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Perioperative anaesthetic nursing

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over one day and is equivalent to 7 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This short course is designed for nurses working in operating rooms or day surgery and seeking to expand their knowledge of the use, care and maintenance of anaesthetic equipment and of the techniques used in anaesthetic pharmacology; clinical assessment; infection control; safe working environment; work station equipment problems and monitoring during anaesthesia within the guidelines of the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN).


RN member $187.50RN non-member $219.50
EN member $153.50EN non-member $186.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • demonstrate practical knowledge of the use, care and maintenance of anaesthetic equipment and of the techniques used in anaesthetic pharmacology
  • reflect upon and understand current infection control theories, policies and procedures in relation to clinical practice
  • provide and maintain a safe working and patient environment
  • predict and manage common anaesthetic work station equipment problems
  • examine the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of common anaesthetic agents and the associated patient management
  • analyse patient assessment, monitoring and positioning during anaesthesia.

Program outline


Registration and introduction


Anaesthetic machine principles

  • checking
  • cleaning and maintenance
  • routine observations
  • troubleshooting
  • anaesthetic patient monitoring


Fluid management

  • fluid assessment
  • maintaining hydration
  • fluid resuscitation


Morning tea


Airway and ventilation management

  • the physiology of breathing
  • ventilation principles
  • airway assessment/grading
  • artificial airways
  • intubation – indications and complications
  • emergence – complications and management
  • rapid sequence induction – indications and complications
  • emergency situations – difficult airway algorithms


Anaesthetic pharmacology

  • anaesthesia – indications, stages
  • anaesthetic agents – induction
  • understanding muscle contraction
  • muscle relaxants
  • reversal agents




Anaesthetic crisis management

  • principles of crisis management
  • malignant hyperthermia
  • anaphylactic reactions
  • latex allergy
  • massive blood loss
  • suxamethonium apnoea


Afternoon tea


From receiving to PACU transfer

  • preoperative patient assessment
  • communication
  • time out
  • positioning
  • documentation
  • infection control


Evaluation and finish