What is the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT)? The CPOT is a behavioural assement pain scale. The CPOT includes evaluation of four different behaviours (facial expressions, body movements, muscle tension, and compliance with the ventilator for mechanically ventilated patients or vocalisation for non-intubated patients) rated on a scale of zero […]

How we do pain assessment: Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool


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Evidence-based nursing. This is the focus of most of the modern nursing discourse (including this blog! Controversy ahead…). In all of nursing’s domains of practice, evidence-base is a hot topic, showing that we are up-to-date, safe, and professional. There’s just one problem. Being ‘evidence-based’ does not mean nursing is any […]

All About That Base? Why Nursing Needs More Than Evidence



Das SMACC – Berlin The Social Media and Critical Care Conference continues to harness the immense energy of FOAM and dasSMACC in Berlin June 26-29 2017 promises to be the best one yet.  Two of the editorial team from Injectable Orange (Ashley and Jesse) are members of the SMACC Organising […]

Das SMACC Program and Ticket Information


If you are a nurse working in any spectrum of the care pathway for the critically ill patient, SMACC is the conference for you. If you have just woken from a coma or stumbled into the world of the interwebs, below is a brief history and taste of things to […]

Thanks for the Craic, Now For DAS SMACC



On July 13th we will be facilitating a super-charged techniques of simulation workshop to some brilliant clinician educators at The Teaching Course Downunder. In order to maximise our 4hrs together, we have curated some of the best FOAM simulation resources available. Learning Objectives 1)      Participants will learn how to identify […]

Goal Directed Simulation at TTC Downunder


This post is a collation of references and resource material from my second presentation in the inaugural Caboolture Redcliffe ICU Sepsis Workshop for nurses. The objective of this session was to work through critical appraisal of 5 prominent critical care trials with particular significance to our practice context. The completely […]

Clinical Trials Worth Knowing – CRICU Sepsis Nursing Workshop