Monitoring Matters: how to get the best out of your multi-parameter monitoring (Jan 2023)

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4 week course (10 hours CPD), starting 9th January 2023



This 4 week tutored course will guide the candidates through the complexities of multiparameter monitoring. After completion of the course, candidates will better understand the effects of anaesthesia on the patient and causes of abnormalities encountered while monitoring anaesthetised patients. They will be able to use hands-on techniques and the multiparameter monitor to detect problems before they become serious, and to differentiate between artefacts and real patient issues to improve the safety of their patients.


Week 1

What are we monitoring and why?

  • What anaesthesia does to the patient and what we can do about it
  • Monitoring depth of anaesthesia
  • Temperature monitoring

Learning objectives

After completion of this week participants should be able to:

  • Understand why good monitoring is essential for safe anaesthesia
  • Understand the challenges of monitoring depth of anaesthesia
  • Appreciate the importance of monitoring body temperature and the consequences of hypo- and hyperthermia

Week 2

Monitoring the respiratory system

  • Capnography
  • Pulse oximetry

Learning objectives

After completion of this week participants should be able to:

  • Understand the physiology involved in the formation of the capnograph trace
  • Interpret normal and abnormal capnograph traces
  • Understand the physiology behind pulse oximetry, and its limitations
  • Confidently troubleshoot abnormal capnography traces and pulse-oximetry readings

Week 3

Monitoring the cardiovascular system

  • Physiology of heart rate and blood pressure control
  • The electrocardiogram
  • Blood pressure monitoring

Learning objectives

After completion of this week participants should be able to:

  • Understand the causes of heart rate and blood pressure changes during anaesthesia
  • Describe how the electrocardiogram is generated
  • Interpret the electrocardiogram
  • Understand the different techniques for measuring blood pressure
  • Interpret blood pressure readings and understand causes of inaccurate readings

Week 4

Monitoring with Blood Work and Troubleshooting Equipment

  • Blood gas and acid-base
  • Glucose monitoring and other tests
  • Monitor-related artefacts and technical problems

Learning objectives

After completion of this week participants should be able to:

  • Understand when blood gas analysis is useful
  • Interpret blood gas analyses in the light of the patient’s history and clinical problems
  • Decide when glucose monitoring and other tests during anaesthesia are important
  • Troubleshoot monitor-related issues

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.


16 reviews for Monitoring Matters: how to get the best out of your multi-parameter monitoring (Jan 2023)

  1. Kay Bentham

    Very informative and well run

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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

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 20 years!


However, we feel this course may be more suitable for the following professionals:

Recently qualified nurses

Qualified nurses in general practice

Experienced nurses in general practice

Referral / specialist nurses looking for a refresher course