Advanced Preoperative Assessment 2024 - Online Course

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Our University CPD accredited Advanced Preoperative Assessment Skills course is a useful adjunct to our Foundation course. The aim of this course is to provide Registered Practitioners with the requisite knowledge and skills to advance their Practice. The main focus is on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Also this course covers spirometry and how it can be utilised in preoperative assessment. Please be aware we are not trying to make you into cardiologists or respiratory physicians so the skill-sets are a little more basic. However the knowledge gained will be enough so that you can make effective clinical decisions so that patient safety and achieve the best outcomes. We have also included some more advanced ECG interpretation skills utilising some case histories, in addition to an introductory session on how to assess an echocardiogram and known when to refer to the anaesthetist.

This course has two distinct elements. The first been the online learning resources that are to follow and secondly, a competency framework that needs to be completed in clinical practice. Both elements have a clear focus high quality and safe clinical practice and are based on relevant evidence based clinical policies, guidelines and best practice.

The course content uses a variety of teaching methods to ensure that the lessons are interesting and relevant to clinical practice. You will find unique expert video presentations and relevant key resources. These learning material are essential in meeting the learning outcomes and for completing the competence framework.

For NMC Revalidation the course is equivalent to a minimum of 7 hours online CPD plus hours to complete competencies in practice.

At the end of the online element of the course you will be asked to complete an assessment at the mid-point and at the end of the course. It is informal process and you can have as many attempts as required. We just want to make sure that you acquired the requisite knowledge and skill. Once you complete an evaluation form a certificate of completion will then be forwarded to you. You will then need to complete the competency framework with the support of a mentor/supervisor or competent colleagues within clinical practice. You are encourage to include both the certificate, learning outcomes and the completed competency framework within your professional portfolio and your work based appraisal process as evidence of your continuing professional development.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of the process of the Cardiovascular assessment i.e. Inspection & Auscultation

  • Can recognise a heart murmur from audio initially and then an actual patients in practice with the guidance of their mentor.

  • Can differentiate between 2 heart sounds and 3 sounds on audio.

  • Advancing knowledge of ECG interpretation using case studies.

  • Gain some understanding of the echocardiogram interpretation including severity of valve abnormalities, left ventricular hypertrophy and assessment of the ejection fraction.

  • Gain an understanding of the process of Respiratory Assessment i.e. Inspection, Palpation & Auscultation

  • Can recognise normal sounds from abnormal sounds i.e. crepitations, wheeze, rhonchi etc .

  • An understanding of when it might be appropriate to request/perform spirometry in preoperative assessment.

  • An understanding of ARTP regulation 2020 and its recommendations for assessing spirometry.

  • An understanding of the terms lower limit of normal (LLN), upper limit of normal (ULN) and utilising Z-scores, in assessing the severity of an abnormality.

  • Can differentiate between a normal result, obstructive & restrictive by assessing numbers, time volume curves and flow volume loops.

If you need more information about this course? - please contact us we will be very pleased to help

Advanced Preoperative Assessment Course Online