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Trauma Nursing

  • : West Lakes SA 5021


Many nurses will be faced with patients who suffer a physical trauma. Make sure you are confident and up-to-date with best practice in such situations: Attend this seminar to:

  • Improve your primary and secondary assessment skills
  • Review different types of shock and management principles
  • Provide safe care for a patient with spinal trauma
  • Gain evidence-based knowledge to manage of head trauma
  • Find out about trauma and pregnant women, older adults and children
  • Know what to do in a ‘burns’ situation

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Need for Program


Deaths in Australia resulting from trauma are commonly caused by falls, self-harm, unintentional injury and transport accidents. As much as 5% of people hospitalised may result from injuries. Nurses practicing in hospitals, emergency departments, primary health care and rural or remote area nursing, are often the frontline responders or carers of people who suffer such injuries. Rapidly assessing a person with traumatic injury is essential for harm minimisation. In addition, high level clinical decision-making combined with evidence-based knowledge ensures optimum patient care and long term outcomes.

Purpose of Program


The purpose of this seminar is to provide current evidence and underpinning principles of best-practice nursing care for people with a physical trauma.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program it is expected that the participants will be able to:

  • Provide evidence-based trauma nursing care contingent with the capacity and resources of the setting where you practice
  • Correlate underpinning principles of trauma management to the pathophysiology and ‘mechanism of injury’ to achieve the best patient outcomes.
  • Develop and extend skills in primary and secondary survey in relation to a wide range of scenarios to minimise short and long term patient suffering.
  • Confidently prioritise nursing actions when a complex range of trauma situations exist.
  • Schedule Day One

    8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


    Trauma and Emergency in Australia: Setting the Scene

    This first session sets the scene for modern trauma management in an Australian context:

    • Special considerations to take into account when nursing in rural versus metropolitan settings
    • Defining the pre-hospital role and understanding the significance of the 'mechanism of injury'
    • How to prepare to receive a trauma patient
    • Reviewing the nurse's role in trauma care
    • A look at the multidisciplinary team and the different roles within it.

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Essential Components of the Primary Survey

    Initial assessment and management of the person who has suffered a trauma is critical to their outcome and recovery. This session will discuss the rapid systematic primary survey which is based on established frameworks. Case scenarios will be used to demonstrate actions within different contexts. Includes:

    • Cervical spine stabilisation
    • Type of trauma, danger and response
    • A - Airway
    • B - Breathing and oxygenation
    • C - Circulation and bleeding
    • D - Disability and delegating tasks

    12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Secondary Assessment

    Secondary assessment occurs once stabilisation and resuscitation have occurred as required. This session will cover:

    • Head to toe examination
    • History
    • Toys and gadgets
    • Documentation.

    3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Shock and Shock Syndromes: Care and Management

    Shock is a life-threatening condition that requires urgent treatment. This session will explain the different types of shock and give an overview of the management of shock, including haemorrhagic shock, the maintenance of adequate cellular oxygenation and case scenarios.


    Spinal Trauma: When to Apply the Collar

    This session looks at the issue of spinal preservation during traumatic events and the minimisation of neurological damage. It will give an overview of current treatment of spinal trauma and includes the following topics:

    • General guidelines for the initial assessment and nursing management of spinal injury
    • Pathophysiology as the basis of patient assessment findings
    • Spinal shock versus neurogenic shock.

    5:00pm - Close of Day One of Program

    Day Two

    9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


    Head Trauma and Raised Intracranial Pressure

    Head trauma is the leading cause of death in trauma patients. Rapid assessment and management of a patient with head trauma remains the mainstay of prompt and effective treatment. This session will look at:

    • What changes occur in vital signs?
    • Glasgow Coma Scale and relevant documentation
    • The nurse's role in prevention of secondary head injury
    • Intracranial pressure changes.


    Thoracic Trauma

    Maintenance of life relies on organs located in the thoracic cavity. Trauma to this region can be life-threatening; understanding the types of injury that can occur here, along with appropriate and timely management, can be life-saving. This session reviews chest trauma and looks at management priorities. Topics include:

    • Assessing and identifying traumatic chest injuries
    • Priorities in pneumo-haemothorax management
    • How to understand and plan effective pain management strategies for chest injuries.

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Pelvic and Abdominal Trauma

    Pelvic and abdominal trauma can lead to disability and be life-threatening. These presentations are often complex, involving bone and soft tissue injuries to the pelvis and damage to the organs that are encased within. Causes include road traffic injuries, assault, falls and crush injuries. This session will examine the significance of abdominal trauma and the role of the nurse, including:

    • Main classifications of pelvic injuries
    • Assessing a person with a suspected pelvic injury
    • Emergency management procedures for suspected pelvic injury.


    Musculoskeletal Trauma

    This session provides an exploration of the nurse's role regarding extremity trauma, looking at:

    • Assessment and diagnosis in musculoskeletal trauma
    • Special considerations relating to the management of complex fractures
    • How age affects the patterns and severity of musculoskeletal injuries.

    12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Burns and Extreme Thermal Injuries

    Burns can result from a number of environmental causes, such as flames, electricity and chemicals. Hypothermia is also a potentially fatal condition. This session looks at the priorities of care for environmental thermal injuries and includes:

    • Assessment of burn injuries, including burn depth and area
    • Initial management of a thermal injury, including specifics of fluid resuscitation
    • Special considerations in the management of the burns patient
    • Management of patients with hypothermia.


    Trauma in Older Adults

    Older adults who present with trauma require special consideration in a number of areas. This session will examine:

    • Identification of the implications of chronic illness and its management in trauma
    • Pathophysiology as the basis of elder response to trauma
    • How to identify and report trauma caused by elder abuse

    3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Paediatric Trauma

    A brief look at some of the special considerations that nurses need to be aware of when managing children who have sustained trauma, including:

    • Assessing the paediatric patient
    • Key considerations in trauma management of an injured child
    • Life-support considerations.


    Pregnant Women and Trauma

    The changes in a woman's physiology during pregnancy present special challenges to the trauma clinician. This session will explore the importance of understanding these changes in order to effectively treat the pregnant woman, and will cover:

    • Assessment in pregnancy
    • The impact of the growing uterus and aorto-caval compression (supine hypotensive syndrome) on trauma care
    • Domestic violence
    • Medication management in pregnancy.


    Putting it All Together

    This final session will be presented as interactive case studies designed to encourage participants to explore and apply current trauma management principles introduced over the last two days. Participants will be able to contribute to the nursing care of multi-trauma patients in two case studies covering adult and paediatric examples.

    5:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations


    Patricia Lemin

    Patricia Lemin

    Trish Lemin is a Registered Nurse with more than 20 years of emergency experience in pre-hospital, metro and rural settings. Her qualifications include Midwifery and a Masters in Advanced Practice, as well as emergency and education certificates. Prior to commencing her current role in Health Service as a Trauma Nurse Consultant, she worked in dual roles as a Clinical Nurse Educator in ED and a university lecturer specialising in the sciences. She is currently professionally active both clinically and in education, including many modes of multidisciplinary trauma education.

    Trauma Nursing
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    12 hours
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    12 hours
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    West Lakes SA 5021
    The Lakes Resort Hotel Adelaide, 141 Brebner Drive
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