january, 2023

16jan(jan 16)9:00 am24feb(feb 24)5:00 pmNursing Orthopaedic PatientsOnlineCPD Type:Tutored CPDSubject:SurgeryCPD Hours:15 hoursCost:£250 *Will run when 5 more delegates book

Course Details

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


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


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!



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


The course will be fully tutored by Alison Young and will consist of 15 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.

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January 16 (Monday) 9:00 am - February 24 (Friday) 5:00 pm




Alison YoungDipAVN (Surgical), VTS (Surgery), RVN Head Theatre Nurse, Royal Veterinary College