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Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) has employed its first Intensive Care Outreach Service Clinical Facilitator to maximise patient safety.
Danny Hindle said he would provide education support on how to recognise and respond to deteriorating patients.
“It’s important that we’re all able to recognise and act on the early warning signs that a patient is getting worse instead of better,” he said.
“I’ll be working with nursing staff across the hospital on how to interpret basic blood reports and basic ECGs, how to conduct head-to-toe patient assessments, and how to recognise and respond to deteriorating patients.”
Mr Hindle said he would draw on his extensive nursing, intensive care and teaching experience.
“I remember working on the wards and having patients who were becoming more and more unwell, it can be a stressful time and education is the key to being prepared and knowing how to act,” he said.
“I want to support ward nurses who are looking after complex patients who become increasingly sicker.”
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Acting Nurse Unit Manager Braddon Cummins said the new full-time position would expand the role of the Intensive Care Outreach Service.
“This role is going to foster better communication and collaboration between the ICU and the wards,” he said.
“Since establishing the outreach service in 2009 we’ve developed great relationships with the wards, but Danny is going to expand on that by offering education and support.
“As a result, we’re going to have more highly skilled nurses on the wards, who will be able to better manage complex patients.”
Mr Cummins said the role would develop over time to meet the needs of the service and staff.