Caring for the critically ill

Senior doctors will share their knowledge and skills with nurses and doctors from across Australia at this week’s ‘Care of the critically ill surgical patient’ (CCrISP) course.

The course will assist doctors in developing a range of clinical skills for managing critically ill patients.Many of the senior doctors providing the teaching live and work in Bendigo and it’s a great accolade for the city to host the CCrISP course, as they are normally only held in capital cities.

The course will assist doctors in developing a range of clinical skills for managing critically ill patients using a number of ‘real life’ clinical scenarios and simulation exercises. The course will be held at La Trobe Rural Health School’s new Clinical Teaching building, in state-of-the-art nursing and midwifery simulation laboratories.

La Trobe Rural Health School's new clinical teaching facilities

Dr Les Fitzgerald, Head of Rural Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe Rural Health School said that he is very proud of the new nursing and midwifery clinical learning laboratories.

“These facilities enable us to provide students, registered nurses and midwives with high quality clinical simulation experiences and the ability to video, review and develop their responses to clinical events and situations, in a safe environment.

“We are already receiving enquiries from hospitals across the region to use these areas for continuing professional development, which is exactly what we want, to support excellence in clinical practice.

“We have been able to host and be part of this course because of close working relationships with our colleagues at St John of God Hospital, Bendigo Health and Monash University Rural Clinical School. This will be the first of what we hope will be many interdisciplinary uses of our state-of-the art equipment and facilities,” said Dr Fitzgerald.

The course is run by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, with the emphasis on small group teaching and hands on training and runs for three days from Friday February 8.


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