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Week 1
Common Respiratory Diseases

  • Lower respiratory tract disease
  • Pleural disorders
  • Pulmonary disease
  • POCUS and sampling
  • Management

Learning outcomes
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Describe lower respiratory tract physiology and the disease processes seen in practice
  • Understand the different causes of pleural disorders
  • Understand the different causes of pulmonary disease
  • Identify the uses of POCUS and understand which patients may benefit from thoracocentesis
  • Describe how to manage the patient with acute respiratory distress

Week 2
Oxygen Therapy 

  • How to identify a patient in need of oxygen therapy
  • Non-invasive methods of oxygen therapy
  • Invasive methods of oxygen therapy
  • Monitoring a response to therapy

Learning outcomes
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Understand which parameters are used to identify patients are in need of oxygen therapy
  • Describe which methods of non-invasive oxygen therapy are available and which is the most suitable for their patient
  • Describe which methods of invasive oxygen therapy are available and which is the most suitable for their patient
  • Discuss whether a patient is responding to oxygen therapy and when a decision may be made to discontinue oxygen support

Week 3
Blood Gases

  • Why do we use blood gas analysis?
  • How to take a sample for a blood gas analysis
  • What is acid / base?
  • Interpretation of a blood gas report
  • Compensation

Learning outcomes
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Understand why blood gas analysis is important for managing the respiratory patient
  • Describe how to take a sample for blood gas analysis
  • Understand acid / base status and what this means for the patient
  • Interpret a blood gas report using a step by step approach so that this can be transferred to your patients in practice
  • Understand the physiology behind compensatory mechanisms

Week 4
BOAS – From Admit to Discharge

  • Admit considerations
  • BOAS Plan
  • Anaesthesia considerations
  • Dealing with the BOAS crisis
  • Other nursing considerations

Learning outcomes
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • List the considerations which should be discussed with the owner when the patient is admitted to the hospital
  • Discuss safe ways of managing these cases whilst they are hospitalised to minimise complications
  • Understand how to make BOAS patients anaesthesia plans safer
  • Explain the concerns associated with a BOAS crisis and how to manage these
  • Describe other nursing considerations associated with these breeds and how we can factor these into our nursing care plans for hospitalised patients