Blood clots are a serious, potentially life-threatening clinical condition that must be immediately recognised and assessed if patient outcomes are to be satisfactory. Although there is a widespread awareness of the risk that blood clots may develop, this may not translate to being familiar with their exact signs and symptoms. This session will go back to basics to help you understand how to perform a detailed assessment for DVT and PE so that you can immediately recognise if should they develop.
Joanne Reading is a clinical educator within the 42 bed ICU at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, which also services critically ill patients from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Royal Women’s Hospital. Joanne holds a Critical Care Graduate Certificate and a Master of Health Science with a focus in education, and is also the author of her own nursing education website called “Blogging for your Noggin”. With a special interest in all things cardiac and respiratory, Joanne is passionate about ensuring that education not only fosters critical thinking, but is entertaining in the process!