Course Overview

Brief

Nausea and vomiting are symptoms that are commonly experienced by patients with advanced disease. This Course explores why this is the case and focuses on strategies to manage nausea and vomiting and maintain comfort of the individual.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the pathophysiology of nausea and vomiting
  • Explain how a comprehensive assessment is undertaken of nausea and vomiting
  • Describe the interventions for reducing nausea and vomiting

Topics include:

  • Pathophysiology of nausea and vomiting
  • Assessment of nausea and vomiting
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to reduce nausea and vomiting

Target audience

All healthcare professionals, particularly nurses working in palliative care, aged care, and acute and community care settings.

Purpose

Consider the application of best available evidence and expert opinion to clinical practice for the management of nausea and vomiting in palliative care settings.

Need

Nausea and vomiting are distressing experiences for people with a variety of advanced and progressive illnesses. Frequently there can be acute bursts of nausea and vomiting, but they are often chronic, extending for long periods of time, particularly in advanced illnesses. Nausea and vomiting impact on a person’s day-to-day activities and on their quality of life, and can lead to additional health problems such as dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and/or malnutrition, adding to a person’s already traumatic experience. Given the tenet of palliative care is the comfort of the individual, healthcare professionals are in a unique position to assist in alleviating and/or providing symptomatic relief of nausea and vomiting.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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