Sue Anderton developed the award-winning presentation based on medical research she and Warrnambool Base Hospital Emergency Department colleagues carried out last year. Aimed at improving the management of adult patients presenting at our Emergency Department with atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat that puts patients at risk of stroke and haemodynamic instability) with rapid ventricular response, it led to the development of an evidence-based clinical pathway.
Sue led the SWH research team of Emergency Department director Dr Franco Schreve; clinical nurse specialists Christine Hena, Laura Conn, Megan Reilly, Cat Gervis, Chris Barr and Bec Sheen; operations manager Emily Batt and cardiac clinical facilitator Marg Bull. Her presentation in Perth at the 2014 International Conference for Emergency Nurses (ICEN) outlined the project’s journey, and the innovation and commitment required for its success.
‘We were guided by a multidisciplinary expert panel from the Emergency Care Improvement and Innovation Clinical Network (ECIICN) and Victorian Cardiac Clinical Network who’d developed a treatment pathway including drug recommendations, which we adjusted according to our needs,’ Sue explains.
‘The innovation that set our project apart was the use of the pathway we developed in multidisciplinary real-time simulated scenarios.’
The Emergency Care Institute annually awards this prize at its International Conference for Emergency Nurses for a paper related to closing an important gap between the best available evidence and current clinical practice. The assessment criteria considered by the review team includes:
SWH Emergency Department physician and Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine director, Dr Tim Baker, is thrilled with the latest achievement to come from this home grown research initiative.
‘Medical research is vital, but all too often research findings get stuck in the laboratory; they don’t find their way to the frontline. Sue has overcome these barriers,’ he says.
The Emergency Care Institute Evidence into Practice Award includes a $1,000 cash prize which Sue will put towards an interstate ultrasound workshop she will attend next month.
For a copy of her presentation go to http://www.ecinsw.com.au/awards-and-prizes