OD0406 - Principles of Anaesthetic Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to introduce you to the concepts and principles involved in general anaesthetic practice. As well as gaining knowledge about general anaesthesia, pharmacology, and the equipment required to ensure Service User safety, you will learn about regional and spinal anaesthesia, and explore the physiological, psychological and socio-cultural needs of Service Users during this phase of care and the role of the Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in addressing those needs.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, group work, seminars, small group practical sessions, directed and independent learning and will include activities which will engage you in considering the holistic needs of Service Users undergoing anaesthesia. In Northumbria’s computer labs you will be able to access a range of eLearning and web-based material, in whole and small group settings. The University’s eLearning Portal (eLP) will allow you to engage with eLearning tools such as ‘safeMedicate’. Extensive use will also be made of the perioperative simulation suite within the University’s Clinical Skills Centre to develop your knowledge and skills in anaesthetic practice. Drawing on learning from the Anatomy and Physiology module, anatomical and physiological, as well as psychological and sociological components of a range of topics will be presented in an integrated format. Pharmacology will be examined in relation to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will include feedback from tutors in class and guidance towards your summative assessment. You will also receive feedback from your mentor and personal tutor in relation to practice learning. You will participate in group tutorials organised by module tutors, focused upon the summative assessment.
Feedback on your summative assessment will be via the eLP with annotated scripts and individual criterion based feedback. Written feedback from your mentor will inform your ongoing record of achievement.
In addition, tutors will respond to questions via the module’s discussion board on the eLP in order that the whole group will benefit.
The Learning Leaders initiative has been organised to enable peer support and learning within the ODP programme. This is popular with our students as they learn from and with each other in class and in the clinical area.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

MLO1 Explain the principles and modes of general anaesthesia and related pharmacology utilising the evidence base underpinning practice

MLO2 Outline the effects of general anaesthesia on homeostatic mechanisms

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MLO3 Describe the preparation, use and maintenance of anaesthetic equipment.

MLO4 Outline measures to ensure Service User and staff safety

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

MLO5 Appreciate and discuss the individual and holistic needs of Service Users during the anaesthetic phase of care

How will I be assessed?

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT will be in two parts:

• A written practice review (2000 words) which discusses the role of the Operating Department Practitioner in providing care during the general anaesthetic phase of care. This must demonstrate understanding of Service Users’ needs and related interventions appropriate to your stage of development. (MLO 1-5)

• Practice placement graded Pass/Fail demonstrating achievement of professional proficiencies. (Learning Outcomes 1-5)

• The aim of the formative assessment is to help prepare you for your summative assessment. Feedback will be via group work, anatomy & physiology work books, guided study and practice mentor. eLearning packages such as SafeMedicate. A group presentation based around the effects of General Anaesthesia on homeostatic mechanisms which will inform the summative task.





Module abstract

This module will introduce you to the principles of anaesthetic practice, and is the first of two anaesthetic modules you will complete on this programme. On completion of this module you will be expected to be able to explain the principles and modes of general anaesthesia, and outline the effects of general anaesthesia on homeostatic mechanisms. As part of this module a range of simulation techniques will be employed to develop your skills in the safe preparation, use and maintenance of anaesthetic equipment, as employers are looking for people who can ensure Service User and staff safety. Within this module you will reflect on your role in meeting the individual and holistic needs of Service Users during the anaesthetic phase of care, which will develop and reinforce your characteristics as a Northumbria Graduate. Learning on this module will take place in lecture rooms and within the dedicated perioperative simulation suite in the Clinical Skills Centre, E-learning will also be used within this module with Technology Enhanced Learning embedded within the curriculum.

Course info

UCAS Code B990

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 2 years full-time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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