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Paediatric Assessment: Understanding Children’s Physiological Differences

The phrase ‘children are just tiny adults’ hold little truth and our assessment and management must consider these differences. Understanding how to perform a paediatric assessment & why different aspects are considered is vital for all nurses who encounter children in their clinical work.

Course Overview

When assessing children with respiratory distress, clinicians need to be reminded that babies and small children are a “work in progress” as far as lung function and physiology are concerned. In this session, we look at not just respiratory differences but touch on thermoregulation, cardiac and other physiological differences in a child’s development.

The purpose of this webinar is to ensure that nurses are aware of physiological differences between adults and children.

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Gain an awareness of physiological differences in respiratory, cardiac and thermoregulation
  • Receive information about how children respond differently in shock to adults.
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of maintaining a warm, pink, sweet child
  • Acquire knowledge and tips for calculating critical tube numbers in children.

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Jan 2019

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Mar 2021

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Rob Timmings

Nurse Educator


Rob has been a nurse for more than 30 years with a background in emergency, psychiatry & hyperbarics. I have worked in Brisbane’s largest trauma units, & in Queensland’s most remote farther reaches as a remote nurse.

He has been a full-time nurse educator for 15 years and regularly takes remote area contracts to remain clinically current. He has taught to the Australian College of Emergency Nursing (ACEN) in their popular Trauma Nursing Core Course TNCC (ENA: USA between 2000 -2008) & continues to openly endorse this course despite no longer being affiliated with them.

In 2004, he co-developed the Queensland Health Rural nursing programs called PACS and PEPEN. Published in 2006 in his research interest – Rural and Isolated Practice nursing (RIPERN), and in 2013, was honoured by being nominated & voted one of Australia’s top 5 most Influential Nurses in an online survey by Nursing Review, & was interviewed by ABC Radio.

He is a self-confessed Trauma Junkie, and as an academic with casual appointments at USQ, he remains a passionate advocate for rural & remote nursing education.