Comment on Report of the Auditor General – Performance of Tasmania’s four major hospitals in the delivery of Emergency Department services

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CENA comment on Report of the Auditor General – Performance of Tasmania’s four major hospitals in the delivery of

Emergency Department services

 May 2019

Last month the Auditor General released a report on the Performance of Tasmania’s four major hospitals in the delivery of Emergency Department services.  The report can be found at this link https://www.audit.tas.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/Report-No11-Emergency-Department-Services-Full-Report.pdf

CENA believes that there are many positive aspects to the healthcare model in Tasmania, however, as with any healthcare system, there are opportunities for improvement and several items raised in the Auditor-General’s report are certainly in harmony with concerns previously raised by the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) and its members. The CENA Tasmanian branch has previously made a submission to the Legislative Council’s Inquiry into Acute Health Services in Tasmania (which echoes many similar points raised in this current report by the Tasmanian Audit Office) and are looking forward to the Legislative Council’s final report. All four major public hospitals in Tasmania are facing the same challenges such as access block, ED crowding, ambulance ramping, increasing patient acuity, reduced access to other services such as mental health and difficulty with recruitment and retention of nursing staff – and these challenges also impact on the emergency care that can be provided in the smaller district hospitals and other services.

CENA supports the position of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine in relation to the Auditor General’s report and agree that engagement with both nursing and medical leaders will be critical to improving patient outcomes. Any sustainable changes to be made to improve access to emergency care and ultimately improve the Tasmanian health care system will require a long-term nonpartisan commitment from all key stakeholders.

As the peak professional organisation representing emergency nurses in Australia, CENA is committed to working with the key stakeholders to drive improvement. CENA believes it is important to continue to hold our healthcare system to high operational and practice standards that protects emergency nurses, doctors, administrative and support staff and other healthcare workers and ensures ongoing safety, improvements and outcomes for patients and the communities we serve. Emergency nurses have always been and continue to be committed to providing safe and high-quality patient care despite the current challenges of the health care system.

For additional information please contact CENA.

03 6231 2722

national@cena.org.au

Please click HERE to read the CENA Statement

Please click HERE to read Submission to the Legislative Council Government Administration

Improving outcomes for people with acute mental illness in the emergency department

Improving outcomes for people with acute mental illness in the emergency department

This is a NHMRC funded study. We are seeking expressions of interest from CENA members willing to provide their expert perspective on interventions that can be delivered to people with mental health problems in the ED. Additional information is in the invitation and Participant Information Sheet/Consent form.

Participant Information Sheet

Professor Julia Crilly
Department of Emergency Medicine
Gold Coast University Hospital

Assess the frequency of stress and identify the most common factors that contribute to stress for emergency department nurses in New South Wales

You are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Ali Alomari, Master of Research Student at Western Sydney University, under the Supervision of Dr Nathan Wilson, Dr Leanne Hunt, and Dr James Collison.

The research is aiming to assess the frequency of stress and identify the most common factors that contribute to stress for emergency department nurses in New South Wales (NSW) of Australia. In addition, this research is intending to identify the coping strategies that emergency department nurses use to minimise stress.

You will need 30-45 minutes to finish the survey.

Please use the link below to access the survey

https://surveyswesternsydney.au1.qualtrics.com/…/SV_82ZFk7n…

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact the supervisor of the project, Dr Nathan J Wilson n.wilson@westernsydney.edu.au.

Thanks and kind regards

Ali Alomari

Forensic nursing education program for interpersonal violence related presentations

What is the project about?

This research project will investigate the understanding and use of forensic principles in emergency care settings across Australia and determine if an online education program will help nurses identify and implement forensic principles.

 

What will I be asked to do?

If you consent to take part in this research study, you will be asked to participate in an online survey, through Survey Monkey to provide your professional opinion regarding information that should be included in a forensic nursing education program. The survey will take approximately up to 20 minutes. The project involves developing a forensic nursing online learning program for emergency settings, and to determine if there has been a benefit to patient care following its completion.

Click the link below to participate in the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VW73S8M

 

Melanie Brown

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate
School of Nursing and Midwifery
University of Notre Dame
Ph 0773 648 358
melanie.brown1@my.nd.edu.au

Unusual but important ECG signs you need to know – December 3rd

Unusual but important ECG signs you need to know – December 3rd

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognise the diverse range of abnormalities for ECG recording
  • Have acquired a methodical approach to accurate 12-lead ECG recording
  • To identify the different clinical manifestations of abnormal ECGs
  • Practised interpreting and communicating the appearance of abnormal ECGs
Hour of Power – Artlines/Pacing – October 8th

Hour of Power – Artlines/Pacing – October 8th

Learning Outcomes:

  • Have the knowledge and skills necessary to care for a patient with an arterial line
  • Detect and prevent potential complications associated with an arterial line
  • Outline the steps to safely care for a patient with an arterial line
  • Describe the indications and contraindications for cardiac pacing
  • Outline the safe application of transcutaneous pacing
  • Recognise  the complications associated with cardiac pacing
Anaphylaxis anxiety – Calming the nerves – September 3rd

Anaphylaxis anxiety – Calming the nerves – September 3rd

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore the structured assessment of the patient with anaphylaxis in the Emergency Department
  • Review clinical cases that present to ED’s
  • Describe and apply up-to-date knowledge in the area of anaphylaxis and allergy management

 

Bloodborne infections in the ED – July 9th

Bloodborne infections in the ED – July 9th

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore the reasons for a patient presenting to the ED with blood borne infection
  • Discuss critical decision-making in the evaluation of a patient with a suspected blood borne infection
  • Understand the use and role of medication to assist in the treatment of these disease states
  • Describe the considerations in special populations of patients with a suspected blood borne infection

 

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