EDTCC#6 – ED Triage Clinical Readiness – Population Specific

3.2 CNE CH

A course series providing clinical readiness education regarding the triage of pediatric patients, older adults, patients with psychiatric presentations, and victims of abuse.

$48.00

How This Course Series Works

This series consists of the following courses: 

TFED18 – Triage Clinical Readiness – Age-Related – 1.1 CNE
Assessment and line of questioning of pediatric and geriatric presentations

Course Description and Purpose

An opportunity for improvement in practice exists for triage nurses regarding age-related assessments of the very old and the very young. This opportunity for improvement is related to a gap in knowledge.

The purpose of this activity is to:

  1. Differentiate the age-specific needs of very old and very young sick or injured patients during triage;
  2. Highlight the age-specific physiological differences and psycho-social dynamics of both age groups.

Course Learner Outcomes

Successful completion of this activity will enable the learner to assess the very young and the very old with clinical expertise and formulate a plan to accurately triage age-related presentations.

TFED19 – Triage Clinical Readiness – Psychiatric – 1.0 CNE
Assessment and line of questioning of patients with behavioral health and psychiatric presentations

Course Description and Purpose

An opportunity for improvement exists for triage nurses regarding the clinical assessment of the psychiatric patient. This opportunity is related to a lack of knowledge regarding the complex presentations of psychiatric patients.

During the past three decades, the number of patients with serious mental health problems seeking care in general hospital EDs has increased exponentially, and with special clinical challenges. Add to this, patients presenting with medical complaints who have coexisting psychiatric disorders, and the result is many patients presenting to EDs with psychiatric needs. 

Despite these challenges, the ED remains an important gateway for patients presenting with psychiatric/psychosocial problems, and triage professionals need to provide prompt and effective care to this group. We must also recognize that the fast-paced, often chaotic environment of most EDs can make it more difficult to intervene and provide effective mental healthcare and may even exacerbate psychiatric symptoms.

Put another way, there are times when psychiatric patients come to the ED in crisis, and while they may not require admission, because of the chaotic ED environment, they lose control and are thus “transformed” into a psychiatric admission. And because these patients often present to the ED when they are acutely ill, they can be extremely difficult to manage.

The purpose of this activity is to:

  1. Present a systematic and therapeutic approach to the care of patients with psychiatric presentations;
  2. Distinguish the elements of therapeutic methodologies, interventions, and environments as they relate to the care of patients with psychiatric presentations;
  3. Delineate obstacles to the care of patients with psychiatric presentations;
  4. Highlight specific assessment and intervention strategies.

Course Learner Outcomes

Successful completion of this activity will enable the learner to differentiate diagnostic categories of psychiatric patients at triage and to formulate appropriate, safe triage assessment and intervention strategies.

TFED20 – Triage Clinical Readiness – Victims of Abuse – 1.1 CNE
Screening, line of questioning and assessment for adults and children at risk

Course Description and Purpose

An opportunity for practice improvement exists as triage nurses assess victims of abuse during triage. This opportunity is related to a gap in knowledge about victims of abuse. As an integral part of society where abused people often first seek treatment, ED staff must be ready to address the issue of abuse, remembering that the ED provides an opportune setting to address this issue.

The ED often serves groups of our population that otherwise do not have access to healthcare resources. We may be the only professionals with whom they will have the opportunity to speak or interact. This is a tremendous opportunity to intervene in the cycle of violence.

The purpose of this activity is to:

  1. Describe a systematic and therapeutic approach to the triage of patients who are possible victims of abuse;
  2. Examine the tools used to screen patients for abuse;
  3. Examine barriers to screening for victims of abuse at triage;
  4. Explore various injury assessments: bruises, lacerations, cuts and abrasions, marks, burns;
  5. Differentiate between common myths and evidence-based knowledge about intimate partner violence;
  6. Discuss the cycle of violence.

Course Learner Outcomes

Successful completion of this activity will enable the learner to recognize the signs of abuse and appropriately triage and care for patients who are victims of abuse.

To receive continuing nurse education contact hours certificate, the learner must complete all lessons and components of each course, complete the attestation and evaluation forms, and pass the exam with an 75% minimum pass rate.

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