Phone: 07 4153 4215
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Phone: 02 6674 2577
Email: [email protected]

Care of the patient with a respiratory or airway complication

15 – 22 October 2022 | Alaska | 27 CPD Hours

Conference Program:

This conference will present an overview of common acute respiratory complications and airway problems, looking at respiratory assessment and management across the age continuum. The role of the nurse/ paramedic in respiratory disease and airway management will be discussed from diagnosis to management.

This information provided in this course will be applicable to all areas of nursing and paramedics, from the acute setting in the emergency department to the medical or surgical ward nurse managing a patient with unexpected respiratory symptoms. Nurses must have advanced knowledge of the signs and symptoms of respiratory deterioration. Developing knowledge on how to recognise and perform advanced clinical assessment on a patient who is deteriorating is an expectation of the evolving role of the clinical nurse/ paramedic1. In this conference, we will explore the assessment of a patient with a variety of clinical disorders with an emphasis on respiratory function.

A case study approach will be used looking at many clinical scenarios that will assist the nurse/paramedic to recognise and respond to clinical deterioration by applying a critical thinking approach. The communication strategies to support patient assessment will be investigated. ‘Human factors’ and ‘situational awareness’ will be incorporated into the conference content in recognition that these skills are vital in ensuring effective communication within the healthcare team2.

Conference Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore the skills required to recognise and undertake clinical assessment of the patient with common acute respiratory complications and airway problems,
  • Explore the skills required to recognise and undertake clinical assessment of the patient with common acute respiratory complications and airway problems,
  • Review a variety of clinical conditions relating to common acute respiratory complications and airway problems,
  • Discuss common acute respiratory complications and airway problems, affecting children through to the older adult• Discover how to apply critical thinking via a scenario-based teaching approach. Gain advanced understanding of human factors and situational awareness to enhance effective communication, and timely intervention, within the healthcare team.

Our Presenter:

DR PAULA FORAN

PhD., R.N., FACORN, FACPAN

Dr. Paula Foran has a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education & Training awarded from the University of Melbourne, a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training, a Master Degree in professional education and training and has received her Ph.D. for her doctoral thesis, “The Value of Guided Operating Theatre Experience for Undergraduate Nurses”, undertaken at Deakin University.

Paula has a number of publications and book chapters to her credit, & has been a guest speaker, and presented Keynote presentations at National & International Conferences. Paula has been awarded the ‘Most Popular Presenter’ for her keynote address at the International Collaboration of Perianaesthesia Nurses (ICPAN) and presented at the ICPAN (International Collaboration of PeriAnaesthesia Nurses) conference in Cancun, Mexico 2019.

Paula Foran

Dr. Paula Foran has a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education & Training awarded from the University of Melbourne, a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training, a Master Degree in professional education and training and has received her Ph.D. for her doctoral thesis, “The Value of Guided Operating Theatre Experience for Undergraduate Nurses”, undertaken at Deakin University.

Paula has a number of publications and book chapters to her credit, has been a guest speaker, and presented Keynote presentations at National & International Conferences. Paula has been awarded the ‘Most Popular Presenter’ for her keynote address at the International Collaboration of Perianaesthesia Nurses (ICPAN) and presented at the ICPAN (International Collaboration of PeriAnaesthesia Nurses) conference in Cancun, Mexico 2019.

Paula was recently awarded the ‘Best Oral Presentation’ award at the European Operating Room Nurses (EORNA) conference in The Hague.

Paula is currently a unit co-ordinator of two master level subjects with The University of Tasmania, is a senior lecturer for Critical Care Education Services, the National Education Officer for the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN). and was the ‘Chief Examiner’ for Perianaesthesia nursing in Australia until 2018 with the Australian College of Perianaesthesia Nurses.

She is a delightfully relaxed and humorous presenter.

The Program:

Self-directed learning – Pre-reading

In order to understand abnormal or altered respiratory function, it is vital to understand the process of normal respiration. Pre-reading is essential prior to the conference to refresh your understanding of how the respiratory system functions. This will then allow greater learning and better long-term knowledge being achieved from the ‘face to face’ sessions at the conference.

Whilst respiratory conditions, treatment and management have altered significantly in the past few years, the concepts of respiratory physiology have remained unchanged.

