Managing the Acutely Ill Patient - Advanced Professional Development [Level HE6] part-time
This module is for any health care professional who may have to provide management of a person who becomes acutely ill. It covers patients in all health care settings but will focus particularly on a hospital context. Study on the course will develop your evidence-based knowledge of acute illness and the practical skills necessary to recognise the condition and provide initial management.
You will be taught the skills required for the assessment, monitoring and management of the acutely ill patient alongside the study of anatomy, physiology and pathology. In addition, you will study legal, professional and interpersonal issues such as leadership communication in emergencies and the importance of incident debrief.
You will learn through a series of simulated patient scenarios, including live simulations, in which you will be expected to participate. Each scenario will present a series of challenges to assist you in relating theory to practice and encourage you to consider your understanding of the clinical circumstances. A spiral curriculum will develop in which you will encounter similar problems in the same domain and this will serve to reinforce your knowledge and transferability of skills.
This module provides initial training as well as post qualifying education that supports the Department of Health’s Modernising Critical Care agenda.
The Airway Breathing and Circulation (ABC) of resuscitation will provide a framework for you to develop your knowledge and skills.
You will revise anatomy and develop your competence in the use of basic and intermediate airway management devices. You will study advanced airway techniques to enable you to assist medical staff in their application.
The assessment of respiratory function and efficacy will be examined. Physical assessment and investigations such as arterial blood gases will be explained and you will be expected to be able to perform a reliable assessment of a patient's respiratory function. Interventions consisting of pharmacological and physical support will be discussed and related to simulated patients. Non invasive and invasive ventilation will be explained and again related to the context of simulated patients.
You will study aspects of circulation including electrocardiographic monitoring and automated external defibrillation in which you will be expected to demonstrate competence. Principles of intropic support will be explained as will the importance of fluid balance.
You will build a short formulary of common drugs which have been encountered promoting an understanding of type, mode of action and function. You will also be made fully aware of the Resuscitation Council protocols for adult advanced life support, and the management of peri-arrest rhythms so that you can contribute effectively to the emergency care of these patients.
The focus of this module will be on medical management. Trauma care will be discussed where there is significant risk to the patient eg cervical spinal care, but trauma management is not the focus of this module.
Each week you will receive directed study materials to complete prior to the next session. Assessments will take place each week in the form of short multiple choice and extended matching questions. In addition, with guidance by peer review and tutor feedback you will reflect on your performance in the simulated scenarios.
This module can be studied as a stand alone Professional Development unit or used towards a BSc Professional Studies (Health and Social Care).
The module is currently being mapped against the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.
Applicants must have an appropriate health and social care related qualification (e.g. registered nurse; assistant practitioner; allied health professional; paramedic)
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