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7h CPD

Recognising and responding to clinical deterioration (RRCD)

Registered NurseRegistered MidwifeEnrolled Nurse


There has been an emphasis placed on hospitals’ governing bodies overseeing delivery of health care to improve processes of recognising and response to patients who show signs of clinical deterioration (Standard 8). Most notably these were in relation to:

  • changes in neurological status (unresponsive)
  • respiratory deterioration (SpO2 <90% or changes in RR)
  • cardiovascular compromise (SBP <90 systolic, HR >130 or <40)
  • worried (often identified as sepsis).

This course has been designed to enhance the professional development of nurses working in acute clinical settings who may be faced with patients who show signs of clinical deterioration, required to initiate a MET call or communicate with a doctor.

Program includes:

  • Observations, documentation, communication (ISBAR and the MET response)
  • Assessing and managing the unconscious patient
  • Assessment and management of respiratory failure (including COVID-19)
  • Appropriate use of O2 therapy, latest evidence and new O2 therapy devices
  • Cardiovascular assessment – BP disorders and HR changes
  • Sepsis – definition and pathophysiology of SIRS, sepsis and septic shock
  • Sepsis – assessment (including multi-organ failure assessment), case studies and management

It is perfectly suited for any nurse (or undergraduate) needing to refresh their knowledge and assessment skills.

Course Facilitator
Mr Simon Plapp (RN, BHSc., Post Grad Dip (ICU), Dip Ed, M.Hlth Ethics) 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 Vice President of the Australian Resuscitation Council (Vic Branch).               

Member $200, Non-member $280, Job Rep $190

 Date Venue Sessions
 Fri, 02 Sep 2022 ANMF Melbourne Start Date: 02/09/2022 09:00:00 am
End Date: 02/09/2022 16:30:00 pm
Venue: ANMF Melbourne Presenter: Simon Plapp