Ideal introduction to this important specialism and will assist in providing evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes. The course will appeal to nurses and allied professionals who are involved in or about to embark Ambulatory Surgical Care (Day Surgery) service development.
"Really useful couple of days! I have come away feeling better equipped to manage a SACU."
"This is a new course as advertised and well worth attending!"
"Great opportunity to share information and improve skills."
Past course delegates, September 2016
Models of surgical ambulatory care services
Environmental and site considerations for creating day surgery
Establishing appropriate support services
Defining suitable surgical procedures
Creating streaming tools and care pathways
Optimising efficiency by developing surgery-specific and specialty-specific care pathways
Designing a nurse-led POA Service with appropriate medical support
Identifying and streaming patients suitable for a Day Surgery pathway; inclusion and exclusion criteria; absolute and relative contraindications
Creating escalation protocols for standard, and non-standard patient groups
Perioperative care and education in the Day Surgery setting
Identifying and implementing staff training needs
Clinical skills enhancement for existing and new team members
Inter-professional learning and multi-disciplinary team training
Educating patients and their carers around regarding admission and discharge
Audit and evaluation of working practices
Nurse-led Preoperative Assessment Services
Implementing, and working to streaming tools for patients
Taking a medical and surgical patient history including history of previous anaesthesia and its associated problems
Eliciting an accurate drug history, social and psychological history
Physical examination of the patient including:
- Airway/respiratory/cardiovascular and other relevant physiological systems
Classifying patients physiological state according to recognised grading systems.
Evaluating risk in the context of the preoperative setting
Physiological and biochemical testing in accordance with localised protocols and guidelines.
Preparation of the patient for their surgical experience:
- Information and counselling for anaesthetic and surgical procedure
- Communicating risk to patients, with sensitivity