07:00 – 08:15
THURSDAY 16 JUNE
BREAKFAST SESSION 2
Early detection of patient deterioration in the ED
Did you know that abnormal respiratory rate has been shown to be an important predictor of serious events, such as cardiac arrest and admission to an ICU? A way to ensure patient safety and optimal care is to continuously monitor key vital signs, including respiratory rate. While this sounds easy, finding a simple and reliable way to support monitoring patients in the waiting room has been a challenge. This session explores the challenge of late detection of patient deterioration in the ED as well as the tools available to meet this challenge.
Chair/speaker: Mr Benjamin Edwards
Ben Edwards is the segment leader for Patient Monitoring & Cardiology in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Region. His areas of interest are in early detection of deterioration and using technology to provide patient-centred care.
Ben graduated from UTS with a nursing degree and has worked in the ICU & ED as a clinical nurse. Ben has been working with GE Healthcare for the past 10 years and was involved with the government teams in the pandemic response to ventilator and ICU bed occupancy. His interests include lung protective ventilation strategies, indirect calorimetry and digital transformational strategies.