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Post-anaesthetic care: principles and practice | HP6013Y | Level 6 (Undergraduate) | Credits 30 | 2020/21
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
Application Portal
Post-anaesthetic care: principles and practice | HP6013Y | Level 6 (Undergraduate) | Credits 30 | 2020/21
12/01/2021 | Intake Closed
12/01/2021, 19/01/2021, 26/01/2021, 02/02/2021, 09/02/2021, 16/02/2021, 23/02/2021, 02/03/2021, 09/03/2021, 16/03/2021
** Applications will ordinarily close 28 days before start date of a course.


This module will enable healthcare practitioners to develop the clinical skills and knowledge to provide appropriate and effective care to patients in the post-anaesthetic care environment.


Who is this module for?

Healthcare practitioners currently working in the post anaesthetic care unit (PACU) of main operating theatres or day surgery environments.

Participants should have a minimum of six months experience of working within a PACU setting and should have completed the undergraduate 'Perioperative practice' module or equivalent.


Unseen examination and competency assessment document (CAD)

Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, the assessment for this module (examination element) may be subject to alteration.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse how surgery and anaesthesia affect the patient in the post-operative period.
  2. Apply evidence based knowledge of monitoring/ assessment in planning, implementing and evaluating post-anaesthetic care from admission to discharge from the unit.
  3. Demonstrate competence in the management of airway and respiratory insufficiency in the post-anaesthetic period.
  4. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of, and skill in the management of cardio-vascular instability in the post-anaesthetic period.
  5. Critically analyse the physiological and psychological principles that underpin post-anaesthetic pain management.
  6. Select appropriate strategies for the management of post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV) and critically evaluate their effectiveness.
  7. Distinguish the unique care needs of different patient groups from the variety of surgical settings.


Course length: 10 teaching days plus exam



Course Notes

As a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, your course may now have to be initially delivered partly online. Please use this link to see what the technology requirements are.




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Course Leader
Name: Lucie Llewellyn

Self Funding: £1690.00

*Trust Commissioning and Trust Non-contract funding same price as above

Mode of Delivery
Online learning and classroom - NOTE: In the autumn term, due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, face-to-face teaching will be limited to clinically focused modules incorporating practical skills teaching. This will remain the case throughout the 2020/21 academic year, until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow a greater proportion of on-site teaching. At the time of writing, it is not known when this will be.
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