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Cover image for lecture: Recognising Deterioration in Babies and Children

Lecture Overview

This essential lecture, Gerry Silk reminds us of the importance of key messages when it comes to preventing, assessing and escalating clinical deterioration in children and babies. A vital reminder of the importance of listening to the parents and your own gut feelings, as well as observing the child - not just the observation chart!


Portrait of Gerry Silk
Gerry Silk

Gerry has over 40 years of paediatric nursing experience, including 16 years in the emergency department of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. The last 10 years at this renowned hospital were spent as a clinical nurse educator. Gerry then worked for 16 years part-time as a paediatric nurse educator at the Angliss Hospital in Melbourne’s east and also ran her own business in paediatric health education. She retired from clinical nursing in December 2017 but continues with her teaching to nurses and community groups. Her teaching is consistently highly evaluated by participants who attend her lectures. Gerry is also the author of the highly successful Ausmed book entitled <em>Care of Sick Children: A Basic Guide</em> which can be accessed on the Ausmed website. See Educator Profile


65 Total Rating(s)
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Zoe Cahill
20 Mar 2020

informative and well presented

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Natasha Zalewski
18 Mar 2020


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Jean Pankhurst
05 Feb 2020

Good overview of the deteriorating child.

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paul stevenson
08 Jan 2020

clear concise resource valuable reminder to all nurses

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nichola davison
17 Dec 2019

good summary of early recognition of deteriorating pt. very informative

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Levena Leslie West
14 Dec 2019


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Sarah Chatterjee
26 Oct 2019

Good summary of points to consider for early recognition of deterioration.

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Pearl Hampshire
17 Oct 2019

excellent resource for my area of work.

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Jillian Bruxner
16 Oct 2019

A great recap of relevant information. Interesting and very important topic

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Teagan Ryatt
16 Oct 2019

Good lecture, general overview of deteriorating criteria used for children.