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Postoperative Assessment and Monitoring

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
35 minutes
Course Overview

Postoperative assessment and monitoring of patients can prompt escalation of care and prevent a raft of potential surgical complications from occurring. Using a framework can guide your assessment and ensure subtle signs of deterioration are not missed.

  • How should we assess and monitor patients postoperatively?
  • How can an ABCDE approach help to recognise deterioration early?
  • What warning signs should we respond to immediately?




Differences in the capability of individuals to identify and escalate the care of patients who develop complications after surgery is a significant factor in patient adverse outcomes. Frameworks can support postoperative assessment and monitoring to ensure all healthcare professionals can recognise and respond early to potential complications.

There is a timely need for healthcare professionals to gain new knowledge and have existing knowledge reinforced on how a standardised approach to postoperative assessment and monitoring can aid in the early detection of clinical deterioration and reduce adverse patient outcomes.


The purpose of this Course is to reinforce best-practice approaches to postoperative assessment and monitoring to ensure early detection of clinical deterioration in patients who have undergone a surgical intervention.

Learning Outcomes
  • Be better able to recognise potential clinical deterioration in patients postoperatively through the adoption of a standardised approach to assessment and monitoring.
  • Effectively communicate and escalate care accordingly if assessment findings reveal a patient is at risk of clinical deterioration, postoperatively.
Target Audience

This Course is relevant to all registered nurses and other health professionals working in perioperative and general medical/surgical environments who are caring for patients after undergoing surgical interventions.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.




Suzanne Querruel

Suzi Querruel has been working in the perioperative field for the past decade. Her passion lies in perianaesthesia nursing, and she has been seeking to advance the field over the past few years. She is a tutor and lecturer for Western Sydney University [WSU] in the Bachelor of Nursing program and WSU The College in their Academic Pathways Programs. She is the unit coordinator at WSU The College for the subjects 'health communication' and 'skills in health science'. She was previously anaesthetic coordinator at Westmead Private Hospital and also has held sessional nurse educator positions at the Australian College of Nursing, Wesley Health Management, and the University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney University, and the University of Tasmania. She has been a nurse educator for Ausmed Education for the past three years and has collaborated on the program development for the perianaesthesia, perioperative, day surgery, and surgical nursing seminars. She has held the position of national vice president and NSW/ACT president of the Australian Society of Post Anaesthesia & Anaesthesia Nurses [ASPAAN] for two years and has recently seen the transition of ASPAAN to the Australian College of PeriAnaesthesia Nurses [ACPAN]. Suzi holds a bachelor of nursing, graduate diploma in nursing (anaesthetics & PACU), masters of nursing education), certificate IV in workplace training & assessment, and a neuro-linguistic programming [NLP] practitioner certificate. See Educator Profile

Postoperative Assessment and Monitoring
Provider Type
Education Provider
35 minutes
CPD Points
35 minutes of cpd
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