Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient

Summary

This informative and interactive course combines a variety of teaching and learning techniques to advance the practical, theoretical and personal skills necessary for the care of critically ill surgical patients.

You will take part in a variety of practical training sessions during this course. On completion, you will be able to:

  • Develop the theoretical basis and practical skills necessary to manage the critically ill surgical patient.
  • Be able to assess critically ill patients accurately and appreciate the value of a system of assessment for the critically ill.
  • Understand the subtlety and variety of presentation of critical illness and the methods available for improving detection.
  • Understand the importance of a plan of action to achieve clinical progress, accurate diagnosis and early definitive treatment, and be able to formulate a plan of action and involve appropriate assistance in a timely manner.
  • Appreciate that complications tend to occur in a cascade and realise that prevention of complications is fundamental to a successful outcome.
  • Be aware of the support facilities available and interact with nursing staff, other surgeons, intensivists and anaesthetists, being aware in particular of the surgeon’s role in the delivery of multidisciplinary care to the critically ill.
  • Understand the requirements of the patients and their relatives during critical illness and be able to inform and support both appropriately.

Course directors

  • Mr Peter Murchan MB BCh NUI, Consultant General Surgeon
  • Mr Tom McCormack MB BCh NUI, Consultant General Surgeon