Clinical Detective: Cardiovascular

1h 5m of CPD
Tracy Edwards
Grace McCorkell
Hilary Bush
02 Apr 2018

This Course will reinforce why certain diagnostic tests, observations and procedures are undertaken to confirm or eliminate potential clinical problems. You will be asked a series of questions throughout the case study that will assist you with this and your learning.


Identify the presenting signs and symptoms of the patient and patient history


Describe the assessment and diagnostic tests required for this patient


Explain the potential management and expected outcomes for this patient


Identify the presenting condition


Tracy Edwards

Tracy is a Nurse Practitioner working in the emergency department at Modbury Public Hospital in South Australia. In this role, she works in a “see and treat” model of care and also works with the rapid assessment team, where she is required to fulfil both clinical and educational duties. Tracy has experience as a practice nurse and has held other management positions, including acting quality and clinical risk manager. Tracy is particularly interested in vascular health and has run several extra vocational programs focused on the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Tracy was a finalist in the "future leader" category for the South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards 2011 and won a South Australian Premiers Travelling Scholarship in 2011/12.

Grace McCorkell

It is widely understood that the future lies in those youthful enough to affect and experience it. This is a perceptive commentary into the reasons why a high school graduate chose nursing, and thereby is an invaluable resource in understanding how the youth of our contemporary society view nursing. More specifically, Grace McCorkell touches on very interesting aspects of nursing, which she has encountered. Namely, the ability to assist and care for those who need it most; the job security inherent in the profession; the diversity of roles and responsibilities in every nursing aspect; the continual ability to improve and update a nurse's clinical knowledge; and the ability to place value and respect in every human being as an equal member of the human race.

Hilary Bush

Hilary Bush is a registered nurse who trained and works in Melbourne. She currently works as a Nurse Planner and the Online Education Manager at Ausmed Education. She enjoys actively contributing to the advancement of nursing professional development in Australia, as well as developing and evaluating engaging continuing education activities for nurses worldwide. Hilary is currently undertaking a Master of Education (Educational Management) at the University of Melbourne.


Michelle Cole27 Sep 2018
Easy to understand and follow

Merise Luisetto31 Aug 2018
As a newly graduated EN I find these online resources extremely beneficial and educational

Debbie Mitschuinig30 Aug 2018
Excellent, explanations of diagnostic tests and findings. Thank you

Amanda Grissell20 Aug 2018
Enjoyed how interactive the course was. To the point and clear probision of information.

Maggy Spencer17 Aug 2018
Very informative.

Michelle East07 Aug 2018
This was a great learning resource - clear, concise and easy to apply in practice.

Marlo Verano06 Aug 2018
The overall online lecture and activity is very interesting.

Ashley Manney04 Aug 2018
very good thanks

Bonnie Daysh30 Jul 2018
Very well summarised and easy to listen to.

Jenna He26 Jul 2018
An excellent and thorough presentation with a good case study to cover! Thank you!

Adele Mackie25 Jul 2018
Excellent Course Module.

Carole kathleen Brown12 Jul 2018
This course is well worth doing.

Catherine Tume04 Jul 2018

Catherine Simkiss20 Jun 2018
Good revision of the detonating patient and the necessary steps to follow in the care of said patient.

Georgia Jones03 Jun 2018
very clear and informational video

Kristie-Lee Perrott31 May 2018

Siew Lan Tang31 May 2018
Interesting and challenging

Brenda Wilson30 May 2018
I likes this clinical review section. I thought the case study was a great way of learning.The lesson make you think on the spot. Introducing clinical findings along the way made you think, thus make you remember. I learnt a lot. Hopefully will have better health outcomes for my patient.

Ang Tian Cheng Sky30 May 2018
Lecture was interesting

Bec Ozols29 May 2018
Good excercise, engaging and informative.

Emma Kerr29 May 2018
Informative ... although I thought some DVTs could be treated with clexane ?

Wenjing Cui28 May 2018
Very usefull systemic assessment

very well done

Elise stewart27 May 2018
This activity enable to understand the important of collecting more information to help make diagnosis of P.E, and has given me the confidence to explain my findings.

