(Solution) NB30101-Acute and Critical Care essays



NB30101-Acute and Critical Care

Module aims

The module aims to enable students to enhance their knowledge and skills in the assessment, care and management of acutely / critically ill adults.

Module overview

Intended learning outcomes

Following further study, participation and engagement in the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the relevant physiology and pathophysiology underlying the assessment, care and management of acutely/critically ill adults.
  2. Utilise appropriate tools and knowledge to undertake systematic and comprehensive assessments of acutely/critically ill adults, interpret assessment findings and recognise and respond to alterations in individuals’ clinical conditions.
  3. Demonstrate where appropriate, effective decision-making, clinical judgment and problem-solving skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate therapeutic interventions in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team.
  4. Recognise and explore appropriate actions in relation to some of the wider aspects including patient safety, person-centredness, legal, ethical and professional issues that have implications within acute and critical care practice.
  5. Review and explore effective teamwork and communication strategies necessary for ensuring safe care and practice.

Indicative content:

  • Systematic clinical assessments; monitoring and interpretation of assessment findings,
  • Acute cardiac care and rhythm interpretation,
  • Acute respiratory care and blood gas analysis,
  • Fluid and electrolyte balance, hydration and nutritional support,
  • Sepsis and shock,
  • Neurological assessment,
  • Pain assessment and management,
  • Acute medical emergencies,
  • Clinical decision making; Risk, patient safety,
  • Delirium,
  • Recovery from acute and critical illness,
  • Professional, legal and ethical issues,
  • Quality of care; person-centeredness; compassionate care.

Assessment strategy

There will be two written assignments. The first is a 1500 word essay,  incorporating a broad discussion of a contemporary issue and the second is a 2500 word critical discussion of a narrow clinical topic.