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The Aga Khan University Hospital Pakistan

Year of Emergency Medicine - A session on Advancement in Nursing

<p>​<a href="/Pakistan/Health-Services/emergency-acute-care/Pages/default.aspx">24/7 Emergency and Acute Care Service Line​</a> at the Aga Khan University Hospital in collaboration with Organizing Committee of 21st National Health Sciences Research Symposium and The Department of Continuing Professional Education organized forum on Advances in Emergency Nursing Practice in late November this year.</p><div>Emergency departments are unpredictable, dynamic and challenging care environments requiring competent workforce to ensure effective and efficient patient care. Internationally scope and practice standards provide a benchmark to inform and guide clinical performance for emergency nurses however, in the local scenario there is a lack of guidance from regulatory authorities.  </div><div>
</div><div>Following themes were discussed and deliberated by team of experts. Ms. Khairunnissa Hooda Senior Business Manager talked about Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Emergency Medicine and highlighted its importance as a critical success factor for Service line implementation and achieving core results. Ms. Karima Hirani, Nurse Manager spoke about Excellence in Emergency Nursing Practice and the way forward. Further discussions included: Trauma Nursing presented by Ms. Rozina Khemani, Nurse Manager. Dr Gulzar Lakhani Senior Administrator &amp; Lecturer, General Surgery brought an insight about Understanding &amp; Managing Patient Expectation in Emergency Medicine. </div><div>
</div><div>The session has provided insights to individuals who have an interest in different arenas of nursing practice including Interdisciplinary collaboration, excellence in practice, trauma nursing, understanding and managing patient expectation. It will provide a complete overview from education to clinical and evidence based best practices.  It is a forum to explore issues of mutual concern as well as exchange knowledge, share evidences, ideas, and generate solutions. It provides a platform for national nurses to update about the latest advances in Emergency Nursing Practice. </div><div>
</div><div>Some Useful workshops organized were: </div><div>
</div><div><strong>Prevention and Control of Infection in Emergency Medicine</strong>
</div><div>Infectious diseases that were previously endemic to a specific area are now found globally. World Health Organizations has identified the importance of identifying communicable disease occurrences early and stopping the mortality, spread, and potential impacts. Significant component of detecting and limiting the spread of infection includes communications with among health care team’s /organizations/ governmental sectors – all participating in surveillance activities that recognize emerging infections.  If staffs is not trained to recognize the signs and symptoms and to act early, the extent of exposure and the risks of spreading the infection significantly increase<strong>. </strong>Through this interactive workshop, the following was achieved: 
</div><div><div>a)<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>The participants will be able to recognize the need of patient segregation and apply appropriate isolation strategies</div><div>c)<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Th staff was trained on the use of personal protective equipment appropriate to infectious disease;</div><div>d)<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Helping participants identify and manage staff roles and responsibilities.</div>
</div><div><strong>Quality Improvement &amp; Patient Safety in the Emergency Medicine</strong>
</div><div><div>Quality Improvement and Patient Safety is a critical concern. Recent evidence from research supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that adverse events are the major cause of disability and death throughout the world, especially among people living in low and middle income countries. This analysis estimates that just seven types of in hospital adverse events result in 43 million injuries each year, and these injuries probably represent 1 of the top 20 causes of disability and death globally.</div><div>
</div><div>The session provided an insight about different perspective of Quality and Patient Safety in Emergency Care/Medicine.</div><div>
</div><div>The discussions includes Challenge for the next decade and leadership role in transforming Emergency Care, Role of Accreditation in Quality Improvement &amp; Patient Safety, and understand that quality and safety in Emergency Medicine does not happen by accident; it requires a structured approach. The knowledge shared optimised the ability of all participants to learn different perspectives and reliably deliver high-quality (safe, effective, efficient, equitable, timely, and patient-centered) Emergency Care.</div><div>