This module will enhance the ability of health care providers to recognise and manage the health care needs of acutely ill children.
You will need to complete an induction prior to commencement of your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the university and your programme of study. Alternatively, classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.
Health assessment strategies, models and tools used to recognise the acutely ill / deteriorating child. The 'acute abdomen' presentation e.g. peritonitis, intussusception, volvulus. Neurological signs (meningism, raised intracranial pressure, seizures, altered neurological states). Respiratory distress & cardiovascular compromise (e.g. asthma, bronchiolitis, stridor, FBAO, congenital heart defects, endocarditis). Emergency life support, thermal injuries, poisoning. Overwhelming sepsis. Trauma and accidental injury, compensated and decompensated shock.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion, you will be able to:
- Develop knowledge and understanding of acute presentations in children including red flag diagnoses and red flag symptoms
- Discuss the health assessment and treatment of the acutely ill child
- Evaluate appropriate early warning and other tools and investigations which will assist the practitioner in detecting the deteriorating condition of the child
- Review the management of critically ill children within your area of practice
- Reflect upon the application of the knowledge and understanding gained to your practice
Indicative core bibliography
- Barnes, K. (2003) Paediatrics: A Clinical Guide for Nurse Practitioners, Oxford, Butterworth Heinemann.
- BMA /Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, BNF for Children 2010-2012 BMJ Publishing Group.
- Cameron, P et. Al (2011) Textbook of Paediatric Emergency Medicine (2nd ed.), Philadelphia, Churchill Livingstone
- Candy, D. Davies G Ross E (2006) Clinical Paediatrics and Child Health, Edinburgh, Elsevier.
- Cleaver, K. & Webb, J. (eds) (2007) Emergency Care of Children and Young People. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing
- Cockett, A. & Day, H. (eds) (2010) Children's High Dependency Nursing. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
- Core competencies for the care of acutely ill and injured children and young people. (2006) NHS Education for Scotland
- Dixon, M., Crawford, D., Teasdale, D. & Murphy, J. (eds) (2009) Nursing the Highly Dependent Child or Infant. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
- Duderstadt,K (2006) Pediatric Physical Examination: An Illustrated Handbook. St Louis, Mosby
- Engel J (2006) Pediatric Assessment (5th Ed) St Louis Mosby
- Goldbloom, R (2010) Pediatric Clinical Skills: (4th ed.) Edinburgh, Saunders
- Hay, W., Levin, M.J., Deterding, R.R.& Sondheimer, J.M. (2008) (19thed.) Current Pediatric Diagnosis and Treatment New York; Lange/ McGraw Hill.
- Miall, L., Rudolf, M., Levene, M. (2007) Paediatrics at a Glance. Oxford Butterworth Science.
- Snelson, E. (2011) The Essential Clinical Handbook for Common Paediatric Cases. London: BPP Learning Media
- Twycross, A., Dowden, S. & Bruce, L. (eds) (2009) Managing Pain in Children: A Clinical Guide. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell
Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.
The module can only be accessed by RN (Child)/ RSCN or students who have previously studied successfully module HMFG6006 Common Childhood Conditions and module HMFG6003 Child Health, or their equivalent.
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Having completed this module you may wish to bring these 20 credits into the University Advanced Diploma (UAD) Practice Development: Emergency Care. Please discuss this opportunity with the module leader before completion of the module.
Alternatively, you may wish to use this module towards one of our top-up degrees: BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice or BSc (Hons) Practice Development.
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