This 4 week course will cover all aspects of anaesthesia from induction to recovery, and will be specifically aimed at nurses in general practice.

Week 1
Pre-Anaesthetic Considerations

  • Equipment selection
  • Pre-anaesthetic checks
  • Premedications
  • Pain assessment and analgesia

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the week delegates will be able to:

  • Will be able to confidently select an appropriate breathing system and calculate fresh gas flow rates
  • Confidently check an anaesthetic machine and leak test the breathing system
  • Understand the ASA grading system
  • Understand the benefits of a pre-surgical checklist
  • Understand the principles of preparing for an anaesthetic
  • Understand the principles of auscultation of the thorax
  • Identify the benefits of premedication
  • Will be able to select and understand the most common pharmacological agents used for premedication and their physiological effects
  • Recognise the importance of pain assessment and management
  • Understand the pain pathway and its significance
  • Identify common analgesia agents and their pharmacological and physiological effects

Week 2
Anaesthetic Induction and Maintenance

  • Induction agents
  • Monitoring during induction
  • Anaesthetic agents

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the second week, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand how to safely prepare for an induction of anaesthesia
  • Identify common induction agents and the pharmacological effects
  • Select appropriate monitoring equipment to identify any potential concerns during induction
  • Identify the various anaesthetic agents available and their pharmacological effects
  • Recognise normal physiological parameters in relation to the cardiovascular system for individual patients
  • Will start to develop the skills to apply this knowledge to individual cases

Week 3
Monitoring Anaesthesia

  • Common monitoring equipment
  • Capnography
  • Troubleshooting problems

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the third week, delegates will be able to:

  • Will be able to name and use the most common monitoring equipment for the cardiovascular system and recognise what is a normal value / trace
  • Recognise abnormal / false / concerning parameters and understand what action may be required to correct them

Week 4
Patient Considerations

  • Individual patient assessments
  • Patient specific care plans
  • Warming devices
  • Case studies

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the fourth week, delegates will be able to:

  • Will start to develop the skills to apply individual patient assessment to develop an appropriate anaesthetic care plan for specific cases, including various ASA grades of patients.
  • Develop skills to apply this knowledge to individual cases within the clinic and use of available equipment in order to optimise the patient’s anaesthetic and reduce any associated risks.
  • Identify warming devices, their importance and advantages and disadvantages
  • Will be able to discuss anaesthetic plans for specific patients, detailing considerations from the pre-anaesthetic check to recovery

The course will be fully tutored by Louise Dale, and will consist of 10 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.