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The deteriorating patient, respiratory and cardiac assessment

Posted Saturday 29 January 2022 | Education at Sea

In this Conference, the Nurses for Nurses Network (NFNN) will explore the significance of advanced respiratory assessment by a Registered Nurse/Paramedic. 

NFNN will examine the chest landmarks and demonstrate the auscultation technique. The general respiratory assessment of a deteriorating patient with respiratory compromise will be explained.

NFNN will also explore a variety of uncommon respiratory disorders which many of which are life-threatening.

Chest auscultation, interpretation of chest x-rays and interpretation of arterial blood gases will be explained in an easy to follow format with clinical hints and scenarios.

The second focus of the conference will be aimed at empowering all nurses to perform expert clinical assessment of a patient deteriorating with cardiac disorders.

Two vital subjects will be addressed at length – interpretation of 12 lead ECG’s and life-threatening Long QT interval syndrome – with time allowed for exercises and workbooks. Cardiac auscultation will be demonstrated and the link to deterioration and scenarios will be explained.

“The importance of expert nurses being able to interpret deterioration in ABG samples not only in the  critical care and ED but also the ward cannot be underestimated.”

You will learn 

  • How to recognise a patient deteriorating with a respiratory disorder or condition.
  • How to recognise a patient deteriorating with a cardiac disorder.
  • How to interpret deterioration of a monitored patient.
  • Interesting respiratory conditions such as silicosis, psittacosis and, legionnaires disease, COVID-19, and the deadly emerging C.auris.
  • How to read a chest x-ray.
  • The presentation on the chest x-ray of a variety of disorders such as heart failure, pneumothorax, pneumonia, and placement of various catheters.
  • Of Becks Triad and relate to the deteriorating patient with a pericardiac effusion.
  • The anatomy of the lung fields, examining the lobes and landmarks for auscultation.
  • How to auscultate both the lungs and the heart.
  • The significance of a post-operative patient who develops crackles and shortness of breath.
  • The assessment of a patient who is developing life-threatening anaphylaxis.
  • The effects of Illicit drugs on the heart.
  • How syncope or mild fitting can be misdiagnosed and relate this to the LQT interval syndrome.
  • The vital role ward nurses have in managing a patient after an antidepressant overdose and the required knowledge of all nurses in this serious disorder of long QT.
  • The difference between ruptured aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection.
  • The assessment of chest pain in a pregnant woman or in the post-partum period.
  • How to perform the clinical assessment of a collapsed patient.
  • The ANZCORs Resuscitation guidelines relating to PEA cardiac arrest.
  • The common arrhythmia associated with a post-op haemorrhage or trauma.
  • First aid technique of a patient with snake bites.
  • The effects of venom from the three common dangerous snakes in Australia.

Conference learning outcomes

In this conference you will:

  • discuss the general respiratory assessment of a deteriorating patient with respiratory compromise
  • explore the general cardiac assessment of a deteriorating patient with cardiac compromise
  • gain expert knowledge and skills in the interpretation of arrhythmias and 12-lead ECG
  • investigate communication skills and tips that will obtain immediate action for your patient from other members of the health care team.


Anne has a passion for teaching which she does in an unpretentious way that ensures you will not only understand and retain what she presents but will enjoy this learning experience. She has extensive experience of over 26 years lecturing for Gold Coast Health District and Griffith University.

Currently, she is a guest lecturer at Bond University medical school. Anne is a frequent presenter at workshops, conferences, and seminars throughout Australia and New Zealand on subjects such as high dependency nursing, cardiac arrhythmias and ECG interpretation, chest x-rays interpretation, clinical assessment of the deteriorating patient, assertion training and leadership. She conducts accredited advanced life support training for nurses, doctors, and paramedics.

Anne has a passionate commitment to empower all clinical staff through increased awareness and knowledge of the critically ill patient’s condition so that timely intervention is implemented, which will benefit patient outcomes.

She is the author of three books; “ECGs Simply”, “Interpretation of Chest X-rays Simply”, and ‘Uncomplicating Life, Simply’. Her ECG book is a textbook sold in many universities in Australia.

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