Core Module Information
Module title: Initial Monitoring and Management of the Critically Ill Patient

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: NMS09165
Module leader: Pam Ramsay
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module will consolidate on the previous module Foundations in critical care for remote and rural areas (NMS1111xx), by application of knowledge to clinical situations.
Initial monitoring and interventions including:
Sepsis, respiratory failure, acute coronary syndromes, renal emergencies, neurological emergencies and trauma. (LO1, 2)
effective stabilisation, handover and transfer of the person who is clinically deteriorating (LO 3,4)
Situation awareness, crisis resource management and teamwork (LO4).
Reflection, portfolio development, writing and IT skills, including poster presentation (LO4).
Specific monitoring interventions, arterial line, central venous pressure, capnography, advanced airway management.
Maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance.
Therapeutic interventions for people with, for example, acute kidney injury, acute brain injury, management of raised intracranial pressure.
Providing reassurance and information needs.
Non- technical skills including coping mechanisms and situational awareness
Self-awareness, teamwork and human factors.

This will include a one-week clinical critical care placement in an acute care centre. Students will be expected to exercise autonomy and initiative through the completion of clinical work based competencies under the guidance of the module leader and clinical educators.

Simulation based clinical assessment scenarios will provide learning experiences in a safe environment, allowing for, and promotion of safe, reliable and up to date critical care nursing practice.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Using a case based approach, interpret clinical findings and justify the decision making process related to a patient who is clinically deteriorating.

LO2: Relate specific monitoring interventions to patients' physiology.

LO3: Evaluate the rationale and criteria for effective stabilisation and transfer of a patient who is clinically deteriorating.

LO4:Discuss your approach to interprofessional working in relation to management of clinically deteriorating patients through reflection on your learning and practice.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment

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