Critical Care Nursing

£250.00

6 week course (15 hours CPD), starting 4th January 2021

Description

Week 1

Recumbency nursing

  • Common causes for recumbency
  • Nursing the recumbent patient
  • Common complications associated with recumbency

Learning outcomes:

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

  • List some of the common causes for recumbency and how these conditions may be treated
  • Discuss the nursing considerations for the recumbent patient and how these can be
    implemented to help support the patient during their recovery whilst hospitalised
  • Describe the common complications associated with recumbency and how these can be prevent whilst the patient is hospitalised

Week 2

Sepsis

  • What is SIRS / sepsis?
  • How to recognise sepsis in dogs
  • How to recognise sepsis in cats
  • Sepsis bundles
  • Recent sepsis research in human medicine

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

  • Know the definitions of SIRS / sepsis and the difference between them
  • List the patient observations used to help us be able to recognise sepsis in the dog
  • List the patient observations used to help us be able to recognise sepsis in the cat
  • Understand what a sepsis bundle is, and when they can be used in practice
  • Understand the recent research into sepsis in human medicine and how this impacts us in veterinary practice

Week 3

Nutrition in the hospitalised patient 

  • Why is nutrition important
  • Who needs nutrition
  • When should nutrition be started
  • Creating a nutrition plan
  • Assisted feeding options

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

  • Understand why nutrition is important for the recovery of hospitalised patients
  • Identify patients in needs of nutrition
  • Discuss when is the appropriate time to start nutrition in their hospitalised patient
  • Describe how to create a feeding plan including patient assessment, calculation of RER and implementation of the nutritional plan
  • List the common assisted feeding techniques and understand the indications and contraindications of each

Week 4

Acid Base/Electrolytes 

  • What is acid / base?
  • What are electrolytes?
  • Electrolytes – Sodium
  • Electrolytes – Potassium
  • Electrolytes – Calcium
  • Glucose

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

  • Explain acid / base status
  • Understand which electrolytes we can measure in veterinary practice and why
  • Identify when a patient may become hypo or hypernatraemic, and describe the treatments that may benefit them
  • Identify when a patient may become hypo or hyperkalaemic, and describe the treatments that may benefit them
  • Identify why a patient may be hypo or hypercalcaemic, and describe the treatments that may benefit them
  • Identify why a patient may be hypo or hyper glycaemic, and describe the treatments that may benefit them

Week 5

Infection Control

  • How to create an infection control plan for the clinic:
  • Assigning an infection control champion
  • Identify and develop protocols
  • Make an assessment
  • Staff education and training plan
  • Surveillance and compliance

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

  • Identify an infection control champion in practice and understand their role in the infection control plan
  • Discuss the common infection control protocols required in practice to minimise the spread of pathogens
  • Understand how to make an assessment of the protocols already in place and identify their strengths and weaknesses
  • Explain the importance of staff education and training when implementing infection control protocols
  • List the common surveillance techniques to ensure compliance to the infection control plan

Week 6

End of Life Care / Clinical Governance

  • Euthanasia
  • Palliative care
  • Mental health awareness
  • Clinical governance in practice

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

  • Understand the reasons vets and clients consider euthanasia, and learn ways to ensure the experience can be made as peaceful and calm as possible in practice for all involved
  • Understand the reasons that clients may choose to consider palliative care, and how we can help ensure the patients are comfortable within our role as veterinary nurses
  • Understand the impact euthanasia and the death of a pet can affect both the family of the patient and the veterinary staff involved
  • Understand the mental health implications of veterinary medicine on the team, and ways in which we can help our team and ourselves to cope
  • Describe what clinical governance is, what is discussed and why it may be beneficial to the practice to start holding these meetings in your practice

 

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Elle Haskey

BSc(hons), VTS(ECC) VPAC A1, RVN

HEAD EMERGENCY AND CRITICAL CARE NURSE, ROYAL VETERINARY COLLEGE

Eleanor graduated in 2008 from the University of Bristol with an honours degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Administration. She worked as a branch head nurse in a mixed practice in the Midlands for 2 years before returning to the University of Bristol as senior ICU nurse, where she was responsible for the day to day running of the intensive care unit, triaging and assessing emergencies and providing care for critical patients. In 2014 Eleanor transferred to the emergency and critical care centre at the Royal Veterinary College.

Eleanor gained the VTS(ECC) qualification in 2012, and she particularly enjoys trauma, seizures, ventilator cases and haematological disorders

 

 


Katie Gray

Dip AVN, RVN

SENIOR EMERGENCY AND CRITICAL CARE NURSE, ROYAL VETERINARY COLLEGE

Katie is currently appointed as Senior Emergency and Critical Care Nurse at the Royal Veterinary College where she has been since late 2012. Katie’s favourite cases are those who are critically unwell in ICU, especially septic patients and those on mechanical ventilation. Katie is on the BSAVA Metropolitan Committee organising CPD throughout London and is currently working towards her PG Cert in Veterinary Education at the RVC. In her spare time, Katie enjoys gardening with help from her two spaniels, Flo and Martha, and her rescue cat Hendricks.

This online course is worth 15 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 6 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 8 weeks, all learning material will be cleared from the delegate’s account, so please ensure any important course notes or information is saved to your personal computer before this time.  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’.