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 and screening of peripheral arterial disease (macro and microvascular), abdominal aortic aneursyms and intracranial lesions (for sickle cell). This module will provide trainees with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to safely contribute to the screening of patients with suspected abdominal aortic aneursym (AAA) and peripheral arterial disease (ABPIs). It will also provide trainees with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to obtain transcranial Doppler (TCD) images and measurements of the peripheral microvascular system.
1. Perform ultrasound scans on patients with suspected abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).
2. Perform resting and post-exercise Doppler assessment of patients with suspected peripheral arterial disease.
3. Obtain transcranial Doppler (TCD) spectra of the intracranial cerebrovascular circulation.
4. Obtain measurements of the microvascular system.
|Number||Work-based learning outcome||Title||Knowledge|
Perform an ultrasound scan using B Mode to identify and measure a normal abdominal aorta.
Perform an ultrasound scan using colour Doppler and spectral Doppler to demonstrate the haemodynamics of a normal abdominal aorta.
Perform ultrasound scans to identify and measure an AAA.
Obtain and fully interpret resting Doppler signals from all pedal pulses, measure blood pressure and calculate resting ABPI.
Exercise the patient obtaining and fully interpreting resting and post- exercise ABPI measurements.
Obtain transcranial Doppler spectra of the intracranial cerebrovascular circulation identify the middle cerebral artery (MCA), anterior cerebral artery (ACA) and posterior cerebral artery (PCA).
Obtain measurements of the microvascular system using thermography, laser Doppler, transcutaneous O2 or nailfold
|You must complete|
|2 Case-based discussion(s)|
|2 of the following DOPS / OCEs|
|Perform and interpret a complete AAA screening B Mode scan on a new patient||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret a resting ABPI on a new patient||DOPS|
|Obtain and measure Doppler TCD spectra of the intracranial cerebrovascular circulation.||DOPS|
|Obtain measurements of the microvascular system using one technique.||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret a complete diagnostic scan on a AAA surveillence patient, including assessment of the iliac and common femoral arteries.||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret resting and exercise ABPIs on a new patient referred for claudication.||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret a microvascular investigation on a new patient||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret a complete AAA diagnostic scan on patient referred from the screening programme for non visualisation of aorta.||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret an ABPI on a patient with critical ischaemia.||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret an ABPI on an immobile patient with leg ulcers on the ward.||DOPS|
|Explain the AAA scan procedure and purpose to the patient||OCE|
|Explain the ABPI procedure and purpose to the patient||OCE|
|Obtain patient consent for the AAA scan||OCE|
|Obtain the relavant clinic history and symptoms pertinent to the ABPI test.||OCE|
|Prepare and position a mobile patient for a microvascular investigation.||OCE|
|Prepare and position a patient for a TCD scan.||OCE|
|Communicate with the patient during the exercise testing to ensure safe compliance and elicit clinical information.||OCE|
|Explain the ABPI findings findings to the patient.||OCE|
|Explain the microvascular scan findings to the patient||OCE|
|Explain what happens with the AAA 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.