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The Cardiovascular and Abdominal Systems

Explore the assessment process for the circulatory and abdominal systems, including red flags and documenting the examination.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

The course encourages you to think about the structure and function of the cardiovascular system. It will focus on anatomy and physiology as well as the examination itself.

The course will go on to concentrate on the organs and structures of the abdomen, history taking and examination, the significance of abdominal pain, and common conditions.

What topics will you cover?

  • Assessment of the circulatory system
  • What happens when circulation goes wrong? Exploring a patient case study.
  • Assessment of the abdominal system
  • Abnormal findings and their implications

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Discuss the assessment process for the circulatory and abdominal systems
  • Identify the ‘red flag’ findings for these systems
  • Summarise the expected documentation of normal circulatory and abdominal examinations

Who is the course for?

The target audience for this course is any experienced nurse who wishes to, or finds themselves in a position to need to, extend their knowledge and skills to assess the health of their patients to diagnosis.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Specialising in emergency care, Nicky Parker-Summers has 35 years clinical experience, including military nursing. She came to education in 2003, becoming an Assistant Professor in 2016.

With over 20 years experience, working nationally and internationally, within Acute and Emergency care, Claire has developed her own skills and experience to share knowledge and improve patient care.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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