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Emergency Care Institute

May 2021

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ECI Virtual Research Symposium - Friday 25th June 2021

The Emergency Care Insititute invites emergency clinicians, researchers, leaders, academics and students to the 4th annual Research Symposium.  This free, virtual ECI event aims to exchange ideas, research methodologies and findings across the emergency care research community. The symposium will also focus on broader directions and priorities in emergency care research, funding opportunities and ongoing support for researchers through presentations from keynote speakers, workshops and oral abstract presentation and poster displays.  

We welcome students, academics, researchers and clinicians at all levels to participate and come together to share cutting-edge knowledge and innovation. 

If you have an abstract or a poster for presentation at the Symposium, please send it to aci-ecis@health.nsw.gov.au


Staff updates

We are sad to say goodbye to Rachael Allen who will be leaving us in May to welcome her newest family member. We would like to thank Rachael for all the hard work she has done whilst leading the Emergency Protocols Initiating Care (EPIC) project and wish her all the best on this next exciting adventure. 


Tim Cooper, former ECI manager, has rejoined us for 1 day per week as a Project Officer to support the team in completing key pieces of work. Welcome back Tim.


Innovation Exchange

The Innovation Exchange provides a collaborative place online to share and promote local innovation and improvement projects and resources. This is the place to showcase great work that is happening, to promote innovations and improvements to health services, and recognise the commitment and expertise of staff working in the NSW Health system. 

If you have an innovation that you would like to submit, click here  for more information or contact aci-ecis@health.nsw.gov.au for more information. 


Microscope camera as a tool in digital morphology

This month a submission was made by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and NSW Pathology titled ‘Microscope Camera as a Tool in Digital Morphology’ .  This project used a microscope camera to reduce the turnaround time of morphology results reporting for critical patients presenting after hours to the emergency department.


Clinical updates

COVID-19 - Discharging new and returning residents to Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) 

The Aged Care COVID-19 Community of practice received feedback of teams encountering difficulties where Patient Transport Services crews are not being routinely provided with the correct paperwork, which has led to issues when returning the resident to their RACF. The Ministry can confirm that the processes detailed in Guiding principles for safe and efficient admissions into Residential Aged Care Facilities and transfers to hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic remains and must be followed when discharging new or returning residents to RACFs. This is in addition to the usual patient discharge summary. A RACF screening letter template and information sheet is available on the NSW Health website and in Appendix 2. if you have any questions please contact your local Aged Care outreach teams or specialised staff or contact the MoH COVID-19 Aged Care Community of Practice.


ECI research papers

HIRAID Research Group. The implementation of an emergency nursing framework (HIRAID) reduces patient deterioration: A multi-centre quasi-experimental study. Int Emerg Nurs. 2021 Apr


Professional development

State-wide ECG module 2 - now available on My Health Learning

The ACI Cardiac Network in collaboration with NSW Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) is pleased to announce that Module 2, Basic understanding of the electrocardiogram and rhythm interpretation (course code: 359181145) is now available to NSW Health employees on the HETI My Health Learning platform. Module 2 is part of a 4-module series spans from novice to proficient. Module 2 supports the learning of the advanced beginner clinician in systematic review of the normal ECG and common arrhythmias.  Click here to access the My Health Learning website


Inaugural High Risk Emergency Medicine Meeting – September 13th and 14th 2021

The inaugural High Risk Emergency Medicine Meeting will be held on Sept 13 and 14 2021 in Darling Harbour. This meeting will focus on situations and presentations that, due to the risk of misdiagnosis or misadventure, present the greatest risk to the Emergency patient and the greatest anxiety to the Emergency clinician. This meeting is designed for practising emergency doctors and nurses, EM trainees and Diploma candidates as well CMOs, urgent care clinicians and GPs who encounter high risk conditions in their medical practice. 

There are only limited spaces available for this inaugural Meeting so register now to secure your spot! More information and registration available at: hremaustralia.com.au


The Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Conference – 8th & 9th June 2021

The Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Network in partnership with AH&MRC and PHNs are co-hosting the upcoming virtual Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Conference focusing on Rethinking virtual care models. The aim of this virtual conference is to bring together stakeholders to showcase each other’s success and key learnings in designing and delivering virtual models of care for Aboriginal peoples. We also aim to showcase key initiatives that have supported the emotional wellbeing of the workforce and community during these challenging times over the past 2 years. Click here for more information and Registration details.


Clinician Connect

Clinician Connect brings you the latest news and healthcare innovations from across the ACI and our clinical networks, institutes and taskforces.  Click here for the latest news.


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