Thank you so much to the lovely Sue Johnston , Nursing Unit Manager of SDDOS Interventional Suite from John Hunter Hospital for volunteering her facility to host our Regional full day study event for 2017. The line-up of speakers were fabulous and those who attended were treated to a day full of learning and fabulous food !
Always a hot topic, the first speaker Dr Rhys Thomas discussed Human factors and patient safety. Adapted by Healthcare from Aviation industry, Murphy’s law was explored and the fact that shortcuts can be advantageous but most likely become an issue. The simple defibrillator and the colour coding on the delivery shock buttons was an excellent example explained.
The entertaining Dr Seshu Mandapatti explained with gynaecological procedures, more women are self-educating before their hospital visit by viewing procedures via Youtube and the like. This was well linked to also the next speaker , Dr Tracey Tay who outlined a Perioperative tool that has been adopted centering around a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. “Nothing about me without me” is a fabulous shared decision making tool that looks at risk assessment using the proper resources. Tracey described her experience in a recent trip to the Maldives at a Quality and Safety Symposium. The Maldives existing of 26 small islands, has distance as a challenge for its Muslim community in end of life conversation. Tracey read a poem by Brian Nolan, “The Last 100 days”, very moving.
Looking also at evidence based practice to improving patient outcome , Dr Bree Stephenson a colorectal fellow at JHH, gave examples of pre-op carbohydrate loading using product such as Nutricia, can positively impact on patients post-operative recovery.
Ohhh… didn’t we love the session with the calming nature of Dr Susannah Ward!! By paying attention to the present moment it can bring a sense of openness . By focusing on the present moment and the positive we can change our cognitive behaviour to have a sustained focus and maximise our resilience .
Following a warming curry meal break , Dr Ferdi Miteff ,an Interventional Neurololgist, gave an intriguing talk on the use of coils and balloon catheters for treatment of subarachnoid haemorrhage If this procedure can be performed within the first 24 hours of carefully selected patients , the outcomes for acute ischaemic stroke patients can be significantly improved. A trial in Czechozlovakia has also shown this.
DR Lisa Boyle re-educated and updated us with the recommended treatment regimes for diabetic patients which was followed by the nursing care required for Tracheostomy patients by Acacia Clifton, CNS at JHH. The tracheostomy procedure is the oldest known procedure dating back to the Egyptians in 3600 BC . Highlighted here by Acacia is the importance of handover and communication and reassurance for the patient.
Finally, us nurses MUST care for our knees and shoulders , was the message from JHH physiotherapist Bruce Donald !!! Prevention is better than cure !! By using a 6 week pre-season training , a study showed that there was a 1 in 140 chance of having an ACL injury. Surgery for ACL have a 50% chance of osteoarthritis and a 30% re-rupture rate over a 15 year period. Following rotator cuff surgery a structured physio treatment plan of 6 weeks is essential ….Start your pre-season training NOW !!
A massive thank you to to all the attendees for the Mercy Ship fundraising -$140.
Time and effort is put in to these events by the host and facility and DSNA is grateful for the hospitality extended by Sue and her team at John Hunter Hospital for making this event such a success. It was so lovely networking and meeting you all …See you at the “Excellence in Day Surgery” Conference !!