SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M2B722576
Module Leader Fiona Roche
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of Level 1 modules, or equivalent

Summary of Content

This module provides the opportunity for students to develop their professional practice in all areas of perioperative care. The two key content areas of the module are the assessment, delivery and evaluation of safe, evidenced based, postoperative care of patients undergoing elective surgery and anaesthesia and the further development of professional behaviours, knowledge and skills in surgery and anaesthetics . The module explores the recognition and management of commonly occurring postoperative complications, the endocrine system and the management of diabetes. It also introduces the topic of drug administration and further develops students' skills in drug calculations. The module provides students with their first clinical placement in post anaesthetic care and an opportunity to build on and consolidate their previous clinical experience in surgery and anaesthetics.


Role of the ODP in anaesthesia, surgery and post anaesthetic care CPD, portfolio development and lifelong learning Development of human factors and non-technical skills and their application to professional practice Drug calculations 2 Drug preparation and administration and monitoring the effects of drugs Cardiac drugs Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the endocrine system with particular reference to diabetes Management of the diabetic patient Preparation of the post anaesthetic care unit and the creation of a safe environment Infection control in the post anaesthetic care unit Receiving patients from theatre, including ABCDE approach to assessment Planning, delivering and evaluating the care of patients recovering from surgery and anaesthesia Management of commonly occurring post operative complications and conditions Communicating with post operative patients, including a meeting with a patient or a carer Assessing and responding to altered levels of consciousness The role of complimentary therapies in the management of the post operative patient Applying national and local discharge criteria guidelines Documenting care and handover of care to other departments

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1.Apply the knowledge and skills of a post anaesthesia practitioner to the planning, implementation and evaluation of care to patients, (and where appropriate their carers), while they recover from elective surgery and anaesthesia.2.Apply and develop previous knowledge and skills in the role of the surgical and anaesthetic practitioner when caring for patients undergoing surgery and anaesthesia. 3.Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the endocrine system and the associated surgical procedures, with particular reference to caring for the diabetic patient.4.Demonstrate skills and knowledge in the recognition, assessment and treatment of patients suffering from commonly occurring post operative complications and conditions.5.Calculate drug dosages, and issue, prepare, administer and monitor the effects of drugs in the perioperative patient.6.Identify, analyse and reflect upon the cultural, ethical, moral and practical issues that affect communication with patients.7.Understand, and apply to all roles within perioperative practice, the legal and professional issues surrounding inter-professional communication, transfer and discharge criteria, and the documentation of care.8.Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the professional practice issues in operating department practice.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will use lectures, practical simulation/ demonstration, directed learning workbooks and placement learning to promote an understanding of the key theoretical principles of post anaesthetic care and to develop more specialised principles in surgical and anaesthetic practice. Students will spend 4 weeks in placement in postanaesthetic care and 7 weeks in surgical and anaesthetic practice, to enable them to develop and consolidate a wide range of clinical skills, under the supervision of a trained Mentor. A range of assessment methods will be used.

Indicative Reading

-440 Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland. 2013. Immediate Postanaesthetic Recovery, AAGBI, London Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland. 2013. UK National Core Competencies in Post-anaesthesia Care, AAGBI, London Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland. 2007. Recommendations for Standards of Monitoring During Anaesthesia and Recovery 4 th edn., AAGBI, London Association for .Perioperative Practice 2011. Standards and Recommendations for Safe Perioperative Practice AfPP, Harrogate -440 Belchetz , P. E., Hammond, P. (2003) Mosby's Color Atlas and Text of Diabetes and Endocrinology Mosby, St. Louis College of Operating Department Practitioners, 2011. Student Standards of Professional Behaviour, CODP, London -440 Cox F., 2009, Perioperative Pain Management illustrated edition, Wiley-Blackwell, London Flin, R. O'Connor, P. Crichton, M. 2008. Safety at the Sharp End, A Guide to Non-Technical Skills Ashgate, Farnham. -440 Hatfield, A., Tronson, M. (2009) The Complete Recovery Room Book , 4 th Ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford Health and Care Professions Council. 2012. Standards of conduct, performance and ethics, HCPC, London. Health and Care Professions Council. 2012. Guidance on conduct and ethics for students, HCPC, London. Hughes, S. Mardell, A. 2009 Oxford Handbook of Perioperative Practice Oxford University Press, Oxford. Humphrey, P. Rang, M. Dale, M. Ritter, J. Flower, R. Henderson. G, 2011. Rang & Dale's Pharmacology . Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Radford, M. County, B. Oakely, M. 2004. Advancing Perioperative Practice, Nelson-Thornes, Cheltenham. Smith, B. Rawling, P. Wicker, P. Jones, C. 2007, Core Topics in Operating Department Practice - Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Waugh, A. Grant, A. 2010 Ross & Wilson: Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness 11 th ed, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Wicker, P. O'Neil, J. 2010, Care of the Perioperative Patient 2 nd Edition, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.

Transferrable Skills

The learning strategies used and the practice placement learning will enable the students to develop and build upon skills of assessment, monitoring, communication, patient safety, analysis, communication and team working.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 32.00
Practicals (FT) 20.00
Placement 307.50
Assessment (FT) 44.00
Independent Learning (FT) 140.00
Tutorials (FT) 4.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
WA n/a 100.00 40% 3000 word written assignment WA
CT 1.00 0.00 100% CLASS TEST CT Online drug calculations