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Recognising & Responding to Clinical Deterioration 29 May
From: 28/05/2019 22:15 PM
To: 29/05/2019 06:30 AM

Event Details


Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration

with Simon Plapp from St Vincent's Hospital

(RN, BHSc, Post Grad Dip (ICU), M. Hlth Ethics, MACCCN)

Wednesday 29th May 2019

8.15 am Registration

8.30 am – 4.30 pm


$52.00 Registration

$26.00 Graduate Nurses and Students

Lunch and refreshments provided


WDHS staff are to complete the Registration Form for this day as well as Request to Attend Professional Development Activities Form available on the intranet.

About This Course

There has been a recent emphasis placed on hospitals by governing bodies overseeing delivery of health care to improve processes of detection and response to patients who show signs of clinical deterioration It has been widely reported that there is a consistent trend of identifiable ‘triggers’ (clues) indicating that patients were clinically deteriorating for significant periods prior to a “Code Blue” being called. Most notably these were in relation to;

  • Changes in Neurological Status (unresponsive)
  • Respiratory deterioration (SpO2 <90% and/or changes in RR / pattern)
  • Cardiovascular compromise (SBP <90 systolic, HR >130 or <40, & chest pain).

A key challenge for any hospital is to ensure that patients at risk of critical illness or a serious adverse event receives appropriate and timely care. To ensure this occurs, it is incumbent on staff working in these areas to continually maintain and update their knowledge and skills.

This course has been designed to enhance the professional development of nurses working in acute clinical settings who may be faced with pts who show signs of clinical deterioration.

It is perfectly suited for ANY nurse needing to refresh their knowledge & skills.


Course Facilitator : Mr Simon Plapp, (RN, BHSc., Post Grad Dip (ICU), M.Hlth Ethics. MACCCN) has extensive experience as an ICU Educator and simplifies complex topics in a thought provoking and entertaining manner, using clever analogies and interactive teaching strategies. He is currently working as an Education Consultant to various hospitals and is Victoria’s Representative on the ARC representing the ACCCN





The importance of recognizing signs of deterioration and using observation charts and ISBAR communication tool

Assessing & Managing the Unconscious pt.

Assessment  & Management of Respiratory Failure


·        Applying respiratory physiology to clinical practice

·        Understanding respiratory pathophysiology

·        Physical Assessment (incl. auscultation &  SpO2 monitoring)

·        Appropriate use of O2 therapy, latest evidence and new O2 therapy devices


Cardio Vascular Assessment


·        Managing Low Blood Pressure & Shock

·        The importance of recognising sepsis and assessing signs of multi organ failure


Clinical scenarios – putting it all together

*Course content subject to slight variations



Please Note:


  • There is NO smoking allowed on any campus of Western District Health Service
  • The temperature in our centre runs at 20º C. Please dress to suit this temperature – bring a jacket/warm top. 
  • Parking is available on Foster St (avoid 2 hour parks) and Kitchener St

For further information, please contact Chris McGennisken on 55518266 or chris.mcgennisken@wdhs.net