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Postgraduate Course: Intensive Care (IMED11021)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe purpose of this course will be to focus on improving the recognition, assessment and management of the critically ill patient, both during the initial phase of management, and following admission to intensive care. The assessment for the course will ensure that students demonstrate the practice of a standard approach to assessment, diagnosis and treatment of common presentations of critical illness. They will show demonstrable skills in the application of physiological monitoring for the severely ill patient, and continuing resuscitation, physiological support and treatment for a patient who is undergoing intensive care.
Course description Intensive Care, also referred to as critical care, is that clinical praxis concerned with the treatment of patients with, at risk of, or recovering from potentially life-threatening failure of one or more of the body's organ systems. It includes the practice of resuscitation, and the provision of advanced physiological monitoring, advanced organ support (often multiple), diagnosis and disease management in the context of the most gravely ill patients in the hospital, and end of life care, provision of symptom control, and support of the family.

This course is structured as an online distance learning course which will educate current doctors in the key areas involved in clinical intensive care. These include, but are not limited to, demonstrating a working knowledge of the ABCDEF approach to assessment and treatment of the acutely ill adult patient, including the use of early warning systems; the importance of making a diagnosis, and providing definitive treatment, in parallel with resuscitation; the use of physiological monitoring for the severely ill patient; illness severity assessment and its role in the anticipation of deterioration, and escalation of care.

The student should also be able to show applied knowledge of the mechanisms, causes and management of respiratory failure; the pathophysiological types, presentation and management of shock; use of monitoring for the critically ill patient; sedation and analgesia in the critically ill; critical illness neurology including delirium; the presentation and management of acute kidney injury and the presentation and management of liver failure.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Online Activities 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 73 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100 %
The assessment is coursework: discussion boards and MCQ
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Practice an advanced approach to assessment and management of the presentations of critical illness, in the absence of complete information.
  2. Work with critical knowledge and understanding of specialist judgement in identifying illness severity.
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of providing definitive treatment in parallel with resuscitation.
  4. Practice illness severity assessment, and apply critical analysis to its role in the anticipation of deterioration, and escalation of care, in patient treatment.
  5. Apply specialised physiological support, monitoring and treatment for a patient who is undergoing intensive care.
Reading List
Key articles will be referred to at relevant points during the course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Within the work to be undertaken this course will provide participants with the opportunity to develop or further develop key graduate attributes:
1. In-depth knowledge of specialist discipline
2. Develop new understanding by exercising critical judgement and challenging knowledge
3. Be a self-directed learner
4. Solve problems effectively taking ethical, professional and environmental issues into account
5. Use information responsibly in a range of contexts
6. Collaborate with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
7. Communicate (oral, written, online) effectively, respectful of social and cultural diversity
8. Application of numeracy
9. Application of IT
KeywordsIntensive care,Internal Medicine,critical illness,resuscitation,ICU
Course organiserDr Frances Parry
Tel: (0131 5)37 1822
Course secretaryMiss Shu Yang
Tel: 0131 537 2503
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