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Developing Skills for Critical Care

Duration: 2 Days - Start Time: 09:15 End Time: 16:30 - CPD Hours: 16 - Price: £0.00

A list of available dates can be found at the foot of this page.

Course Overview

Increasing numbers of increasingly acutely ill patients are being cared for on most wards. Many complications are preventable with early identification and appropriate intervention. Nurses therefore need skills to recognise problems and provide care.

This course provides an evidence based approach to enable nurses to provide quality care for the highly dependent patients in their ward. It also serves as a valuable resource for nurses new and returning to critical care areas such as high and intensive care units.

Course Content

Biological, pharmacological, psychological and social aspects of critical care

Applied anatomy and physiology -

  • Respiratory
  • Cardiovascular
  • Neurological

Patient assessment and management, the use of scoring systems

Tracheostomy care, principles and safe suction

Non-invasive ventilation and its management

Care and safe management of chest drains

Understanding -

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Arterial blood gas analysis

What is haemodynamic monitoring?

Cardiac monitoring -

  • Rhythm recognition
  • Overview of 12 lead traces

Intravenous therapy -

  • Administration of blood and blood components
  • Administration of albumin/plasma protein fraction
  • Dosage calculation of intravenous drug infusions

Nursing management of -

  • Intravenous catheters
  • Central lines and arterial lines

Fluid balance -

  • High risk infusions: anti-arrhythmics, vasodilators, inotropes acute renal failure,

Intravenous fluids -

  • Colloids vs crystalloids
  • Correct measurement of fluid balance
  • Urine output

Administration of parenteral nutrition; monitoring nutritional care

Altered consciousness sensory imbalance

  • Understanding and correctly recording neurological observation
  • Glasgow coma scoring
  • Psychological aspects of care
  • Acute confusion

Function of the multi-professional team and role expansion

Legal and professional responsibility

Course Aims and Outcomes

  • To equip the candidate with knowledge and key skills for the early identification and initiating early intervention when caring for the acutely ill adult

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    This course is now only provided In-House for groups of people. Please contact us for a quote and further details on: or phone: 017687 73030.

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