Anaesthesia & Analgesia
Day 1 - Anaesthesia
‘There is no such thing as a safe anaesthetic only a safe anaesthetist’. This module will give you the ability to approach the anaesthesia of more critical surgical patients to optimise outcomes. The ability to confidently calculate drug requirements and understand monitoring equipment will help you navigate a surgical list with ease.
Day 2 - Analgesia
Anyone involved in a surgical list will need to be up-to-date on pain assessment and multi-modal options for managing pain peri-operatively. This module will give enable you to promote patient welfare by using a pro-active and thorough approach to analgesia.
Day 1 - Key Learning Objectives:
- Review acid/base balance, the practical application of blood products and explain when different fluid replacement options should be used.
- Demonstrate the ability to perform all types of fluid administration calculations.
- Explain the importance of client consent forms, patient anaesthesia records and be able to complete both correctly.
- Describe the use of different pre-anaesthetic medication, induction and maintenance agents, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each in specific cases.
- Identify different types of endotracheal tubes and their use explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each. Demonstrate the skill of intubating easy & more difficult patients.
- Obtain knowledge of basic through to advanced monitoring including the pros and cons of multi-parameter monitoring.
- Be able to describe and explain abnormal pulse oximetry values and abnormal capnography waveforms and suggest options to improve them.
- Includes case discussions and calculations
Day 2 - Key Learning Objectives:
- Appreciate the pathophysiology of pain and be able to identify pain in different species using pain scoring methods.
- Explain the different classes of analgesia, including opioids, NSAIDs, local anaesthetics and other agents and their pharmacology
- Appreciate the use of a pre-emptive and multi-modal approach to analgesia
- Demonstrate different intravenous catheterisation techniques including central venous catheterisation.
- Be able to identify appropriate analgesic agents for the use of CRI, when and how these should be used/monitored and be able to perform a CRI calculation.
- Obtain knowledge of different local anaesthetic techniques and which surgical cases benefit from their use.
- Be able to demonstrate the safe administration of local anaesthetics via transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.
- Includes a practical session on central venous line placement
Comprehensive course notes, lunch and refreshments on each day.