Aim of this module
This module provides trainees with the knowledge that underpins the third year specialist module in Critical Care Science and gives trainees the tools to undertake learning in the workplace. This module will introduce the trainee to a range of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques used in the care of critically ill patients, including electrocardiography, chest X-ray, emergency cardiac pacing and extracorporeal therapies. Trainees will be expected to build and extend their professional practice.
1. Perform electrocardiography in a range of patients and interpret the results.
2. Assist in performing emergency external cardiac pacing in the critical care environment.
3. Set up and manage extracorporeal therapies related to mechanical ventilation (CO2 removal).
4. Identify the normal features of a chest X-ray and some common abnormalities seen in critically ill patients.
|Number||Work-based learning outcome||Title||Knowledge|
|1||1, 2, 3||
Perform all tasks in accordance with relevant procedures/protocols/legislation, including infection control, health and safety, and critical incident reporting, ensuring appropriate patient identity checks are performed and the patient is fully identified on each type of recording.
|2||1, 2, 3||
Respect the dignity, rights, privacy and confidentiality of patients at all times, taking appropriate action to respond to the specific needs of the patients.
|3||1, 2, 3||
Explain the procedure to the patient, if they are fully cognitive, or the relative if present, address any procedure-related questions and gain appropriate consent.
Perform electrocardiogram (ECG) recording in a range of patients, ensuring that an accurate, artefact-free tracing is obtained, modifying the procedure (in accordance with national guidance) if a suitable recording cannot be made. Re-record if necessary.
Identify life-threatening and common ECG abnormalities.
Describe the application of temporary/permanent cardiac pacing.
Assist in performing emergency external cardiac pacing in the critical care environment.
Set up extracorporeal therapies related to mechanical ventilation (CO2 removal).
Manage extracorporeal therapies related to mechanical ventilation (CO2 removal).
Use a systematic approach to identify the features of a normal chest X-ray and identify some common abnormalities seen in critically ill patients.
|You must complete|
|1 Case-based discussion(s)|
|1 of the following DOPS / OCEs|
|Set up and program a haemofilter in order to treat a patient.||DOPS|
|Set the mode and settings on an external cardiac pacemaker.||DOPS|
|Assist the clinician in setting up for Extra corporeal CO2 removal.||OCE|
|Perform a 12 Lead ECG and interpret the trace.||OCE|
|Participate in a medical round and discuss radiological findings.||OCE|
|Participate in a discussion with nurses medical staff relating to the programming of a haemofilter therapy for a specific patient.||OCE|
The academic parts of this module will be detailed and communicated to you by your university. Please contact them if you have questions regarding this module and its assessments. The module titles in your MSc may not be exactly identical to the work-based modules shown in the e-portfolio. Your modules will be aligned, however, to ensure that your academic and work-based learning are complimentary.
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