ED Nurses Vent and Haemodynamics Workshop

This post captures some of the resources discussed in the ED Nurses Vent and Haemodynamic Monitoring workshop at Redcliffe Hospital. These resources are high quality FOAM and can help with expanding upon the learning and piqued curiosity from the workshop. Happy self-directed learning.

Pro-tip on organising and capturing your CPD activities: Keep a portfolio. Quite simply, document your intended personal learning objective; identify a high quality resource that addresses this (article, workshop, conference); document a reflection on your achieved personal learning outcome. For a comprehensive overview of a Nursing Professional Portfolio head to this guide from the ACN. My newly discovered resource for keeping track of CPD portfolio is this great app from Ausmed Education.

Arterial lines, central lines and haemodynamic monitoring

Quick snapshot on Arterial lines – http://lifeinthefastlane.com/ccc/arterial-line/

Literally the whole chapter on Haemodynamic Monitoring, an amazing resource – http://www.derangedphysiology.com/main/core-topics-intensive-care/haemodynamic-monitoring

arterial pressure waveform

Image from Deranged Physiology

Acute Respiratory Failure

Medscape emedicine overview of Respiratory Failure – http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/167981-overview

British Thoracic Society Guidelines for a host of diseases, diagnoses and therapies in ARF – https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/standards-of-care/guidelines/

Non-Invasive Ventilation

NIV Clinical Practice Guidelines – http://www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/239740/ACI14_Man_NIV_1-2.pdf

Q&A format NIV for the criitcally ill patient from LITFL – http://lifeinthefastlane.com/non-invasive-ventilation/

LIFTL Critical Care Compendium NIV – http://lifeinthefastlane.com/ccc/non-invasive-ventilation-niv/

Great 5 minute overview of NIV

Rapid Sequence Induction/Intubation

RSI Checklist Podcast and host of resources – https://emcrit.org/podcasts/intubation-checklist-2-0/

The Vortex Approach : a unique and systematic approach to safe emergency airway management – http://vortexapproach.org/

Nice overview of indications for RSI

RSI Dump Sheet adapted from KI Docs

Post-Intubation Care

The go-to package for post-intubation, EMCrit – https://emcrit.org/podcasts/post-intubation-package/

Mechanical Ventilation

For those that want EVERYTHING, here is the chapter from Deranged Physiology – http://www.derangedphysiology.com/main/core-topics-intensive-care/mechanical-ventilation-0

Don’t forget the importance of alarm settings – CritIQ video

A huge suite of brilliant videos from Respiratory Review – The Principles of Mechanical Ventilation

A short lecture on basic ventilator settings using the Hamilton T1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOt4nMrJgww

Hamilton T1 online settings simulator – https://www.hamilton-medical.com/.static/HAMILTON-T1/start.html

The Crashing Ventilated Patient

This is a brilliant lecture with some good mental models and mnemonics for assessing and treating the patient who crashes post-intubation

Take the Resilience Challenge

There are many pressures in healthcare, all of which have an impact on people who work on the front lines. Resilience Challenge, a new interactive videogame, aims to raise awareness about these pressures.


In the early 2000’s, Safer Healthcare Now and other initiatives were launched to improve the 10% error rate in hospitals worldwide. After over a decade of research, and billions of dollars of funding, the error rate remains unchanged. So what went wrong? There are several perspectives on why patient safety hasn’t improved. These include a) we didn’t understand safety as a culture, not just individual errors b) we need to strengthen what goes right, not just eliminate what goes wrong, and c) we need better engagement between researchers and clinicians to makes sure that researchers are asking the right questions and clinicians are implementing the results.

Resilience Challenge is one way that researchers at in the Centre for Applied Resilience in Healthcare (CARe) at King’s College London are addressing these questions. We are studying how we foster organisational resilience in order to improve patient safety and support clinicians to provide high quality care. Organisational resilience is the ability of a system to adapt safely to pressures in healthcare. The Resilience Challenge videogame supports nurses, doctors, and healthcare professionals to explore this concept, and understand what it means in practice. Organisational resilience is not about individuals coping with poor working conditions; it’s about creating better environments in hospitals so that people can give great care.

The videogame is based on guiding a patient’s journey through the hospital safely. It combines comic book style visuals with accurate medical imagery to create an experience that is both familiar and imaginative. We want to engage with people from a broad range of backgrounds including healthcare students, professionals, and the public to understand the pressures healthcare providers face at work, and how organisations can support clinicians and safe decision-making. 

The Resilience Challenge is part of CARe’s wider work to inform policy about healthcare safety. The game is designed to raise awareness of the pressures on healthcare professionals and to start conversations about what can be done at an organisational level to support successful decision-making. CARe’s goal is to make healthcare systems work safely for everyone involved.

The Resilience Challenge was created through a collaboration between King’s College London’s Centre for Applied Resilience in Healthcare (CARe) and Karman Interactive, brokered and supported by the Cultural Institute at King’s.

Play the game, and please complete the survey at the end to support CARe’s research.

Learn more about our work here: http://resiliencecentre.org.uk/