From any basic anatomy and physiology text, please review the chapter on ‘The Respiratory System’.  This should guide you through the anatomy of the respiratory system, and then information about how normal inspiration and expiration occur.

DAY ONE: 15 October 2022 | Depart Seattle, Washington

1630: Make sure you are up on deck to be a part of the “setting sail” festivities as we say farewell to the port.

Time and Venue: TBA | Conference Welcome and Registration Function

Enjoy this opportunity to mingle with the other attendees at the complimentary drinks and Conference Registration function.

All delegates are required to attend the conference registration session in order to collect their conference pack & confirm registration details to ensure the correct issuing of their CPD certificate.

DAY TWO: 16 October 2022 | At Sea | Conference Day

0830 – 0930

Case history from the coroner’s court

This presentation will set the scene by providing a case from the coroner’s court on how poor respiratory assessment and management saw the tragic death of an Australian man in his early thirties’ whilst an inpatient in an Australian hospital. It will highlight the vital importance of thorough respiratory observations (despite them being the most commonly neglected observation3). 

    0930 – 1030

    Human factors and situational awareness 

    Poor human factors and situational awareness are considered to be the biggest cause of adverse events. Human factors may be defined as the environmental, organisational and job factors, and human and individual characteristics which influence behaviour at work in a way which can affect health and safety 4. ‘Situational Awareness’ is the ability to identify, process, and comprehend the critical elements of information about what is happening to the team with regards to the mission. More simply, it’s knowing what is going on around you2.

      1030 – 1100

      Break 

        1100 – 1200

        Respiratory Assessment 

        This presentation will discuss respiratory assessment looking at, overall patient assessment (such as colour, peripheral return), vital signs (including pulse oximetry), work of breathing and available results.

          1200 – 1400

          Lunch

            1400 – 1700

            Common Respiratory Conditions and Airway Obstructions  

            This presentation will include, asthma, bronchoconstriction/bronchospasm, laryngeal spasm, Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease (COPD), post intubation croup.

              DAY THREE:  17 October 2022 | Juneau, Alaska

              1330 – 2300

              Explore this port of call at your leisure

              Juneau’s lively downtown is compact, easy to navigate on foot and always a favourite with visitors. Within easy walking distance of the cruise ship docks are many of Juneau’s main attractions, including the state capitol building, Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, several museums and historic South Franklin Street, where turn-of-the-century buildings today are gift shops, restaurants and pubs.

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              0900 – 1200

              An introduction to reading and understanding blood gas analysis made simple!

              If you have ever been bamboozled by the interpretation of blood gas results, this presentation will simplify this process by stepping you through a systematic approach.

                DAY FOUR: 18 October 2022 | Skagway, Alaska

                0700 – 2015

                Explore this Port of Call at your Leisure

                Today Skagway survives almost entirely on tourism, as bus tours and more than 400 cruise ships a year turn this small town into a boomtown again every summer. Up to five ships a day stop here and, on the busiest days, more than 8,000 visitors — 10 times the town’s resident population — march off the ships and turn Broadway Avenue into a modern-day version of the Klondike Gold Rush.

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                CPD HOURS: 3

                Blood Gas Analysis (Self-directed Activity Available via the Online Library)

                Complete a worksheet on Blood Gas Analysis

                  CPD HOURS: 3

                  Just a Routine Operation (Self-directed Activity Available via the Online Library)

                  Watch the video on ‘Just a routine operation’ and complete the workbook questions.  

                  DAY FIVE: 19 October 2022 | Glacier Bay, Alaska

                  Make sure you get a great seat as we cruise Glacier Bay

                  With its spectacular glaciers and abundance of marine wildlife, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve has become the crown jewel in the itinerary of many cruise-ship and independent travellers. The bay features seven tidewater glaciers that spill out of the mountains and deposit icebergs of all shapes, sizes and shades of blue into the ocean.

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                  1330 – 1430

                  Oxygen therapy – The great debate!

                  Currently, there is great debate on the value, and or harm of giving oxygen routine therapy (as we would have seen over time). This presentation will look at all of the discussions around this debate and provide an understanding of how to negotiate appropriate patient care.