Mark James27 May 2018
Well presented

yan zhang26 May 2018
excellent presentation.

Soumyamol Binesh25 May 2018

Phoebe tsourdalakis24 May 2018
very easy to understand

Charles Pritchard24 May 2018

Leanne Watt24 May 2018
I thought the presentation was well presented and I liked the interactive sections.

Geetha Rani Ammini21 May 2018

Rebecca Noble21 May 2018
Very practical, skill based module. Highly recommend for anyone looking to improve thier clinical assessment skills.

Kriebel felicja21 May 2018
Very good case study , which was quite fun to do, and covering lots of information.

Kim Szubert21 May 2018
Clear and precise.

Elizabeth Uhlmann20 May 2018
Really good for critical thinking skills and assessment skills.

Paul Burman18 May 2018
A good coure showing of the use of observation’s & assesent to help obtain a diagnosis and recieve appropriately treatment.

Leigh Labinsky17 May 2018
A good review of PE presentation and possible other diagnoses

Ramona Pradhanang17 May 2018
Very good learning as it was a case study, it kept me engaged.

Jenny Ellis17 May 2018
Excellent articulate and relevant presenter.Great information and appropriate detail

George Xian16 May 2018

Amor Acosta16 May 2018
Informative. Learned a lot

Cal Tudor16 May 2018
Great way to learn.

Janet Shanahan14 May 2018
I have learnt more about DVT and PE and also the blood tests to test the levels of blood clotting time eg aPTT and INR.

Lin Jiang14 May 2018

Angelo Carlo Rontos12 May 2018
the cpd was very helpful and informative

tatiana aquino11 May 2018

I found this course excellent as the educator was clear and the information was given so it was easy to understand and I was able to reinforce the knowledge I have. I would recommend this education to other health professionals.

natalie Mielczarek10 May 2018

Emelye Coenraad10 May 2018
Very informative, really helped me to have a better understanding of information.

Denise Whittaker09 May 2018
The Educator was very good and explained everything .

Shane Alexandra Canada09 May 2018

Ellie Alizadeh09 May 2018
Very useful

Sharon Khan09 May 2018
I would recommend this education to other health professionals

Caiping Jiang08 May 2018

Nicole Gregory08 May 2018
Good resource to recap on your clinical assessment skills and knowledge with case study analysis.

Virginia Rogers07 May 2018
This package provided useful information about DVT and PE as well as differential diagnoses that should be considered during the initial assessment period.

Almaz Gebremeskel06 May 2018
Excellent short course!

Mayumi Nakazawa06 May 2018
Interesting activity

Nichole Dutschke06 May 2018
Very thorough presentation

Very informative.

Anu Sudhakaran Nair 05 May 2018
Good learning material

Tonia Ataraoti04 May 2018
I am really happy and satisfied after taking this short course; It's very detailed and explained a lot of things I always want to know but never get the time to research after a long day at work

Jisha Anie Binnichen03 May 2018

Merrilyn Lambert02 May 2018
This was an excellent presentation which was very clear and easy to follow.

Kimberley Kozumplik01 May 2018
A good case study that gave good reasons for approach of care

Robert Martin01 May 2018
I would recommend this education to other health professionals

Susan Cynthia Barnes30 Apr 2018
The information was concise and interesting

Rosy Khadka Chhetri30 Apr 2018
very informative

Lizhi he28 Apr 2018

Janette Elliott28 Apr 2018

Anne Skerman26 Apr 2018
Very clear and well presented education.

David penney26 Apr 2018
I acually thought it was a pretty good learning experience.

Hind Katrib25 Apr 2018
Its very good presented

Harsimrat Kaur25 Apr 2018
Good learning tool

Jessica Arnold25 Apr 2018
Very Useful resource

Amanpreet Kaur25 Apr 2018
Tremendous knowledge

Xi Wu25 Apr 2018
Good VLA

Ruth Stormer24 Apr 2018
Good presentation. Quizzes reinforce learning.

