Advanced Anaesthesia: Sick Patients and Complex Procedures (Aug 2023)

(9 customer reviews)



Start: 14th August 2023

CPD:  10 hours over 4 / 6 weeks

Level:  Advanced



Week 1
Preparation, Priorities and Checklists

  • Patient safety
  • The anaesthesia plan and patient priorities
  • Preparation and checklists

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

  • Understand how preparation and use of checklists improve patient safety
  • Prepare individual anaesthesia plans for sick patients and/or complex procedures
  • Understand how to prioritise important considerations
  • Understand how to prepare the patient and equipment to minimise harmful delays and mistakes
  • Construct and use relevant patient safety checklists


Week 2
Ventilation, Capnography and Neuromuscular Blockade

  • Physiology of spontaneous and controlled ventilation
  • Ventilators
  • Capnography
  • Neuromuscular blockade

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

  • Understand in which situations it is appropriate to use controlled ventilation
  • Understand how to set up a ventilator and what all the buttons do!
  • Understand the physiology and technology of capnography
  • Understand how to interpret different capnograph traces
  • Understand how to use and monitor neuromuscular blocking drugs


Week 3
Advanced Monitoring and Cardiovascular Support

  • Physiology of heart rate and blood pressure
  • The electrocardiogram
  • Measuring blood pressure
  • Treating hypotension and arrhythmias

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

  • Have a better understanding of ECG interpretation and when to worry
  • Understand how to interpret blood pressure measurements
  • Understand when and how to treat common arrhythmias
  • Understand different ways of treating hypotension


Week 4
Perioperative Analgesia

  • Analgesic drugs in the peri-anaesthetic period
  • Multimodal analgesia
  • Analgesic infusions
  • Using local anaesthetic techniques

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

  • Have an understanding of the pharmacology of analgesic drugs
  • Understand which drugs are useful in which situations
  • Select and prepare analgesic drugs for intravenous infusions
  • Understand and select appropriate local anaesthetic techniques for different procedures


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


This course is tutored for 4 weeks, followed by a two week extension of untutored ‘catch up’ time, before the course officially ends.   All delegates will then have unlimited lifetime access to the learning material for future reference.

9 reviews for Advanced Anaesthesia: Sick Patients and Complex Procedures (Aug 2023)

  1. Jade Jones

    Very good course. There was a lot of detail and I learnt lots which I can put into practice

  2. Lily Proctor

    Really good lectures and great resources provided.

  3. Adrian Smith

    Excellent information and presentation from Collette. Excellent and quick feedback on forum answers and follow up responses.

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Colette Jolliffe



Colette qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1996, and worked for four years in small animal general practice. She spent the next two years working in industry during which time she developed an interest in anaesthesia, analgesia and ethics. She started a residency in veterinary anaesthesia at the Animal Health Trust in 2003, gaining the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 2004 and the European Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2006. She became Head of Anaesthesia at the Animal Health Trust in 2009 and remained there until the Trust’s closure in 2020. She is now part of the anaesthesia team at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists.’

This online course is worth 10 hours of CPD.


A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.


Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 4 weeks from the start date.  The course will consist of various interactive tasks and lessons, including quizzes, case studies, forum discussions and further reading material.The course is fully tutored, with new material will be provided weekly, but the onus will be on the individual delegate to ensure that all tasks are fully complete.  The certificate will only be issued at the end of the course when all tasks have been accomplished.  Fewer CPD hours will be awarded at the the end of the course if there are unfinished tasks or there has been no contribution to the discussion forum, for example.


The course is fully flexible, and there are no weekly ‘deadlines’ – the lessons and tasks may be completed whenever is convenient for each delegate, and any live lessons with be recorded and made available in that format.   Furthermore, all the course material (excluding the interactive discussion forum) will be available for a further 2 weeks, to allow delegates the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons and tasks, or to take the opportunity to delve further into the suggested reading texts.  Please note however, that the course will not be tutored by the speaker during these final two weeks.


After 6 weeks, the course will be complete and there will be no further opportunity to gain the certificate or CPD hours, however, you will have unlimited lifetime access to the tutorials, further reading and quizzes for future reference.  If you make any personal notes during the course using the ‘take notes’ app, these will be saved, along with your certificate and CPD record for permanent access in ‘My CPD’.


For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses – please read our PDF guide to Online Tutored CPD

This course has been listed as ‘Advanced’ level


All of our courses are aimed at veterinary nurses in general practice, but everyone who works in the veterinary profession is very welcome to attend, whether you are a clinical receptionist, veterinary surgeon, student nurse or have been a qualified nurse for over 20 years!


The courses are not formally assessed for skill level, so the following CPD levels are just a rough guide to help you decide if a course may be more or less suitable:


  • Introduction – maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice approaching a new topic or looking for a refresher course.
  • Intermediate – maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice along with referral / specialist nurses looking for a refresher course
  • Advanced – maybe most suitable for referral / specialist nurses and highly experienced qualified nurses in general practice.

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