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Orthopaedic update

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over two days and is equivalent to 14 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This short course will provide an overview of contemporary approaches and interventions in orthopaedic surgery. The short course is for registered and enrolled nurses caring for orthopaedic patients in a variety of clinical areas.

Dates and locations

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

If you would like to tell us which courses you would like to see in your area, please click here to complete a short survey.

 

Fees

RN member $327.00 RN non-member $385.00
EN member $269.00EN non-member $327.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • discuss the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system
  • describe the techniques of a comprehensive neurovascular assessment
  • outline the pathophysiology and nursing management of patients with orthopaedic trauma/dysfunction; both traumatic and elective
  • identify the nursing management and prevention of complications arising from orthopaedic trauma/disorders/interventions.

Program outline

Day 1

8.45am

Registration and welcome 

9.00am

Anatomy and physiology

  • Micro and macro anatomy of musculoskeletal system
  • Anatomical terminology

10.00am

Morning tea

10.15am

Bone workshop

  • Bone dissection
  • Bone markings

11.30am

Sporting injuries

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Meniscal tears
12.15pmLunch
1.00pm

Rotator cuff repair

  • Pathophysiology
  • Nursing care
1.45pm

ACL repair

  • Pathophysiology
  • Nursing care
2.15pmAfternoon tea
2.30pm

Complications of orthopaedic dysfunction

  • Fracture blisters
  • Fat Embolism Syndrome (FES)
  • Bone and soft tissue infections
  • Pressure sores
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE) (PE)
  • Contractures
  • Muscle atrophy and Constipation
4.45pmEnd of day one.

Day 2

9.00am

Fracture management

  • types of fractures
  • reduction – open/closed fractures
  • complications of fractures

10.30am

Morning tea  

10.45am

Osteoporosis and neck of femur fractures

  • osteoporosis
  • types of fracture
  • management issues 

12.15pm

Lunch

1.00pm

Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Pathophysiology
  • Nursing care
  • Similarities and differences

2.00pm

Afternoon tea

2.15pm

Total joint arthroplasty

  • Total knee arthroplasty
  • Total hip arthroplasty
  • Hip arthroplasty - precautions
3.15pm

Neurovascular assessment

  • Tools available
  • Evidences based techniques
3.45pm

Compartment/crush syndrome

  • Causes
  • Nursing Management

4.45pm 

Summary and program concludes.