POM5101 - Perioperative Medicine and Cardiorespiratory Disease


12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Level Postgraduate
Faculty Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Offered Semester 1
Coordinator(s) Dr Enjarn Lin, Dr Stuart Hastings


Cardiorespiratory disease is increasing in prevalence and creates a number of perioperative diagnostic and management dilemmas. This unit aims to consolidate and extend the student's knowledge of the pathophysiology of cardiac and respiratory disease, and review the perioperative interventions that can be applied to improve patient outcomes.



  1.  Correlate the pathogenesis of hypertension, coronary artery disease, cardiac failure,congenital heart disease, valvular lesions and pulmonary hypertension with patient history and clinical examination.
  2.  Recognise and manage arrhythmias that may occur during the perioperative period.
  3.  Describe the management of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices that are commonly encountered during perioperative care.
  4.  Summarise the impact of these cardiovascular disorders during the perioperative period and develop a framework for the assessment of these increasingly complex patients.
  5.  Critically evaluate the findings of perioperative cardiac investigations including echocardiography.
  6.  Use the findings from perioperative cardiac investigations to classify a patient's perioperative cardiovascular risk.
  7.  Explain the essential components of a thorough examination of the cardiac patient and formulate a suitable/appropriate/feasible management plan.
  8.  Formulate a perioperative management plan for patients with complex respiratory conditions.
  9.  Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary perioperative medicine team to organise an appropriate perioperative plan to maximise the patient's perioperative outcome.

Format of unit

  1.  Online course content.
  2.  Online assessments.


  1.  Short Essay (1500 words) = 20%
  2.  Individual iSAP Case based assessment (1500 words) = 20%
  3.  Group iSAP Case based assessment (2000 words) = 30%
  4.  Long Essay (3000 words) = 30%


Time commitment

20-24 hours per week of time commitment (on average).


Chief examiner(s)

Professor Paul Myles


Unit Co-ordinators

Dr. Stuart Hastings

Dr. Enjarn Lin


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