Common Emergency Patient Presentations (Nov 2021)

£250.00

6 week course (15 hours CPD), starting 1st November 2021

Description

Week 1

Triage assessment of the trauma patient and stabilisation of the emergency patient

  • Carrying out an effective triage assessment and the RVN's role
  • Major body system assessment
  • Approach to dysfunction of the cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological systems
  • Practical considerations for managing the emergency patient stabilisation

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants:

  • Will be able to correctly identify a patient with dysfunction of a major body system
  • Confidently triage and assess an emergency patient
  • Recognise the approach to dysfunction of different major body systems and stabilisation techniques utilised for emergency patients
  • Appreciate specific nursing considerations for the emergency presentation

 

Week 2

Urethral obstruction

  • Identification of the patient with urethral obstruction
  • Stabilisation techniques
  • Evidence-based discussion on emergency management, fluid types and analgesia options.

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants:

  • Will have taken part in case based discussions
  • Be able to identify the patient’s condition and the pathophysiology alongside potential complicating factors such as co-morbidities
  • Understand how to correct fluid deficits and identifying the difference between hypovolemia and dehydration
  • Participate in acid-base and electrolyte discussions, including how to address hypo and hyperkalemia
  • Appreciate the specific nursing considerations for patients with urethral obstruction

 

Week 3

Diabetic ketoacidosis

  • Presentation and initial emergency management
  • Acid base balance and electrolyte abnormalities
  • Pathophysiology of diabetic ketoacidosis and complicating factors

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants:

  • Will have taken part in case based discussions
  • Be able to identify the patient’s condition and the pathophysiology alongside potential complicating factors such as co-morbidities
  • Understand how to correct fluid deficits and identifying the difference between hypovolemia and dehydration
  • Participate in acid-base and electrolyte discussions, including how to address hypo and hyperkalemia
  • Appreciate the specific nursing considerations for patients with DKA

 

Week 4

The acute abdomen - surgical cases

  • Pre-anaesthesia stabilisation and assessment
  • Analgesia choices in the critically ill patient
  • Peri-operative and recovery periods
  • Nursing specific concerns post operatively

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants:

  • Will be able to develop a pre-anesthetic plan and discuss suitable stabilisation as well as attribute an ASA score
  • Be able to complete with confidence a surgical checklist and identify areas of concern
  • Understand analgesia choices, the options we have including CRIS, local and regional techniques
  • Engage in cased based presentations, including abdominal foreign bodies and gastric dilatation and volvulus

 

Week 5

The acute abdomen - non-surgical cases

  • Analgesia and pain scoring
  • Non-surgical versus surgical patients
  • SIRS and DIC
  • Nutritional support

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants:

  • Understand pain scoring and the importance of using validated methods
  • Understand analgesia choices, the options we have including CRIS, local and regional techniques
  • How to decide if a patient is surgical or non-surgical, especially in the case of traumatic haemoabdomen
  • Understand the pathophysiology behind systemic inflammatory response syndromes and disseminated intravascular coagulation and how to identify the early indications of development of these syndromes

 

Week 6

Acute gastrointestinal disease

  • Haemorrhagic gastroenteritis including
    parvovirus
  • Fluid therapy
  • Antibiosis

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants:

  • Identify appropriate approaches to fluid replacement including discussion of the use of crystalloids and colloids in the patient with AHDS.
  • Appreciate the importance of nutrition in the patient with acute gastro-intestinal disease and how we can provide that
  • Potential complications that may occur, including sepsis
  • Rational use of antibiotics using evidence bases

 

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

 

For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses - please open the guide below:

Kath Howie

VTS (ECC), RVN

PRINCIPAL NURSE MANAGER, VETS NOW

Kath worked in a primary care practice through her training and qualified in January 2000. After a few years in practice as a registered nurse she decided to take the step into referral nursing in 2003. After a couple of years gaining experience of nursing intensive care patients and those with complex needs, she moved into emergency practice in 2005. In 2009 she achieved the Veterinary Technician Speciality in Emergency and Critical Care and re- certified in 2014.

This online course is worth 15 hours of CPD.

 

A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.

 

Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 6 weeks from the start date.  The course will consist of various interactive tasks and lessons, including quizzes, case studies, forum discussions and further reading material.

 

The course is fully tutored, with new material will be provided weekly, but the onus will be on the individual delegate to ensure that all tasks are fully complete.  The certificate will only be issued at the end of the course when all tasks have been accomplished.  Fewer CPD hours will be awarded at the the end of the course if there are unfinished tasks or there has been no contribution to the discussion forum, for example.

 

The course is fully flexible, and there are no weekly ‘deadlines’ – the lessons and tasks may be completed whenever is convenient for each delegate, and any live lessons with be recorded and made available in that format.   Furthermore, all the course material (excluding the interactive discussion forum) will be available for a further 2 weeks, to allow delegates the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons and tasks, or to take the opportunity to delve further into the suggested reading texts.  Please note however, that the course will not be tutored by the speaker during these final two weeks.

 

After 8 weeks, all learning material will be cleared from the delegate’s account, so please ensure any important course notes or information is saved to your personal computer before this time.  If you make any personal notes during the course using the ‘take notes’ app, these will be saved, along with your certificate and CPD record for permanent access in ‘My CPD’.

 

For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses – please read our PDF guide to Online Tutored CPD