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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: ETP
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: GUSSIN S Ms (HSC)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Across academic years.
Assessment Pattern

Portfolio of practice evidence

(Part A) – this will provide evidence of achievement of practice outcomes
(Part B) will include a practice diary, a reading log, plus a formative & summative Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

1 hr Pharmacology exam
Will cover pharmacology, drug calculations and physical measurements. 40%

Module Overview

Applying Evidence to Peri-Operative Practice module
Post Anaesthetic Care module
Year One modules for the Dip HE in ODP
Module Aims
This module is focused on the ODP’s involvement in the clinical emergency situation. It is designed to allow the students to develop an understanding of the role of the practitioner as part of the multi-professional care delivery team across a range of differing situations. The students will be facilitated to develop a professional approach in all clinical emergency situations. Students will be encouraged to explore emergency situations from the perspective of both the patient and those involved in the management of care.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:


1. Observe and monitor patient condition during a clinical emergency and demonstrate the management of specific clinical emergencies and trauma for differing patient groups, evaluating the outcome of care 

2. Recognise the need for, initiate and participate in Basic Life Support & Intermediate Life Support procedures 

3. Select, prepare and check a range of emergency drugs (in accordance to local & national guidelines.

4. Demonstrate an awareness of, and practice within the framework of local and national Health and Safety policies 

5. Promote and maintain effective interpersonal and communication skills with patients, carers and members of the healthcare team.


6. Develop and practice within the framework of accepted Code of Professional Conduct and recognise own limitations in relation to professional practice. 

7. Communicate effectively with the healthcare team, patients, relatives and carers. Discuss the significance and support of communication required for patients, relatives and carers well being during emergencies. 

8. Recognise the value and contributions of self and the multiprofessional team in the emergency situation.


9. Examine the causes, signs and symptoms and range of clinical emergencies and the methods used in identifying/monitoring them

10. Distinguish between normal and altered physiology in clinical emergency situations for an identified range of patient groups. 

11. Differentiate between the procedures required for the management of an adult during an identified range of clinical emergencies, to that of differing patient groups

12. Examine the protocols, techniques and equipment used in the management of an identified range of clinical emergency situations

13. Evaluate the relevance and impact of the procedures carried out during Basic Life Support/Advanced Life Support/Paediatric Advanced Life Support algorithms. Analyse and relate this current research in resuscitation to clinical practice 

14. Discuss the principles and practice of defibrillation techniques.

15. Explain the mode of action, side effects and contraindications of a range of drugs used in emergency situations


16. Evaluate the outcomes of clinical emergency situations, using self and peer reviews

17. Assess and prioritise in an emergency situation OSCE
18. Adapt practice to reflect changing demands relating to updating of accepted algorithms


19. Interact effectively with others within the team. 

20. Interpret and evaluate clinical data and patient observations

Module Content


Clinical Emergencies: causes, signs and symptoms of: respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, hypovolaemic shock, malignant hyperpyrexia, anaphylactic shock, inhalation of stomach contents, hypoxia, airway obstruction, hypothermia.

Protocols: Resuscitation Council (UK) algorithms for Basic Life Support/Advanced Life Support/Paediatric Advanced Life Support, Code of Professional Conduct

Patient Groups: child, adolescent, adult, older adult, pregnancy

Equipment: oxygen therapy, suction, airway management, capnograph, intravenous and intra-arterial access, intravenous therapy, ECG, defibrillator, blood pressure monitor, pulse oximeter, temperature monitor, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation devices

Pharmacology: presentation, nomenclature, usage, dosage, incompatibilities, complications, and contra-indications of drugs in common use during emergency situations. Methods of recording drug administration during clinical emergencies

Biological sciences: normal and altered physiology in clinical emergency situations: respiratory, cardio-vascular, nervous and endocrine systems. Altered physiology for the identified patient groups

Defibrillation: become aware of the principles of defibriliation

Emergency & Trauma surgery: Non-elective major surgical procedures within defined specialities: vascular – e.g. ruptured aneurysm repair, general surgery –e.g. laparotomy, obstetrics – e.g. major haemorrhage, orthopaedic – e.g. long bone or multiple fractures, poly trauma – involving a multi-disciplinary approach.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
The module will encompass a range of learning activities including lectures and group discussions. Students will access the Simulation Centre which provides an experiential learning environment this provides links between theory and practice. The module includes an interprofessional simulation sessions providing theory input and practical experience in clinical emergencies in a risk free controlled environment. There are also OSCE practice sessions which include both small group and individual work.
Selected Texts/Journals


Advanced Life Support Group 2005 Advanced Paediatric Life Support: 4th edn. The Practical Approach BMJ Books

Allman, K G & Wilson, I.H., 2006 Oxford Handbook Of Anaesthesia.2nd edn Oxford University Press, Oxford

Aitkenhead, A R & Smith G, 2006 Textbook Of Anaesthesia 5th edn. Churchill Livingstone, New York

Dornan, TM 2006 Core Clinical Skills For Osces In Medicine. 2nd edn Churchill Livingstone, London

Edmunds M U 2009 Introduction to Clinical Pharmacology 6th edn. Mosby, London

Greaves I, Porter K, Ryan J 2008 Trauma Care Manual. 2nd edn Hodder Arnold

Hampton,J.R 2008 The ECG Made Easy 7th edn. Churchill Livingstone, London

Marieb E 2009 Human Anatomy & Physiology 8th edn. Benjamin Cummings, London

Resuscitation ( Resuscitation Guidelines

Journal of Operating Department Practice
Journal of Peri-operative Practice
Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurse
Journal of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine

Web Sites

Last Updated

28TH JULY 2010