Emergency and Critical Care Nursing

Researcher

Research Overview

The major area of emphasis of this program of work relates to the development of interventions for optimising the safety and quality of care provided to patients in emergency and critical care environments. The research focuses on two specific aspects of care: 1) access and resource allocation, and 2) clinical risk management.  All activities included in the program articulate with a series of inter-connected teaching and knowledge transfer activities. Utilisation of this work is enhanced by the strong partnerships within the health care industry and with government. These linkages have enabled rapid implementation of research findings into practice and support the integration of research outcomes in policy.

Recently completed projects

  • Gerdtz MF & Knott JK. (2014) Improving safety and security in Victorian Hospitals Priority Fund- Management of Clinical Aggression in the Emergency Department at Melbourne Health ($25,000).
  • Knott JK., Gerdtz MF., Daniel C,, Dearie V., Holsheimer A. (2014). Violence prevention and     management - Standards for development of training and organisational responses in Victorian health services. Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. ($140,000).
  • Gerdtz, M, Santamaria, N, Waite R, Vassiliou T (2013). Improving transitions from the ED: evaluating the effect of an evidence-based protocol on safety and quality of care. Melbourne Health Home Lottery Grant in Aid ($25,000).
  • Gerdtz, M, Santamaria, N, Waite R, Vassiliou T (2013). Improving patient discharge from the ED: evaluating the effect of an evidence-based protocol on safety and quality of care. Nurse’s Board of Victoria Legacy League Limited and Melbourne Health Grant in Aid ($20,000).
  • Gerdtz MF and Daniel C (2010). A rapid training intervention for sustaining skills in the management of clinical aggression in Emergency Departments. Funded by The Victorian Department of Health Nurse Policy Branch ($60,000).

RHD student work

  • Polly Duffton (2015-current). Unscheduled Emergency Department Presentations by Cancer Patients.
  • Cathy Daniel (2012-2015). An evaluation of violence risk screening at triage in one Australian emergency department.

Collaborators

  • Melbourne Health – Royal Melbourne Hospital Emergency Department
  • The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) – Prof Joy Duxbury

Funding

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Victorian Managed Insurance Authority
  • Nurses Board of Victoria Legacy limited