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 higher risk medical patients to optimise outcomes. The ability to confidently calculate drug requirements and understand monitoring equipment will help you navigate your procedure list with ease.
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.
- Obtain knowledge of basic through to advanced patient monitoring and the pros and cons of multi-parameter monitoring for specific cases.
- Describe and explain abnormal capnography and pulse oximetry waveforms and suggest options to improve them.
- Understand 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.
- Includes case discussions and calculations
Day 2 - Analgesia
This module will give you the confidence to promote patient welfare via an all-round approach to analgesia. Medical patients have their own challenges when it comes to pain and being familiar with the options available now to improve patients’ quality of life in both the short and longer term will be of great value to you and your patients.
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 and appreciate their different delivery methods for specific patients using the multi-modal approach.
- Pre-emptive analgesia theory and practical approaches to achieving it
- Outline the use of analgesia in medical patients for chronic and palliative use.
- Describe appropriate analgesic agents for the use of CRI, when and how these should be used/monitored and be able to perform a CRI calculation.
- Demonstrate different intravenous catheterisation techniques including central venous catheterisation.
- Includes a practical session practising central venous line placement
Comprehensive course notes, refreshments and lunch on each day.