Aim of this module
This module provides trainees with the knowledge that underpins this third year specialist module in Vascular Science. It will provide trainees with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to safely contribute to the diagnosis of acute lower limb deep venous thrombosis and superficial thrombophlebitis.
1. Triage request for investigation of a patient with suspected DVT and prepare the room and equipment.
2. Prepare the patient and take a clinical history.
3. Perform scans on patients with suspected DVT.
4. Interpret, explain and report results.
|Number||Work-based learning outcome||Title||Knowledge|
Triage request for investigation of a patient with suspected DVT.
Set up equipment and room ready for a DVT investigation.
Control infection risks associated with DVT investigations in accordance with departmental protocols.
Minimise risks and hazards during the DVT investigation in compliance with health and safety policies.
Explain the procedure to the patient, address any procedure related questions they may have and provide information on how the patient will be informed of the results.
Obtain clinical history from the patient pertinent to a DVT investigation.
Gain informed consent for the DVT investigation.
Perform an ultrasound scan using B Mode to identify normal venous anatomy in the leg (above and below knee).
Perform an ultrasound scan using colour Doppler and spectral Doppler to demonstrate the haemodynamics of normal leg veins (above and below knee).
Perform an ultrasound scan to identify an above- knee DVT.
Perform an ultrasound scan to identify a calf DVT.
Perform an ultrasound scan to identify an incidental finding, e.g. Baker’s cyst, superficial thrombophlebitis.
Produce an interpretive report of investigations.
Recognise the pitfalls and limitations of the investigation.
Ensure results are given in a timely manner with appropriate action for urgent findings.
|You must complete|
|2 Case-based discussion(s)|
|2 of the following DOPS / OCEs|
|Perfom and analyse an above knee DVT scan groin to popliteal||DOPS|
|Perform and analyse a below knee DVT scan calf vessels||DOPS|
|Perform and analyse a proximal DVT scan Iliac veins vena cava||DOPS|
|Perform and analyse a superficial venous scan to assess for thrombophlebitis||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret a complete diagnostic scan on a new patient with suspected DVT.||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret a complete diagnostic scan on a patient with previous history of DVT.||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret a complete diagnostic scan on a follow up patient to assess for clot propagagtion of either superficial thromboplebitis or DVT.||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret a complete diagnostic scan on a morbidly obese patient.||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret a complete diagnostic scan on an immobile patient in a wheelchair||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret a complete diagnostic scan on an immobile patient on a trolley bed||DOPS|
|Introduce yourself to the patient and confirm their identity||OCE|
|Explain the DVT scan procedure and purpose to the patient||OCE|
|Obtain patient consent for the DVT scan||OCE|
|Obtain the relavant clinic history and symptoms pertinent to the DVT scan.||OCE|
|Prepare and position a mobile patient for the DVT scan||OCE|
|Prepare and position a patient with mobility difficulties for the DVT scan||OCE|
|Communicate with the patient during the scan to explain the practical aspects of the procedure e.g. compression||OCE|
|Explain exhalation inhalation or valsalva technique to DVT patient.||OCE|
|Explain the DVT scan findings to the patient||OCE|
|Explain what happens with the DVT scan results||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.