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Lecture Overview

Early detection of patient deterioration relies on the appropriate assessment and action by healthcare professionals. Sue de Muelenaere refreshes our knowledge of 'ABCDEF' as a tool to provide patients with an essential physical assessment.


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Sue de Muelenaere

Sue de Muelenaere is a registered nurse with more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse educator. Sue completed a five-year bachelor of nursing degree in South Africa, which included training in psychiatric and community nursing and midwifery. Since then, Sue has worked extensively in the intensive care environment, during which she has presented various courses, including an honour’s degree, a diploma in intensive care, and various short cardiac and ECG courses. Sue also holds an honour’s degree in advanced nursing science (intensive care nursing) and diplomas in nursing education and nursing administration. She was the education manager in a specialised heart hospital where she was responsible for the education of all hospital staff, including non-nursing staff members. Sue is passionate about teaching. She maintains a special interest in all aspects of nursing the critically-ill patient.



17 Total Rating(s)

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Esther Appiah
18 Jul 2019

It was a great refresher course for nurses who have been out of the field for some time.

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Lucille Geissberger
17 Jul 2019

The presenter was very easy to understand and gave very good rationalse to reinforce knowledge about basic clinical assessment and its importance in identifying early clinical deterioration.

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Helen Lawrence
17 Jul 2019

Excellent presenter. Her depth of knowledge in this area was obvious. Very good communicator who explained the content very clearly in a language that we easy to understand. Thank you

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Amelia Carter
16 Jul 2019

Can’t always see the board or when lecturer is demonstrating something- such as blood pressure cuff when demonstrating how to effectively measure on patient, it was covered by a pointless photo.

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Ceenia JAcob
15 Jul 2019

good topic

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Abbey Creighton
15 Jul 2019

A great tutorial that has improved my understanding of preload, afterload & contractility and how it effects cardiac output.

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Zoe Robins
15 Jul 2019

Excellent education session I can highly recommend this resource!

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Linda Mai
11 Jul 2019

Very good source, thank you!

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Tracy Afflick
10 Jul 2019

This resource has reinforced and increased my knowledge on the use and indentification of minor changes that might indicate a change in a patients status.

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Tyson Joseph Peters
07 Jul 2019

general better understanding abc's vss/obs hypoxia , preload and afterload, and pt cardiac output..refesh and keep up to date on a regular basis on these topics