                    1430 – 1530

                    High Flow Nasal Oxygen

                    Humidified oxygen via a high flow nasal cannula (HFNC) is a form of supplemental oxygen therapy that has significant theoretical advantages over conventional oxygen therapy (COT). Finding suggested that in most studies, HFNC was associated with superior comfort and patient tolerance as compared to non-invasive ventilation (NIV) or COT .

                      1530 – 1600

                      Break 

                        1600 – 1700

                        Other conditions that cause respiratory complications – Anaphylaxis

                        One of the common features of anaphylaxis is bronchospasm. This presentation will discuss different presentations of anaphylaxis, treatment and management of this life-threatening condition. 

                          Day SIX: 20 October 2022 | Ketchikan, Alaska

                          0700 – 1315

                          Explore this port of call at your leisure

                          Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s “first city” due to its location at the southern tip of the Inside Passage – it is the first city you reach as you cruise north, and for many visitors, their first introduction to the beauty and majesty of Alaska.

                            1500 – 1600

                            Other conditions that cause respiratory complications – Obstructive Sleep Apnoea 

                            Given that the number of bariatric patients is expected to increase over time, so too will metabolic syndrome and obstructive sleep apnoea. This presentation will assist in the diagnosis of previously unknown cases, and the treatment of this condition.

                              1600 – 1700

                              Aerosolising Procedures in Flu / Pandemic 

                              This presentation will provide an overview of flu pandemics (Spanish flu, SARS and Covid-19) and discuss the risks to healthcare workers of acquiring these aerosolising infections. It will also provide future preventative measures. 

                              DAY Seven: 21 October 2022 | Victoria, British Colombia 

                              0830 – 0930

                              Airway Management in Resuscitation 

                              Airway management can be difficult, but this may be increased during an emergency situation such as a cardiac arrest. This presentation will present airway management options to aid in understanding and confidence.

                              0930 – 1030

                              Unexpected Endotracheal Intubation and How to Assist in this Procedure

                              This practical demonstration will teach you how to assist with intubation during a cardiac arrest.

                              1030 – 1200

                              Putting it all Together

                              The final presentation will provide an overview of learnings from the past few days and answer any final questions that have emerged during the conference. Includes a review of the workbook activities and any questions.

                              1700 – 1800

                              Conference Farewell Reception | Venue: TBA

                              Take this opportunity to enjoy a complimentary Drinks and Canapes function as the conference draws to a close and we say farewell to new friends and colleagues – safe travels home..

                              1900 – 2359

                              Take the Evening to explore Victoria

                              Victoria, capital of British Columbia, is located on the southern end of Vancouver Island. You can see it’s British colonial past in its Victorian architecture, including the iconic Craigdarroch Castle mansion. But don’t let this fool you into thinking it is stuck in the past as Victoria is also known for its hip nightlife and amazing restaurant scene.

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                              Day EIGHT: 22 October 2022 | Arrive Seattle

                              Disembark – safe travels!

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                              Conference Registration Cost – $1090.00

                              Costs and Inclusions

                              • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice
                              • Education content that meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program
                              • Conference Presenters that are recognised experts in their field and are excited to be able to share their skill, knowledge, and passion with Conference Attendees
                              • An online Conference library filled to the brim with educational content that allows you to create your own learning experience by completing pre-conference education activities
                              • A Registration Reception including complimentary drinks where you can meet other Conference Attendees and network with Conference Convenors and Conference Presenter/s
                              • Editable electronic note pages that can be downloaded to your device of choice (device not included)
                              • A Conference pack that includes a notepad, pen, lanyard (this is important on a cruise ship to attach your room key which becomes your lifeline on a ship) and additional information to support a fantastic Conference experience
                                The opportunity to meet as a group in various Conference open forums, in one of the many fabulous locations on the ship
                              • A complimentary Farewell Drinks and Canapes Function held on the last night of the Conference to celebrate new friendships and information gained
                              • A Conference Transcript that identifies each session held at the Conference including the session synopsis and session presenter
                              • A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours attached to the Conference Program for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio

                              What’s not Included:

                              • Travel costs
                              • Cabin costs
                              • Travel Insurance

                              What you don’t have to worry about:

                              • Housework
                              • Cooking Meals
                              • The Boss

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