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Perioperative Medicine in Action

Explore perioperative medicine and how you can improve care for the high risk surgical patient. Join this RCoA endorsed course.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Perioperative Medicine in Action

Make a difference: Improve patient outcomes with perioperative medicine

Too many patients die or suffer prolonged complications following surgery.

Perioperative medicine is an emerging, multi-disciplinary approach, which tackles this issue, by optimising the care of high-risk surgical patients. It encompasses disciplines including anaesthetics, surgery, nursing, care of the elderly, physiotherapy and healthcare management.

This RCoA-endorsed course - developed by anaesthetists at University College London (UCL) Hospitals - covers all things perioperative medicine. You’ll learn the key concepts you need to improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs.

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What topics will you cover?

Week 1: The surgical epidemic

  • Defining the high-risk surgical patient and the need to change the way we care for them
  • An introduction to perioperative medicine and the Royal College of Anaesthetists vision for improved perioperative care
  • New perioperative care pathways

Week 2: Risk assessment and shared decision-making?

  • The role of risk assessment and risk assessment tools including cardiopulmonary exercise testing and risk scoring systems
  • Shared decision-making: what it is, why it is so important and how to achieve it.

Week 3: Protocols in surgical care

  • The principles of enhanced recovery
  • How healthcare professionals and patients can engage with protocols
  • Protocols in the care of the emergency surgical patient

Week 4: An age old problem

  • The unique perioperative problems of the elderly
  • How to improve perioperative care for the elderly
  • The current economic climate and how perioperative medicine is the value proposition

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

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

  • Justify the need for better, more holistic care for the high risk surgical patient, to improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
  • Engage with risk assessment tools to characterise and quantify the risk of an individual undergoing a particular procedure.
  • Demonstrate the need for protocolised care pathways and evaluate the success of the enhanced recovery programmes in reducing variance in practice.
  • Describe the major challenges in delivering perioperative medicine for the elderly.
  • Discuss the current economic pressure on healthcare systems and how perioperative medicine can be used to reduce these pressures.

Who is the course for?

This RCoA endorsed course is aimed at all interested healthcare professionals, both medical and allied health professionals. This would include anaesthetists, surgeons, care-of-the-elderly physicians, pre-assessment nurses, surgical ward nurses, operating department staff, physiotherapists and medical managers, emphasising that enhanced care and improved outcomes depend on a multidisciplinary approach.

Healthcare professionals might find the the Certificate of Achievement for this course useful for providing evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), or commitment to their career.

Although some of the statistics and guidelines are UK specific, the key concepts and learning aims are relevant at an international level.

Who will you learn with?

Abigail Whiteman

Abigail is a consultant in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine at University College London Hospitals. She is also a faculty member of the UCL Perioperative Medicine Masters Programme.

Katie Samuel

Katie is an Anaesthetic SPR based in Bristol. She is currently completing a Perioperative Medicine Fellowship at UCLH, and is Student Academic Representative for the UCL POM masters degree.

Philip Sherrard

Phil is an anaesthetic registrar at University College London Hospitals and also the education fellow in perioperative medicine.

Who developed the course?

UCL was founded in 1826. It was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to open up university education to those previously excluded from it.

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What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $74 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

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