Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration

About this Course

This innovative course has been designed to assist clinicians achieve the new ACSQHC 2nd edition NSQHS Standard 8 – Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration. This course will emphasise not just the observation of the patient but also the interpretation of those observations & strategies for communicating an increased response to further prevent or reverse the clinical deterioration of the patient with the aim to improve patient safety & outcomes.

As the emphasis in this two day course is on the physiological deterioration, the course is applicable to all patients in acute care situations and to all acute healthcare facilities and clinical practice.

The author of this course, Ken Hambrecht, is so well respected in the field that he has been invited to write a book chapter entitled “Recognising and responding to the deteriorating patient” for an international Elsevier textbook to be published in the first half of 2019. If you want to learn from the person who literally wrote the book on the topic then this course is for you.

During the program participants will be provided with essential skills relating to the assessment and management of patients who are experiencing clinical deterioration or have the potential to do so. For each area of clinical deterioration, the session will commence with a review of the essential physiology and then relate that to the pathophysiological changes which lead to the development of altered signs & symptoms.

Following this review, specific clinical management strategies based on a problem solving case history approach will be developed with the aim of stabilising the patient and preventing or reversing their clinical deterioration.

With Critical Care Education Services you can book early with confidence. We have never cancelled a course, and many of our programs sell out regularly. Register now to secure your place.

Nursing attending this program earn 12 CPD Hours towards their ongoing education.

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  • Course Dates

    • Brisbane – 3 & 4 April 2019
    • Melbourne – 30 & 31 May 2019
  • Course Program

    Day One

    TimeSubject/Activity
    0815 - 0845Registration, coffee & tea
    0900 - 0915Welcome, Introduction, Setting the Scene, The Scope of the Problem.
    0915 - 1000Essential Respiratory Physiology: O2 delivery & metabolism, physiology of O2 saturation. CO2 production & elimination. Regulation of Respiration.
    1000 - 1030Morning Tea, Networking
    1030 - 1230The Patient with Respiratory Problems. The Breathless Patient: Assessment of Respiration – The Forgotten Vital Sign – rate, depth & work of breathing. The Use & Abuse of a Pulse Oximeter. Dyspnoea, Hypoxaemia & Hypercarbia.
    1230 - 1330Lunch, Networking
    1330 - 1500Cardiovascular Assessment: Determinants of BP; Regulation of Cardiac Output & BP; Manual & Non-invasive Blood Pressure Measurement.
    1500 - 1515Afternoon Tea
    1515 - 1615Assessment & Management of the Patient with Cardiovascular Problems: hypotension, arrhythmias, shock states.

    Day Two

    TimeSubject/Activity
    0900 - 1000The Patient with Neurological Alteration: Fits, Faints & Funny Turns. Syncope. Confusion, Delirium. Neurological Assessment – Getting it Right.
    1000 - 1030Morning Tea
    1030 - 1130The Patient with an Infective or Inflammatory process. Signs of sepsis. Allergic reactions.
    1130 - 1300The Patient with Alterations in Fluid, Electrolyte or Glucose levels – Hypoglycaemia. Causes of renal insufficiency/failure.
    1300 - 1345Lunch, Networking
    1345 - 1415Pain Assessment – The Fifth Vital Sign.
    1415 - 1515Communication & Documentation: Skills & strategies to enhance communication within the team, provide a structured handover, & escalate response to clinical deterioration. Observation Charts & Early warning systems.
    1515 - 1530Afternoon Tea
    1530 - 1630Scenarios – putting it all together: Case Studies & Problem Solving Exercises.
  • Course Fees

    Fee for attendance at the 2 day Care of the Deteriorating Patient Course is $495.

    Single day registrations are also accepted for $340.

    **A 10% group discount is available when registering 4 or more participants
    in a single transaction

    Registration includes lecture outlines with reference lists, lunch, refreshments, and a certificate of attendance.

    A receipt and confirmation of registration will be returned by your preferred contact method following registration and payment.

    Please note that a $55 cancellation fee applies. No refund will be given if cancellation occurs within one week of the course.

  • Venue Information

    Brisbane: Hotel Grand Chancellor

    Adelaide: Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley

    Melbourne: St Vincent’s Hospital

    Townsville: Mercure Hotel

    Sydney: Mantra Parramatta

For More Information

For more information regarding this course and any dates upon which it is scheduled please download the course brochure. To enquire about hosting this course at your organisation, please submit our online enquiry form.


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