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A team of four from PA Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit have shared their experience in managing a complex cervical spine injury at the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses.
Multidisciplinary representatives Fiona Jennings (Nurse Practitioner), Isabella Lane (Physiotherapist), Brooke Duggan (Speech Pathologist) and Cecile Prescott (Occupational Therapist) brought their collective clinical experience to life through the shared patient journey of ‘Simon’.
The opportunity to present at this year’s conference enabled the team to contribute to the learning of others within the field from their own privileged perspective of working in the complex and challenging environment of the PAH ICU.
“It was a special opportunity to showcase our clinical expertise. What we see and do in a large tertiary referral hospital is unique and our experiences should - and need to be shared,” said Fiona
Critical care settings have many moving parts, and the team highlighted that to deliver best practice treatment is to collaborate and work towards a unified goal for the patient. Simon's story itself was designed as a lesson in inclusivity, immersing the audience in the perspective of the patient journey in acute care.
“We gave a voice to Simon through sound bites to provide a greater sense of what a patient like Simon feels and experiences which is an important facet of their care,” she said.
Their dynamic presentation on teamwork in an acute care setting was well received with commendations for the person-centred care approach.
“Simon’s example is a tribute to what can be done when people are truly connected and focused on patient care.”