Professional/Short course Care of the Acutely Ill Adult

Entry year
2024/25
Course code
UZWR19203
Application
University
Level
Professional/Short Course
School
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Campus
Distance learning
Duration
11 weeks
Delivery
Online
Course Director
Phil Sayce

20 credit level 6 or level 7 module

Page last updated 12 October 2023

Introduction

You may be able to study these modules at Level 6 (BSc level) or Level 7 (Masters level) depending on your academic circumstances. Please contact the CPD Team or the Module Leader for advice if you are unsure which level would be best for you.

The 20 credit Care of the Acutely Ill Adult module, available at level 6 (UZWR19-20-3) or level 7 (UZWR1A-20-M), will allow you to critically identify and interpret the appropriate course of action for a client with deteriorating respiratory and/or cardiovascular status.

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • critically analyse a client's condition using knowledge of altered respiratory and cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology.
  • critically evaluate communication and documentation issues relating to acute care in context of your own work environment.
  • selectively analyse issues relating to the assessment and management of cognitive/neurological deterioration relevant to your own client group.
  • analyse and discriminate between the clinical presentation in relation to the physiological response to infection and possible sepsis.

Entry requirements

You must be a registered healthcare practitioner working in an environment where you encounter patients with acute physiological deterioration.

Careers / Further study

The Level 6 (undergraduate level) module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care
  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Award

The level 7 (Masters level) module can contribute towards:

  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Awards

Structure

Content

The module syllabus typically includes:

Respiratory deterioration; assessment and management

  • Applied physiology, pathophysiology,
  • Chest X-ray interpretation and  Arterial blood gas analysis
  • Oxygen therapy & Nebulizer therapy
  • Non-invasive respiratory support, Tracheostomy, tracheal suction and other airway maintenance strategies

Cardiovascular deterioration; assessment and management

  • Applied cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology
  • Monitoring cardiac and vascular pressures
  • Cardiovascular drugs & fluid therapy

Communication

  • Track and trigger systems and Communication tools
  • Breaking bad news

Host response to Infection

  • Host response
  • Inflammation
  • Sepsis

Detecting neurological deterioration

  • Neurological/ cognitive assessment
  • Acute confusional states & acute severe headache

Above content mapped against:   Department of Health (2009) Competencies for recognising and responding to acutely ill patients in hospital. (Recogniser and Primary responder)

Learning and Teaching

The entire module is delivered online. You will undertake a variety of non-synchronous learning tasks including discussion boards, wikis and guided online reading. Audio visual and Interactive media will be employed where appropriate such as quizzes, exercises, and video tutorials.

Core information will be provided on blackboard and will draw upon and direct you to the wealth of material available via the internet including, videos, webinars, tutorials and simulations. There will recommended but not essential practical learning experiences (for example a visit to the operating theatre).

The module is structured into two large and two smaller themes

a)   Respiratory

b)   Cardiovascular

c)   Communication

d)   Host response to infection

Core material in relation to these topics is provided online and organised according to the theme. There is an inherent progression within respiratory and cardiovascular themes which starts at physiology and ends at management.

You are free to study at your own pace and "surfing" beyond core topics (but with relevance to your own practice) is encouraged. PDF files, links or digitised copies of any essential reading will be provided.

The remaining 18 contact hours will be non-synchronous learning through discussion, collaboration (wiki) and individual communication with allocated team member.

Study time

A total of 48 hours in the form of online seminars, lectures and activities online contact time with a module team member this maybe synchronous in the form of a Collaborate webinar within blackboard, or text based synchronous discussion board or similar online media.

Assessment

You will be expected to undertake a series of 5 x 10 minute online activities throughout the module, timed at specific module weeks and embedded in the learning process.

A 1,500 word assignment will allow for application of the knowledge gained in the online activities to the management of the deteriorating patient.

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding and learning in several interactive quizzes and activities with feedback throughout the module. These activities will also prepare you for engagement with the summative elements described below.

Features

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

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Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Dates

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How to apply

Please click on the Apply Now button to apply for your CPD module, which you can take as a stand-alone course or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Extra information

If the course you are applying for is fully online or blended learning, please note that you are expected to provide your own headsets/microphones.

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