequences