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Introduction to Critical Care Medicine

Learn how to handle complex issues faced in Critical Care Units when other options on the ward have been exhausted.

Learn how to manage common presentations seen in Critical Care Units

Critical care is an emerging specialty in hospitals and, with an increasing population living with multiple co-morbidites, the burden on Critical Care Units is rising. In this course, find out about the common presentations seen in a Critical Care Unit and how to manage them effectively.

Learn how to handle pneumonia, how to manage multi-organ failure in trauma, how to recognise and manage sepsis early and how to prioritise the management of a trauma patient who needs resuscitation.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsMICHELLE CLARKSON: Dealing With critically ill patients is understandably a daunting task. They are often some of the sickest patients in the hospital and experience of dealing with such cases during undergraduate education can be limited. The critical care unit is where patients come when they've reached the limit of treatment that can be provided on a ward. Extraordinary treatments such as invasive ventilation and [INAUDIBLE] to support respiratory and cardiovascular failure are commonly used. And patients here in the UK are nursed on a one to one basis. So being as well-prepared as possible to work in this environment is essential. Hello. I'm Michelle, a clinical teaching fellow in critical care at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsWe've developed a unique course to explain what we mean by critical illness and critical care. Through videos, polls, and quizzes, you'll look at case studies from our own unit and learn from them. You'll follow patients with conditions that would commonly present to the critical care unit and hopefully develop confidence in working critical care units such as high dependency and intensive care. This course will set you apart from your colleagues, providing you with extra knowledge of managing critically ill patients. The time spent completing this course can also be used as evidence for continued professional development. So join us now on this introductory journey to critical care.

What topics will you cover?

  • Pneumonia
  • Management of multi-organ failure in trauma
  • Early recognition and management of sepsis

When would you like to start?

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe the meaning of Critical Care Unit and how support is different to that provided in the ward
  • Discuss which patients should be managed in Critical Care
  • Summarise the management of respiratory failure in critically ill patients in the High Dependency Unit and Intensive Care Unit
  • Debate appropriate triage of multiple patients involved in trauma
  • Discuss the management of polytrauma patients including the management of major haemorrhage
  • Summarise the initial management of a patient with sepsis

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at medical students, medical trainees, consultants and other health professionals with an interest in critical care. Learners need no prior experience or qualifications.

Who will you learn with?

Malcolm Sim

I am a consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow. I lead Critical Care Research and am Principal Investigator on several clinical trials.

Michelle Clarkson

Hello,

My name is Michelle and I'm the Clinical Teaching Fellow in Critical Care at the Queen Elizabeth University in Glasgow. I intend to pursue a career in Anaesthetics in the future.

Mo Al-Haddad

Consultant in Anaesthesia & Critical Care at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. Interests are in Training & Education. Co-Programme Director for the MSc Critical Care at University of Glasgow

Who developed the course?

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

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