POM5002 - Acute perioperative medicine


12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSLL

Level Postgraduate
Faculty Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Offered Semester 2, 2019 (29 July 2019 - 25 October 2019) and Semester 2, 2020 ONLY
Coordinator(s) Dr. Christine Ball, Dr. Simon Hendel


The focus of this unit is for the participant to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills in managing the trauma patient in the acute setting, as well as the chronic patient with an acute exacerbation of their disease. It will focus on strategies to improve the outcome for these patients. Participants will gain practical knowledge of airway management, ventilation strategies and circulatory support strategies.



  1.  Diagnose and treat patients with a range of chronic medical diseases, with a focus on the perioperative period.
  2.  Identify the patient who may require acute airway management and apply basic airway management principles to maintain and secure the airway.
  3.  Explain various ventilation strategies that assist in improving respiratory outcomes in the acute trauma patient, as well as the patient with chronic lung disease.
  4.  List and justify the rationale for using various fluids (including blood products) to maintain circulatory and nutritional support.
  5.  Explain the pathophysiological mechanisms that occur to a patient in the setting of acute trauma. This includes neurotrauma, chest and abdominal trauma, as well as burns trauma. Correlate these with the patient's clinical signs and symptoms.
  6.  Competently examine the respiratory patient and formulate a perioperative management plan.
  7.  Discuss issues relating to retirueval of the acutely ill patient.
  8.  With appropriate collaboration formulate and effectively execute/deliverly a defensible/appropriate management plan for an acutely unwell patient.

Format of unit

  1.  Online course content.


  1.  Long Essay (3000 words) = 28%
  2.  Short Essay (1000 words) = 12%
  3.  Group Case Assignments (2500 words per group) = 10%%
  4.  Two iSAP Case based assessments (2 x 20%) = 40%%
  5.  Online MCQ exam (30 questions, 1 hour) = 10%


Time commitment

Approximately 20 hours per week


Chief examiner(s)

Professor Paul Myles


Unit Co-ordinators

Dr. Christine Ball

Dr. Simon Hendel


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