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Postgraduate Course: Intensive Care (GMED11119)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe purpose of this course will be to focus on improving the recognition, assessment and management of the critically ill patient, both during the initial phase of management, and following admission to intensive care. The assessment for the course will ensure that students demonstrate the practice of a standard approach to assessment, diagnosis and treatment of common presentations of critical illness. They will show demonstrable skills in the application of physiological monitoring for the severely ill patient, and continuing resuscitation, physiological support and treatment for a patient who is undergoing intensive care.
Course description Intensive Care, also referred to as critical care, is that clinical praxis concerned with the treatment of patients with, at risk of, or recovering from potentially life-threatening failure of one or more of the body's organ systems. It includes the practice of resuscitation, and the provision of advanced physiological monitoring, advanced organ support (often multiple), diagnosis and disease management in the context of the most gravely ill patients in the hospital, and end of life care, provision of symptom control, and support of the family.

This course is structured as an online distance learning course which will educate current doctors in the key areas involved in clinical intensive care. These include, but are not limited to, demonstrating a working knowledge of the ABCDEF approach to assessment and treatment of the acutely ill adult patient, including the use of early warning systems; the importance of making a diagnosis, and providing definitive treatment, in parallel with resuscitation; the use of physiological monitoring for the severely ill patient; illness severity assessment and its role in the anticipation of deterioration, and escalation of care.

The student should also be able to show applied knowledge of the mechanisms, causes and management of respiratory failure; the pathophysiological types, presentation and management of shock; use of monitoring for the critically ill patient; sedation and analgesia in the critically ill; critical illness neurology including delirium; the presentation and management of acute kidney injury and the presentation and management of liver failure.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Online Activities 10, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 58 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Discussion Board - 50%
Online Exam - 50%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Practice an advanced approach to assessment and management of the presentations of critical illness, in the absence of complete information.
  2. Work with critical knowledge and understanding of specialist judgement in identifying illness severity.
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of providing definitive treatment in parallel with resuscitation.
  4. Practice illness severity assessment, and apply critical analysis to its role in the anticipation of deterioration, and escalation of care, in patient treatment.
  5. Apply specialised physiological support, monitoring and treatment for a patient who is undergoing intensive care.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsIntensive care,Internal Medicine,critical illness,resuscitation,ICU
Course organiserDr Graham Nimmo
Course secretaryMrs Krislyn Mcwilliams-Biles
Tel: (0131 5)37 2506
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