These modules have been developed to prevent “skill rusting” by providing clinical education for those remote, rural and isolated health professionals who require clinical knowledge and support until they are able attend a REC/AREC course.
Cost $19 — $69 per module or $199 for the suite.1) 12 Lead ECG
This module has been compiled to assist the remote and rural Health Practitioner in gaining theoretical knowledge in interpreting 12 Lead ECG’s. Packages 1 — 6 cover:
- 12 Leads (Lead Groups — Identify the groups on a 12 Lead ECG)
- Blood Supply (Coronary Arteries — Relate these groups to coronary artery anatomy)
- Myocardial Changes (Ischaemia & MI Changes — Recognise the changes caused by ischaemia, injury and infarction)
- Axis Determination (Axis Determination — Determine the electrical cardiac axis using the quadrant and hexaxial systems)
- Bundle Branch Block (Normal Conduction & Bundle Branch Block — Recognise the normal cardiac conduction pathway — Identify right and left bundle branch block)
- Chamber Enlargement (Recognise atrial and ventricular chamber enlargement)
2) Airway Management
This module gives a brief overview of anatomy and physiology of airways and breathing in relation to airway management adjuncts including:
- Contraindication and precautions
- Patient preparation
3) Arrhythmia Interpretation
This module has been compiled to assist the remote and rural Health Practitioner in gaining the theoretical knowledge to interpret arrhythmias. Packages 1- 6 cover:
- Identify waveforms of an ECG
- Identify five types of sinus arrhythmias, list the causes and treatment
- Identify five types of atrial arrhythmias, list the causes and treatment
- Identify three types of junctional rhythms, list the causes and treatment
- Identify four types of atrioventricular blocks, the causes and treatment
- Identify six types of ventricular, list the causes and treatment
4) Chest Pain Assessment
This module has been compiled to assist the remote and rural Health Practitioner in gaining the theoretical knowledge on managing a patient presenting with chest pain. It is anticipated that on completion of the package you will be able to:
- Assess patients with chest pain
- Identify differential diagnoses for chest pain
- Identify sequence of events in admitting a patient with chest pain
- Understand the different cardiac pathways and management
5) Clinical Deterioration
Recognition of clinical deterioration, followed by prompt response is associated with a lower level of intervention to stabilise patients and reduced adverse events. Effective recognition and response to deterioration requires defined observation parameters, trained staff, appropriate equipment, policies, escalation protocol, communication and rapid response. This module takes you through the process of early recognition to support the learner through to initiating a response for a deteriorating patient
- To understand the significance and the consequences of altered observations and the underlying physiology
- To recognise and interpret abnormal values
- To assess and match “observations” to the patient’s condition in line with local charts and protocols
- To understand that timely communication and escalation when clinical deterioration is identified is important
This module takes the remote and rural Health Practitioner through defibrillation use, care and safety precautions to support the learner through the application of a defibrillator during a cardiac arrest.
7) Interpretation of Blood Results Including Arterial Blood Gases
This module has been compiled to assist the remote and rural health practitioner in gaining the theoretical knowledge in interpreting common blood results impacting on the management of patient outcomes in the disease process. It is anticipated that on completion of the package you will be able to:
- Identify the most common blood results and their impact on patient health outcomes
- Urea and Electrolytes
- Liver Function Tests
- Lipase and Amylase
- C‑Reactive Protein and Fasting Glucose Level
- Full Blood Count
- Arterial Blood Gases (ABG’s)
- Define what constitutes an acid and a base
- Describe the 3 regulatory systems of acid-base balance
- List respiratory/metabolic causes of acid-base derangement
- Interpret ABG results
This module has been compiled to assist the remote and rural Health Practitioner in gaining the theoretical knowledge on insertion of an intravenous cannula. At the completion of this package the participant will be able to:
- Describe the anatomy and physiology of the vascular system
- List the indications for IV therapy
- Identify potential complications of IV therapy
- Utilise appropriate nursing measures to prevent complications and propose solutions to any complication of IV therapy
- Outline the aims of patient education regarding the procedure and subsequent therapy
- Accurately conducts a patient history and assessment prior to commencing therapy
- Demonstrate an understanding of the legal issues relating to Health Practitioners performing IV cannulation
9) Intravenous Narcotic Pain Relief
This module has been compiled to assist the remote and rural Health Practitioner in gaining the theoretical knowledge of Intravenous Narcotic administration and management of patient receiving the same.
It is anticipated that on completion of the package you will be able to:
- Assess a patient with pain and understand the physiological aspects
- Care for a patient undergoing IV Narcotic pushes.
- Undertake general nursing care, observation of pain and the effectiveness of the treatment involved, monitor for side effects and complications of therapy implementing emergency intervention if necessary.
10) Non Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation
This module has been compiled to assist the remote and rural Health Practitioner in developing knowledge concerning Non Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NIPPV) and patient management. On completion of this topic outline, the participant will be able to:
- Discuss pathophysiology of normal ventilation.
- Identify the indications and contraindications for non- invasive ventilation.
- Discuss the principles of both CPAP and Bi PAP.
- Identify different equipment used to deliver CPAP/BiPAP in a clinical setting including the circuit assembly and typical settings.
- Describe the care of a patient receiving non-invasive ventilation.
- Discuss complications of non-invasive ventilation and how they may be recognised.
This module has been compiled to assist the remote and rural Health Practitioner in gaining the theoretical knowledge on plastering techniques for common fractures. On the completion of this package the learner will have increased their knowledge of plastering by understanding the:
- Pathophysiology of common fractures of upper & lower limbs.
- Signs and symptoms of common fractures of upper & lower limbs.
- Neurovascular assessment of upper & lower limbs.
- Principles of fracture management & casting.
- Complications of casting.
- Principles of cast removal.
This module has been compiled to assist the rural and remote Health Practitioner in gaining the theoretical knowledge to carry out simple suturing and alternative wound closure. On the completion of this package the learner will have increased their knowledge of Wound Closure and Suturing by:
- Defining the purpose of suturing.
- Outlining the principles of wound healing and simple suturing.
- Describing the assessment of the patient and the wound prior to considering the use of sutures.
- Describing alternative methods of wound closure.
- Discussing the appropriate use of suture materials and equipment.
- Demonstrate an ability to assess wounds.
- Demonstrate an ability to infiltrate local anaesthetic.
- Discuss the legal implications related to suturing.