POM5102 - Acute Perioperative Care


12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSLL

Level Postgraduate
Faculty Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Offered Semester 2
Coordinator(s) Dr Simon Hendel / Dr Marissa Ferguson


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 ventilation strategies and circulatory support strategies.



  1.  Understand the process of perioperative risk stratification and the place of intervention in the perioperative setting.
  2.  Explain the pathophysiological processes that occur in a patient in the setting of acute trauma.
  3.  Correlate the pathophysiological mechanisms in acute trauma with the patient’s clinical signs and symptoms.
  4.  Develop a comprehensive plan for managing perioperative anaemia.
  5.  List and justify the rationale for using various fluids (including blood products) to maintain circulatory and nutritional support.
  6.  Identify commonly used anticoagulant and antiplatelet agents, understand their pharmacology and justify their use in the perioperative period.
  7.  Justify the use of thromboprophylaxis during the perioperative period.
  8.  Recognise the patient with acute pain and correlate their condition to the underlying pathophysiology.
  9.  With appropriate collaboration formulate a defensible/appropriate management plan for an acutely unwell perioperative patient.

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. Simon Hendel

Dr Marissa Ferguson


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