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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Clinical Sciences : Critical Care

Postgraduate Course: Perioperative Critical Care (CRCA11019)

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 AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of the shared decision-making and optimisation involved in the perioperative care of patients. There are generic and patient-specific challenges that will be highlighted over the 5-week course, and how best to avoid complications. The students will also have the opportunity to appreciate the role of various team members involved in the holistic management of surgical patients.
Course description The course will be divided into 5 weeks, with each week comprising a theme. This course will cover:
1. Introduction to perioperative medicine in high-risk groups
2. Patient-centred and realistic medicine
3. Preoperative and intraoperative measures that influence outcome
4. First 24 hours after surgery
5. An opportunity to meet the team looking after this group of patients
The contrast between elective and emergency surgery and their particular challenges will also be discussed.

The students will be able to achieve an understanding of this subject area by:
1. Appreciating what constitutes a high-risk patient
2. Identifying patients who may require critical care perioperatively
3. Understanding how care can be modified to optimise these patients and reduce their risk
4. Understanding principles of post-operative care after major surgery
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start MVM Online Learning Block 3
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% in course assessment
Feedback Feedback is defined as information to students which allows them to review what they know, understand and can do in their studies. Feedback is also important to identify areas for improvement, for example course feedback surveys will be an integral component of the programme to allow refinement.
Opportunities for feedback arise during timetabled courses, for example during live session tutorials, interactive discussion boards, emails. Feedback can be provided on coursework assignments but also activities which are not formally assessed, for example class discussion on the discussion board, group exercises, problem-solving such as weekly quizzes and developing project plans and proposals. A formative task is provided in each course which provides feedforward prior to the student submitting their first piece of summative assessed course work.

All assignments will be marked and feedback is provided within a period of fifteen working days (where possible) following the submission date (excluding holidays periods whereby the University is closed, e.g. over the Christmas period)
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of perioperative medicine and its importance to patient outcome
  2. Be able to apply knowledge of perioperative scoring systems and risk assessment strategies to the work up of the surgical patient that may require critical care
  3. Recognise and understand the importance of shared decision-making and the role of the multi-disciplinary team in creating reliable systems and improving outcomes
  4. Understand the importance of holistic and patient-centred care / realistic medicine in the perioperative management of high risk surgery
  5. Apply a critical approach to the literature when considering intra-operative care affecting critical care management and outcome
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills
a) Mindset

Enquiry and lifelong learning:
Students will develop their understanding of the emerging specialty of perioperative medicine, and become increasingly aware of their own roles and responsibilities, as part of a wider team, in contributing to the outcome of a surgical patient.
Aspiration and personal development
This module will provide the opportunity for the students to identify areas that interest them within this subject area and explore them further. Their background will be an important factor in deciding which area of perioperative medicine might appeal to them the most, and they might be interested to develop further.
Outlook and engagement
This MSc provides a unique opportunity for the students to discuss and share their own experiences ┬┐ clinical and cultural ┬┐ with their fellow colleagues and with the tutors. These experiences will be extremely valuable to build upon over the course of this module, providing basis for discussions and clinical judgement.

b) Skills:

Research and enquiry
Similar to other modules within the MSc, the students will be encouraged to critically appraise the literature available to decide on the best available evidence when formulating management plans for their patients. This will provide an excellent basis not only for the group discussions, but also for their individual assessments.

Personal and intellectual autonomy
As postgraduates, the students will be expected to direct their own learning as well as participating in learner activities, such as group discussions. Students will be encouraged to become active participants when evaluating and analysing the evidence and points discussed by fellow colleagues.

Personal effectiveness
The students will need to fully engage with the process over the 5 weeks in order to gain the most from the taught content and focus their time for self-directed learning. By maximising these opportunities, they will develop their own knowledge and understanding as well as contributing productively to other students┬┐ learning.

Being a part of a multidisciplinary team requires the clinicians to be excellent at communicating with their team members and other teams involved in patient management. The students will increasingly appreciate this as this module progresses from the first to its final week.
KeywordsRisk assessment,High-risk patient,High-risk surgery,Shared decision-making,Prehabilitation
Course organiserDr Sadia Ghaffar
Course secretaryMrs Kimberley Jamieson
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