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Lecture Overview

Early detection of patient deterioration relies on the appropriate assessment and action by healthcare professionals. Sue de Muelenaere refreshes our knowledge of 'ABCDEF' as a tool to provide patients with an essential physical assessment.


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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. See Educator Profile


77 Total Rating(s)
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Jennifer Ireland
02 Apr 2020

I really enjoyed this presenter. Very knowledgeable and easy to listen to.

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Kathryn Mutton
30 Mar 2020

This online lecture is great! Very in depth and has help improve my patient assessment

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Frances Mitchell
20 Mar 2020

This resource was very thorough and increased my understanding of the importance of early detection of a deteriorating patient to prevent a negative outcome.

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Saskia Stomps
16 Mar 2020

I believe this lecture was excellent and reinforced the importance of clinical assessment. This online learning covered the topic of clinical assessment. It reinforced existing knowledge, and will help me maintain my mandatory competency. I do not foresee any barriers getting in the way of applying this. I found this session reinforced the importance of accurate and complete clinical assessment with any necessary follow up for further investigation.

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Danielle Maxwell
29 Feb 2020

Excellent resource and presenter. Terrible sound recording.

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Kelly Braddock
23 Feb 2020

Excellent and relevant to all nurses

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Emily Skinner
15 Feb 2020


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Jenny Turton
10 Feb 2020

I enjoy listening to this speaker, a good presentation thank you.

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maryanne chandler
08 Feb 2020

extremely educational

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Catherine Hill
05 Feb 2020

Very knowledgeable.