Module Acute and Critical Care: Foundations for Practice (level 7)

Course details

Direct Entry

September 2016, 2017

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The aim of this module is to develop advanced knowledge of the principles underpinning the care of adults experiencing acute and critical illness.

You will need to complete an induction prior to commencement of your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the university and your programme of study. Alternatively, classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.

This module covers topics such as:

  • Concepts of critical care and national policy drivers.
  • Patient assessment and monitoring.
  • Haemodynamics and fluid balance.
  • Introduction to 12 Lead ECG and arrhythmia recognition.
  • Pain assessment and management.
  • Effect of acute / critical illness on body systems; including: respiratory, cardiac, renal and nervous systems.
  • Pathophysiology and treatment of shock.
  • Principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  • Care of the dying patient.
  • Ethical, moral and legal issues

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Interrogate and evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions utilised in the management of the acutely ill adult
  • Systematically review the key concepts, theories, evidence, guidelines and policy upon which your practice is based
  • Critically analyse the process of assessment and problem identification in the planning and evaluation of patient care
  • Utilise a client and user focus to enhance acute and critical care practice

Indicative core bibliography

  • Adam S, Welch J & Odell M (2009). Rapid assessment of the acutely ill patient. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Cooper N, Forrest K and Cramp P (2006) Essential guide to acute care. 2nd Ed. Blackwell
  • Esmond G (2008) Non-invasive respiratory support techniques: oxygen therapy, non-invasive ventilation and CPAP. Blackwell
  • Moore T & Woodrow P (2009)) High-dependency nursing care 2nd Ed. Routledge
  • Peate I & Dutton H (2012) Acute nursing care. Pearson
  • Prosser S & McArthur-Rouse F (2007) Assessing and managing the acutely ill surgical patient. Blackwell
  • Wood I & Garner M (2012) Initial management of acute medical patients. A guide for nurses and healthcare practitioners. 2nd Ed. Wiley-Blackwell.
Programme specification (PDF)

Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to study this module, you must demonstrate the ability to study at this level and commit to attempting the assessment.

When taken as part of a specific named award, the module content and assessment must be focused towards the subject of that award. Participation in the formative components of the module is required in order to pass the module.

The closing date for applications is 5 working days prior to the module start date or, if this is your first module, 5 working days prior to the induction date.

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