This module covers the foundations of acute/critical illness presentation, including patient assessment, monitoring, and the effect of acute/critical illness on body systems.
Areas of study include:
- Concepts of critical care and national policy drivers.
- Patient assessment and monitoring.
- Haemodynamics and fluid balance.
- Introduction to 12 Lead ECG and arrhythmia recognition.
- Effect of acute / critical illness on body systems; including: respiratory, cardiac, renal and nervous systems.
- Pathophysiology and treatment of shock.
- Principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
- Ethical, moral and legal issues.
On successful completion, you will be able to:
- Interrogate and evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions utilised in the management of the acutely ill adult
- Systematically review the key concepts, theories, evidence, guidelines and policy upon which your practice is based
- Critically analyse the process of assessment and problem identification in the planning and evaluation of patient care
- Utilise a client and user focus to enhance acute and critical care practice
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.
To be eligible to study this module, you must be working in an acute care environment and have at least 6 months experience in the speciality. If you have studied the equivalent module at Level 6 you will not be able to study the Level 7 version.
You must demonstrate the ability to study at this level and commit to attempting the assessment.
When taken as part of a specific named award, the module content and assessment must be focused towards the subject of that award. Participation in the formative components of the module is required in order to pass the module.
The closing date for applications is 5 working days prior to the module start date or, if this is your first module, 5 working days prior to the induction date.
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