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Applied pathophysiology in children/Acutely ill child

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Applied pathophysiology in children/Acutely ill child

These two modules, aimed at healthcare practitioners working in children’s care have been developed to complement each other and are taken together.

Applied pathophysiology in children:

This module is for healthcare practitioners working with acutely ill children. The delivery of acute/critical care to children is dependent upon the clinical practice of practitioners and the sound theoretical underpinning of developmental anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. This module will enable practitioners to apply these principles to the care of children with common paediatric presentations and congenital defects. The module serves as a core module for practitioners wishing to specialise in PICU and will be of relevance for those caring for acutely ill children in other settings.

This module will enable students:

  • To develop and enhance their knowledge and skills when caring for acutely ill children and their families.
  • To have a forum to discuss research and address contemporary issues related to caring for children and their families within acute and high dependency care settings.
  • To develop their knowledge and skill to enable them to care competently for high dependency children (Level 1 Critical Care; NHSE, 1997)

 

Acutely ill child:

This module will act as a foundation for healthcare practitioners wishing to develop their knowledge and practice in caring for children who are at risk of becoming or are acutely ill. It will therefore suit nursing practitioners working within PICUs, general paediatric areas, A & E and HDUs. It will facilitate the development of reflective skills in order to provide and analyse the holistic and evidence-based care needed for a child and his/her family within a critical or acute care setting. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the skills to recognise, assess, stabilise and/or appropriately refer the acutely ill child.

This module will enable students to:

  • Develop and enhance their knowledge and skills when caring for acutely ill children and their families.
  • Have a forum to discuss research and evidence-based practice and address contemporary issues related to caring for children and their families within acutely ill and high dependency settings.
  • Develop their knowledge and skills to enable them to care competently for acutely ill and high dependency children (Level 1 critical care; NHSE, 1977).

Learning outcomes:

Applied pathophysiology in children

  1. Apply developmental knowledge, anatomy and physiology when conducting a nursing assessment of an acutely ill/high dependency child.
  2. Critically analyse how a child’s body adapts to and compensates for physiological deficits and derangements.
  3. Critically analyse and discuss the pathophysiology surrounding common illnesses/congenital deficits requiring acute/high dependency care in relation to the presenting signs and symptoms.
  4. Apply an understanding of altered physiology when critically appraising the care/management and treatment required by acutely ill/high dependency children how physiological responses may be understood/determined.
  5. Utilise knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to assist children and their families in understanding their condition and the care/treatment they required and/or receive.

 

Acutely ill child

  1. Critically discuss and demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to provide child/patient and family-centred care in the acutely ill and high dependency care environment.
  2. Critically appraise the range of evidence and research underpinning the care of children requiring acute or high dependency care.
  3. Critically discuss the psychosocial needs of the acutely ill/high dependency child and his/her family and evaluate appropriate strategies through which to meet these alongside other team members.
  4. Critically analyse the importance of considering legal and ethical issues whilst caring for acutely ill/high dependency children and their families.
  5. Critically discuss and demonstrate the skills required to care competently for acutely ill children and children requiring Level 1 critical care (NHSE, 1977).

 

Who is the module for?  Nursing practitioners working within PICUs, general paediatric areas, A & E and HDUs caring for acutely ill children.

Module code: HP6047X/ HP6044X

Number of credits and level of study: 15 credits at level 6 (30 credits for both modules)

Assessment:

  • Applied pathophysiology in children: Written examination
  • Acutely ill child: Reflection and competency assessment document (CAD)

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 10 days

Module dates:*

  • 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 January, 7, 14, 21 February , 7, 14 March 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £1600

Module leader:

Programme: This module is part of the Healthcare Practice DipHE/BSc(Hons)/GradCert

Questions?

Contact the PPD Programme Office who will be happy to help you with any queries.