Module - Monitoring and Supporting Critically Ill Patients (SPS124)
Clinical experiential learning is the range of activities trainees may undertake in order to gain the experience and evidence to demonstrate their achievement of module competencies and assessments. The list is not definitive or mandatory, but training officers should ensure, as best training practice, that trainees gain as many of these clinical experiences as possible. They should be included in training plans, and once undertaken they should support the completion of module assessments and competencies within the e-portfolio.
Clinical experiential learning
- Observe the preparation and planning for the transfer of an acutely unwell patient, including the pre-transfer communication, and assist in the transfer of critical care patients, reflecting on how the critical care team can minimise the risk and maximise patient safety.
- Observe and assist in performing pathology tests that are commonly required to manage critically ill patients and discuss the role of life sciences in the care of the critically ill patient.
- Observe the work of haematology in blood typing, cross matching and transfusion therapy and discuss the safety processes and possible complications from incorrect use of blood transfusion products.
- Observe and assist in obtaining appropriate microbiological samples and interpretation of the results, discuss with your training officer how clinical findings are integrated with laboratory investigations to form a differential diagnosis.
- Observe the use of fluid management and drug support to treat hypo- and hypertension, and discuss the importance of fluid management in a range of critical care situations with your training officer.
- Attend a meeting at which the outcome of a clinical audit, research, innovation, or service development is presented and discuss with your training supervisor how evidence-based practice is implemented with respect to critical care.
- Observe the application of temperature control devices and assess benefit versus risk of the different modalities.
- Take part in a multidisciplinary meeting and reflect on the way the multidisciplinary team contributes to the care of critically ill patients and their relatives.