Module Acute Illness and Long Term Conditions in Pre-Hospital Emergency Care

Course details

Direct Entry

September 2016, 2017; January 2017

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The aim of this module is to develop knowledge of the principles underpinning the care of adults experiencing acute illness including acute exacerbation of long term condition.

This module covers topics such as: concepts of emergency care and national policy drivers, patient assessment and monitoring including 12 Lead ECG, arrhythmia recognition, pain assessment and management. Effect of acute / critical illness and exacerbation of long term conditions on body systems including respiratory, cardiac, renal and nervous systems, pathophysiology and treatment of shock, principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and care of the dying patient.

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

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

Indicative Core Bibliography

  • Adam S, Welch J and Odell M (2009) Rapid assessment of the acutely ill patient. John Wiley and Sons.
  • Caroline N (2007) Emergency Care in the Streets 6th Ed Jones & Bartlett
  • Cooper N, Forrest K and Cramp P (2006) Essential guide to acute care 2nd Ed. Blackwell
  • Department of Health (2005) Quality critical care: Beyond comprehensive critical care. DOH, London
  • Esmond G (2008) Non-invasive respiratory support techniques: oxygen therapy, non-invasive ventilation and CPAP. Blackwell
  • Prosser S and McArthur-Rouse F (2007) Assessing and managing the acutely ill surgical patient. Blackwell
  • Wardrope, J, Driscoll P, Laird C, Woollard M (2008) Community Emergency Medicine A system of Assessment and Care Pathways Churchill Livingstone
Programme specification (PDF)

Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to study this module, students 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 focussed towards the subject of that award. Students must participate in the formative components of the module in order to successfully pass the module. All individual elements of the summative assessment must be passed 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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This module can be studied as part of the DipHE in Paramedic Science.

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