This course presents an overview of implementing triage principles in residential aged care facilities (RACF) based on case scenarios. The program covers recognising urgent and non-urgent symptoms and how to prioritise symptoms commonly seen among aged care residents. Scenarios include chest pain, falls, decreased oral fluid intake, breathing difficulties, confusion and others.
Acute assessment training using ISBAR communication tool and Glasgow coma scale is also extensively covered.
There is an increasing number of frail and elderly people requiring care in residential aged care facilities.1
Many of these individuals are vulnerable to episodes of acute deterioration in health, with up to 75% of residents experiencing an unplanned transfer to hospital emergency departments each year.1
Identifying residents at higher risk of these transfers and improving the management of deteriorations in health can help improve the quality of acute care for this population.1
The deteriorating aged care resident: training for aged care staff includes a guide to:2
- Quick assessment of the situation
- Ensuring safety for the staff member, resident and bystanders
- Sending for help, if appropriate
This approach, together with a series of subsequent steps, are presented in this comprehensive 2-hour learning program, which has been developed in conjunction with Sydney North Primary Health Network.
1 Dwyer R, Stoelwinder J, Gabbe B, Lowthian J. Unplanned Transfer to Emergency Departments for Frail Elderly Residents of Aged Care Facilities: A Review of Patient and Organizational Factors. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2015;16(7):551-62.
2 Australian Resuscitation Council, New Zealand Resuscitation Council. ANZCOR guideline 2 - managing an emergency. 2016.
After completing this education module, participants will have increased confidence in:
- Performing an acute assessment of a deteriorating resident (ABCDEFG)
- Identifying symptoms that require immediate action
- Using the flip chart and actioning urgent care as appropriate
- Communicating relevant information to other health practitioners
- Angela Bowman, MBChB, MRCP
- James Edward Hardy, MBBS, BA (Hons), FRACP
- Therese Jepson, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Aged Care Rapid Response Team, Ryde/Hunters Hill
- Jo Lange, Clinical Nurse Consultant, BRACE Team, Mona Vale
- Emma Floyd, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Aged Care Rapid Response Team, Royal North Shore Hospital
- Nadia Yazdani, Clinical Nurse Consultant, GRACE
- Stephen Ginsborg, General Practitioner
- Seonaid Beaumont, Registered Nurse
The program is expected to take participants approximately 2 hour to complete, depending on their pace. Proof of participation statements become available once all requirements are successfully completed.
Participants who successfully complete all requirements will receive a printable Program Certificate or Statement of Completion.
Accreditation expires: December 31, 2019