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Anita course and subject coordinates into the area of Aeromedical Retrieval in the College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences.   Anita has an undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing Science Degree with postgraduate qualifications in Intensive Care, Clinical Teaching, Academic Teaching, a Diploma of Midwifery and a Masters of Advanced Nursing Practice.  Anita was fortunate to complete the Aviation Nursing Course through the Royal Australian Air force.  Anita has worked for the past 16 years with the Royal Flying Doctors Service Queensland Section as both a Flight Nurse and Clinical Educator.  Anita has been involved with the JCU Aeromedical course since May 2012.  

Teaching
  • TM5560: Foundations of Aeromedical Retrieval (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5566: Essential Skills in Aeromedical Retrievals (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5576: Adult Secondary Retrievals (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5577: Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5581: Expedition and Wilderness Medicine (Level 5; TSV)
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Emergency Medicine Foundation - Emerge grant

External Ventricular Devices in Aeromedical Retrieval - are they safe?

Indicative Funding
$9,734 over 1 year
Summary
Nationally, 1-2% of th population will sustain a significant bleed due to the rupture of an abnormal ballooning of the blood vessels within the brain. A complicaiton of this, called hydrocephalus, requires a drain to be inserted into the brain to reduce excessive fluid build-up, until the definitive management is achieved. Advances in interventional radiology techniques such as endovascular coiling have become common practice in the management of these patients. In Queensland, endovascular coiling is mostly performed in Brisbane, and therefore patients outside of the Brisbane area are required to travel for this treatment. For critically unwell patients in North Queensland, the only option is aeromedical retrieval. This area of aeromedical retrieval has not been previously explored therefore this project will look at the safety of aeromedical transports of patients with an invasive drain in a patient's brain to work towards Statewide guidelines.
Investigators
Anita Wall and Richard Franklin (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Aeromedical Retrieval; Altitude; External Ventricular Devices; Patient Safety; Clinical Practice Guidelines

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