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Lecture Overview

Sepsis is a subject often explored in education, however, are you aware of the impact that this critical condition can have on an older person? Using a case study, apply your knowledge and experience to understand what increases older adult's risk factors for sepsis, and what we as health professionals can do to prevent it occurring in the first place.


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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.




79 Total Rating(s)

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Warren Peterson
25 Mar 2019

Very good but somewhat basic

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Jane Markey
24 Mar 2019

Well presented. Clear & concise.

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Carey Blaik
23 Mar 2019

excellent clear and concise articulation of sepsis

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Andrew Markula
23 Mar 2019

Great presentation.

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Monique Garbutt
22 Mar 2019

I really liked the idea of the qSOFA tool. I will be implementing this in my nursing assessments.

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Sheryl Gruhn
22 Mar 2019

Very informative and presented in a clear and easy to understand manner

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Pamela Boyd
22 Mar 2019

Very informative and helpful to be reminded to observe for any change in mental status, change in mobility, respiratory rate and BP observation. Many late signs of sepsis: hypothermia, anorexia, hyper/hypo glycaemia, tachycardia/tachypnoeic, acidosis, general malaise, Helpful to be reminded that when kidneys and lungs are compromised the elderly are pushed into acidosis and further decline. The more a/b's we have the more resistance we create but sometimes there is no alternative.

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Michelle Pinci
22 Mar 2019

Clearly presented. Not too long. Supported with a very common scenario we see in our setting.

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Catherine Harding
25 Feb 2019

I was not aware of the SOFA score. I have gained important information. Reinforcement of infection controll and the basis of good hygiene is the washing of hands.

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Claire Parry
21 Feb 2019

Fab speaker