On Tuesday 11 July, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Nursing Grand Rounds hosted a presentation titled, Stroke nurses improving patient outcomes. The presentation focused on stoke research trials undertaken by the Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) team, and how nurse initiated stroke protocols save lives.
The presenter was Sandy Middleton, Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Research Institute, St Vincent’s Health Australia (Sydney) and Australian Catholic University. Professor Middleton has obtained 71 grants totalling over $22M. She is the lead investigator on the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)-funded T3 Trial: Triage, Treatment and Transfer of patients with stroke in emergency departments. Professor Middleton also led the landmark NHMRC-funded QASC cluster trial, demonstrating decreased death and dependency following implementation of protocols to manage fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing post-stroke, and successfully translated this intervention into all 36 NSW stroke units.
The presentation attracted a number of ACU student nurses, who listened in with interest and enthusiasm.
(L-R) Lucy Walsh, Practice Development Nurse, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne | Deanne Riddington, Manager, Nursing Education Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne | Shantelle Fernandez, ACU Student | Anuja Fernando, ACU Student | Professor Sandy Middleton | Dr Lauren Saunders, Stroke Doctor, Melbourne | Tan Nguyen, Executive Officer Research, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne at the St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Nursing Grand Rounds.