Postgraduate Course: Intensive Care (IMED11021)
|School||Deanery of Clinical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The 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.
ntensive 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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 5,
Online Activities 30,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Practice an advanced approach to assessment and management of the presentations of critical illness, in the absence of complete information.
- Work with critical knowledge and understanding of specialist judgement in identifying illness severity.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of providing definitive treatment in parallel with resuscitation.
- Practice illness severity assessment, and apply critical analysis to its role in the anticipation of deterioration, and escalation of care, in patient treatment.
- Apply specialised physiological support, monitoring and treatment for a patient who is undergoing intensive care.
|Key articles will be referred to at relevant points during the course.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Within the work to be undertaken this course will provide participants with the opportunity to develop or further develop key graduate attributes:
¿ In-depth knowledge of specialist discipline
¿ Develop new understanding by exercising critical judgement and challenging knowledge
¿ Be a self-directed learner
¿ Solve problems effectively taking ethical, professional and environmental issues into account
¿ Use information responsibly in a range of contexts
¿ Collaborate with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
¿ Communicate (oral, written, online) effectively, respectful of social and cultural diversity
¿ Application of numeracy
¿ Application of IT
|Keywords||Intensive care,Internal Medicine,critical illness,resuscitation,ICU
|Course organiser||Dr Graham Nimmo
|Course secretary||Mrs Krislyn McWilliams-Biles
Tel: (0131 5)37 2506