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Postgraduate Course: Management of Life-Threatening Emergencies (PAMA11029)

Course Outline
School School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health College College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits 10
Home subject area Pain Management Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description This course formally brings together all the experience that has been acquired from previous courses and in the workplace as it relates to the management of emergencies. During this course, trainees should develop the appropriate level of knowledge, skills and attitudes in relation to the following:
1) The practice of resuscitation to ILS (intermediate life support) standard (as a minimum)
2) Can't intubate, can't ventilate: emergency airways
3) Bronchospasm, laryngospasm
4) Prevention of aspiration, management of regurgitation
5) Anaphylaxis and adverse drug reactions
6) Major blood loss and shock
7) Management of intra-operative death

In meeting the above outcomes, students will be required to demonstrate clinical insight, critical thinking and evaluation. Students are expected to demonstrate these qualities in all assessments, but there is a particular focus on these higher level cognitive skills in vignette-based Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and in Problem Based Learning (PBL).

Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs n/a
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Flexible, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class First class information not currently available
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The learning outcomes for this programme are designed to encompass the knowledge, skills and attitude that practitioners must achieve to become anaesthesia practitioners. On completion of this 12 course programme the student/learner must:
A. Be able to elicit a full history from the patient which identifies potential problems, before, during and post anaesthesia and to communicate this information to all members of the team.
B. Demonstrate a good working knowledge of anaesthetic pharmacology and be able to articulate in theory and practice the physiological action of these drugs and their interaction with prescribed drugs that patients may be taking.
C. Demonstrate a clear knowledge of the physiological changes which occur in all of the systems of the body during and after anaesthesia and be able to use the information to access the patient's wellbeing during and post anaesthesia.
D. Be able to use their knowledge of physiology to identify the needs of a patient who may be an anaesthetic risk due to a pre-existing medical condition.
E. Have achieved a clear working knowledge of anatomy of the respiratory, cardiovascular system and the spinal cord and brain in order to induce anaesthesia and undertake emergency resuscitative procedures.
F. Be able to demonstrate a clear working knowledge of the physics relevant to anaesthesia and to use that knowledge to monitor and measure patients' wellbeing during and after anaesthesia.
G. Have developed the skills to reflect in and on their practice and to use the outcomes of the reflection for personal development and development, innovation and change in practice.
H. Have developed the ability to support the learning of colleagues entering practice.
Assessment Information
To gain the credits for this course, students must have achieved a pass in each of the following individual components: Record of In-training Experience(RITE); Clinical Skills Workbook (CSW); Objective Strucutred Clinical Examination (OSCE); and in the combined Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) + Problem Based Learning(PBL)+ OSCE. RITE are CSW are pass / fail components only, although students will receive qualitative feedback on their performance.

The course score is based solely on the following components, weighted as shown: MCQ 20% PBL 20% OSCE 60%
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Course organiser Prof Ian Power
Course secretary Dr Sarah Henderson
Tel: (0131) 242 6399
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