Bimaldeep Sidhu23 Apr 2018
very informative

Lisa Maree Willmott23 Apr 2018
thoughtful and easy to listen to. I really liked this one.

Karen Innes23 Apr 2018
I thought it was great- well paced and clearly explained. Concerned about a couple of quiz questions which I cant understand why the answer is correct. I have asked colleagues to explain it to me and they also think the question is worded incorrectly for the answer provided.

Susan ingall22 Apr 2018
This was clear and useful.

Louise Morosi22 Apr 2018
A great resource!!

JIAYUAN XIE22 Apr 2018
excellent refresher of critical thinking skills in daily practice

Rebecca Patricia Campbell18 Apr 2018
Good presentation. Easy to listen to.

Cheryl Carpenter18 Apr 2018
A very good learning tool

Helen O'Connor18 Apr 2018
Excellent presentation. Clear,and important reminder of doing pre discharge observations and acting on any concerns could be life saving.

Peter Michael Osbucan Olat17 Apr 2018
Very Informative

Fiona williams16 Apr 2018
It was a good update

Joanne Kneebone15 Apr 2018
The educator was engaging and clear with information

Esther Sibanda15 Apr 2018
well presented.

jennifer Brown14 Apr 2018
This Clinical Detective case study learning activity kept me thinking the whole way through. I would recommend it to others who enjoy active case study review and learning.

Jane Wilson14 Apr 2018
educator engaging and recommend to othger health professionals

Judy Berry13 Apr 2018
Very valuable information here that I plan to review and undertake more research and study on. It has highlighted particular areas that I am going to concentrate on with further learning, obtaining additional resources and strengthening my current knowledge. Well presented - thank you.


Joanne Melissa Deiparine12 Apr 2018
Very informative

Nida Deligero Lagunay11 Apr 2018
This is a very helpful resources.

Ann-Maree Stutz11 Apr 2018
Very good presentation - I liked the way quiz questions were used throughout the lecture and time we were given to explore what we thought.

Cheryl Gillam11 Apr 2018
Great refresher course and easy to understand.

Sue Steckyj11 Apr 2018
This resource was thought provoking and a good revision tool for health professionals.

Citti Taranto09 Apr 2018
Very informative education for my continuing professional development to practice

Cathy Makamet Loleni Silailai09 Apr 2018
The resource is extremely educational and I would recommend it to other health professionals.

Trisha Eisenhuth08 Apr 2018

Adrienne Hokin08 Apr 2018
The educator was excellent with verbal, visual points, and questions and answers. I recommend it to other health professionals.

Lisa Lising Reyes07 Apr 2018
This course have reinforced what I have learnt from Uni as a new grad.

Terry Dunne07 Apr 2018
some of this presentation was lacking. For example it did not cover off the differential diagnosis of fat embolism

Tracey Pascuzzo06 Apr 2018
Great re-enforcer of current/new knowledge

Sarah Moore06 Apr 2018
A great way to learn this topic, more engaging and hands on.

Debra Schumann06 Apr 2018
Good resource for the new graduate

Kate Tennant05 Apr 2018
Excellent VLA.

Cristobal Ace Campillo04 Apr 2018
The topic was very interesting but what made it a fun and learning experience was the way the presenter delivered the material.

mary susan delos reyes04 Apr 2018
very well presented

Maureen Heather Piefke03 Apr 2018
Presentation was easy to follow

Jeanie Kay Buchanan03 Apr 2018
very professional and informational on the current practice of a clinical study

Barbara Clarke03 Apr 2018
Excellent resource and a good case study to use in the clinical area.

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Case study
  • Review of an ORIF procedure
  • Review of Factor V Leiden disorder
  • Examinations
  • Findings
  • Medical interventions
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment and education

Target audience

All health professionals involved in the delivery of healthcare.


To enhance your critical thinking, assessment, and problem-solving skills by working through a case study in order to identify and act on a common clinical condition.


We use critical thinking skills and professional judgment on a daily basis in our practice. It is important that we continue to revise and strengthen these skills to ensure that we are able to recognise deteriorating patients and changes to conditions in a timely manner.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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