EDTCC#8 – Emergency Response Plan & Curriculum applications

2.4 CNE CH

The final course series addresses the initial care of critically ill or injured patients and provides application exercises using knowledge gained throughout the curriculum, including determining the worst-case scenario, documenting the chief complaint, and assigning the triage acuity or index level. 

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How This Course Series Works

This series consists of the following courses:

TFED24 – Triage Clinical Readiness – Emergency Response Plan (ERP) – 0.5 CNE
A guide to the initial presentation of critically ill or injured patients

Course Description and Purpose

There exists an opportunity for improvement for triage nurses regarding the implementation of an emergency response plan. This opportunity is related to a gap in knowledge. Do not be confused by the fact that this course addresses the arrival and initial care of critically ill or injured patients. Triage is a process, not a place, and this process takes place with patients who arrive by emergency medical services and with walk-in patients. All ED nurses (triage and treatment staff) must be prepared to initiate care according to the trauma criteria, regardless of the mode of arrival or the point-of-entry. Arrival by emergency medical services does not necessarily indicate the severity of injury, a higher acuity, or the presence of trauma criteria.

Not all facilities care for trauma patients, but all facilities do at least occasionally care for critically ill patients and have the potential for a trauma patient to show up in their ED.

The purpose of this activity is to:

  1. Present applicable trauma criteria, as described by the American College of Surgeons, when caring for injured patients;
  2. Utilize the American College of Surgeon’s trauma criteria when assessing patients for an actual or potential injury;
  3. Incorporate the MIST mnemonic into the prehospital and ED communication reporting system;
  4. Delineate the elements necessary to care for critically ill or injured patients using a coordinated and therapeutic approach.

Course Learner Outcomes

Successful completion of this activity will enable the learner to organize and direct any trauma or code resuscitation, as well as formulate the use of proper tools and reporting mechanisms.

TFED14-MFTI – Introduction to: Maternal Fetal Triage Index™ (AWHONN) – 0.5 CNE
Introduction to the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses’ (AWHONN) obstetrical triage acuity index tool

Course Description & Purpose:

There is a gap in practice for many triage nurses related to a gap in knowledge regarding obstetrical triage acuity rating. Obstetrical triage specifically, has not previously been taught to ED nurses, formally.

The Maternal Fetal Triage Index developed by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) provides a 1.0 contact hour course online. This course serves as an introduction to the MFTI for ED nurses.

The purpose of this activity is to introduce the MFTI algorithm to triage nurses, by permission from AWHONN.

Course Learner Outcomes:
Successful completion of this activity will enable the learner to familiarize themselves with the MFTI algorithm and access the AWHONN course if desired.

TFED25 – Curriculum Application and Conclusion – 1.4 CNE
Practice scenarios using knowledge gained throughout the comprehensive curriculum, including determining the worst-case scenario, documenting the chief complaint, and assigning the triage acuity or index level

Course Description and Purpose

There is an opportunity for improvement as triage nurses have high risk/low frequency exposure to very challenging and complex patient presentations. This opportunity is related to a gap in knowledge and skills, as some of these presentations are very infrequent.

The purpose of this activity is to allow the learner to apply the knowledge gained throughout the comprehensive curriculum in a scenario-based, interactive format by having the learner:

  1. Gain an overview of systematic comprehensive triage assessments, which reinforces acceptable assessment and documentation practices;
  2. Recognize unusual presentations for clinical scenarios that are life-threatening or emergent;
  3. Use the “clues” and rationale to gain valuable information pertaining to the triage assessments and decisions for the specific scenarios presented.

Course Learner Outcomes

Learning in this course should occur on multiple levels. Successful completion of this activity will enable the learner to consider the worst-case scenario, document the chief complaint, and assign the proper triage acuity level.

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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