Elsa is a registered adult nurse and specialist neonatal intensive care nurse. She has clinical experience in acute and critical care as well as clinical research, clinical education and global health. She joined ARU in August 2020 as a Senior Lecturer in pre-registration Adult Nursing.
Elsa is a registered adult nurse and specialist neonatal intensive care nurse. She has worked as a nurse in different countries and healthcare settings.
Elsa has a specialisation in Neonatal Intensive Care and an MSc in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin. Her dissertation was a qualitative exploration of the healthcare service experiences of immigrant parents of infants admitted to a NICU in central Dublin.
She has worked with Médecins Sans Frontieres in a HIV/AIDS project in rural Zimbabwe and is a core member of the Neonatal Nurses Teaching in Botswana, a Cambridge Global Health Partnerships/ MoH Botswana initiative since 2016.
She is currently a PhD candidate in Ghent University. Her thesis looks at the impact of neonatal late-onset sepsis in the mortality and morbidities of infants admitted to NICU.
Elsa's research interests are primarily (as a doctoral student), neonatal outcomes related to NICU admission. Furthermore, she is interested in exploring the impact of nurses’ and student nurses’ education in patient outcomes, as well as the overall impact of migration in healthcare.
Elsa is a personal tutor to Assistant Practitioners Foundation Degree in Cambridge. She also supports teaching across all three years of the BSc in Adult and Child Nursing, both in theory and skills sessions.
As a Safe Medicate tutor for Cambridgeshire, Elsa helps students with the safe calculations and handling of medicines that is required to become registered with the NMC upon completion of the nursing degree.
Martins, K., Wagg, A., Afonso, E. 2022 Supervision skills in pre-registration nursing through peer teaching: An evaluative survey. Heliyon. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e11398
Afonso, E., Conoscenti, E., Blot, S., 2020. Combination antimicrobial therapy in Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteremia. European Journal of Paediatrics, 179(12), pp. 1997-1998. doi: 10.1007/s00431-020-03748-8
Labeau, S. O., Afonso, E., Benbenishty, J., Blackwood, B., Boulanger, C., Brett, S. J., Calvino-Gunther, S., Chaboyer, W., Coyer, F., Deschepper, M., François, G., Honore, P. M., Jankovic, R., Khanna, A. K., Llaurado-Serra, M., Lin, F., Rose, L., Rubulotta, F., Saager, L., Williams, G., Blot, S. I., DecubICUs Study Team, European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) Trials Group Collaborators, 2020. Prevalence, associated factors and outcomes of pressure injuries in adult intensive care unit patients: the DecubICUs study. Intensive Care Medicine, 47(2), pp. 160-169. doi: 10.1007/s00134-020-06234-9
Webbe, J. W. H., Duffy, J. M. N., Afonso, E., Al-Muzaffar, I., Brunton, G., Greenough, A., Hall, N. J., Knight, M., Latour, J. M., Lee-Davey, C., Marlow, N., Noakes, L., Nycyk, J., Richard-Löndt, A., Wills-Eve, B., Modi, N., Gale, C., 2020. Core outcomes in neonatology: development of a core outcome set for neonatal research. Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition, 105(4)., pp. 425-431. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2019-317501
Davis, S., Afonso, E., 2020. Peripherally inserted central catheters: More than location, location, location? Intensive & critical care nursing, 60, 102887. doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2020.102887
Afonso, E.., Blot, S., 2019. Late onset sepsis in NICU - are we are all looking through the same lens? Infectious Diseases (Lond), 51(8), pp. 625-626. doi: 10.1080/23744235.2018.1546898
Afonso, E., Lizy, C., Blot, S., 2017. Bridging the knowledge-practice gap: a key issue in the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. Contemporary Nurse, 53(6), pp. 713-715. doi: 10.1080/10376178.2017.1416307
Afonso, E., Blot, S., 2017. Effect of gestational age on the epidemiology of late-onset sepsis in neonatal intensive care units - a review. Expert Review in Anti-Infective Therapy, 15(10), pp. 917-924. doi: 10.1080/14787210.2017.1379394
Lizy, C., Afonso, E., Blot, S., 2017. Bacteriuria and Risk Factors for Bacteremia. American Journal of Critical Care, 26(4). pp. 268. doi: 10.4037/ajcc2017736
Afonso, E., Blot, K., Blot, S., 2016. Prevention of hospital-acquired bloodstream infections through chlorhexidine gluconate-impregnated washcloth bathing in intensive care units: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised crossover trials. Euro Surveillance , 21(46), 30400. doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.46.30400
Afonso, E., Blot, S., 2017. The value of direct observation to reduce catheter- associated urinary tract infection. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 41, pp. 1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2017.03.013
Afonso, E., Llauradó, M., Gallart, E., 2013. The value of chlorhexidine gluconate wipes and prepacked washcloths to prevent the spread of pathogens - a systematic review. Australian Critical Care, 26(4), pp. 158-66. doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2013.05.001
Afonso, E., 2021. Neonatal Nurses Education Project in Botswana. International Nurses' Day event, East of England Neonatal Network, 12 November 2021.
Afonso, E., 2021. Mortality Associated to Late-Onset sepsis in the NICU. Poster presentation, ESICM Lives 2021, 7 October 2021.