ED Nurses Vent and Haemodynamics Workshop

This post captures some of the resources discussed in the ED Nurses Vent and Haemodynamic Monitoring workshop at Redcliffe Hospital. These resources are high quality FOAM and can help with expanding upon the learning and piqued curiosity from the workshop. Happy self-directed learning.

Pro-tip on organising and capturing your CPD activities: Keep a portfolio. Quite simply, document your intended personal learning objective; identify a high quality resource that addresses this (article, workshop, conference); document a reflection on your achieved personal learning outcome. For a comprehensive overview of a Nursing Professional Portfolio head to this guide from the ACN. My newly discovered resource for keeping track of CPD portfolio is this great app from Ausmed Education.


Arterial lines, central lines and haemodynamic monitoring

Quick snapshot on Arterial lines – http://lifeinthefastlane.com/ccc/arterial-line/

Literally the whole chapter on Haemodynamic Monitoring, an amazing resource – http://www.derangedphysiology.com/main/core-topics-intensive-care/haemodynamic-monitoring

arterial pressure waveform

Image from Deranged Physiology


Acute Respiratory Failure

Medscape emedicine overview of Respiratory Failure – http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/167981-overview

British Thoracic Society Guidelines for a host of diseases, diagnoses and therapies in ARF – https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/standards-of-care/guidelines/


Non-Invasive Ventilation

NIV Clinical Practice Guidelines – http://www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/239740/ACI14_Man_NIV_1-2.pdf

Q&A format NIV for the criitcally ill patient from LITFL – http://lifeinthefastlane.com/non-invasive-ventilation/

LIFTL Critical Care Compendium NIV – http://lifeinthefastlane.com/ccc/non-invasive-ventilation-niv/

Great 5 minute overview of NIV


Rapid Sequence Induction/Intubation

RSI Checklist Podcast and host of resources – https://emcrit.org/podcasts/intubation-checklist-2-0/

The Vortex Approach : a unique and systematic approach to safe emergency airway management – http://vortexapproach.org/

Nice overview of indications for RSI

RSI Dump Sheet adapted from KI Docs


Post-Intubation Care

The go-to package for post-intubation, EMCrit – https://emcrit.org/podcasts/post-intubation-package/


Mechanical Ventilation

For those that want EVERYTHING, here is the chapter from Deranged Physiology – http://www.derangedphysiology.com/main/core-topics-intensive-care/mechanical-ventilation-0

Don’t forget the importance of alarm settings – CritIQ video

A huge suite of brilliant videos from Respiratory Review – The Principles of Mechanical Ventilation

A short lecture on basic ventilator settings using the Hamilton T1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOt4nMrJgww

Hamilton T1 online settings simulator – https://www.hamilton-medical.com/.static/HAMILTON-T1/start.html


The Crashing Ventilated Patient

This is a brilliant lecture with some good mental models and mnemonics for assessing and treating the patient who crashes post-intubation

Cardiac Axis – Presentation

I have to say, this was the hardest presentation I have ever delivered. Trying to pitch cardiac axis determination and interpretation at a functional level in the middle of a Cardiac study day. All I can say is thank you very much FOAMed. I took the approach, why try and teach what others relay better. Would definitely suggest checking out the awesome www.ecgteacher.com

No Such Thing as a Well Patient – Presentation

This was an utterly nerve wracking experience. I delivered this presentation as part of a multi-pronged coordinated roll out plan for our hospital Early Warning and Recognition System (track and trigger escalation protocol). Major piece of change management. I delivered this to about 45 managers, directors and senior nursing staff at Nursing Grand Rounds.

I drew a lot of inspiration for this from the excellent works and the philosophy of the Undercover Economist, Tim Harford (@TimHarford on Twitter)

Uppers, Downers & Squeezers – Presentation

Another from the vault of old presentations. Again, a very text heavy ppt (not something I am overly proud of), but intended for other nurse educators to be able to pick up and use and also, the perioperative and ICU staff I delivered this to, requested to keep it as a resource. All references available on request (can’t remember why didn’t upload them)?