Principles and practice of cardiothoracic surgical care (degree level)

Key features

This 40 credit degree-level module will enable you to develop the ability to respond to the challenges within the cardiothoracic setting through the promotion of current evidence based practice, delivering a high standard of quality care. You will also build on your knowledge and skills by integrating theory and practice into your role.

The content of this module will include: 

  • cardiothoracic anatomy and physiology
  • aetiology of the disease process with identification of risk factors and preoperative interventions 
  • a multidisciplinary team approach in caring for a cardiothoracic patient 
  • insight into cardiothoracic surgery
  • post-operative care including principles of chest drain management, pain management, non-invasive respiratory support and basic blood gas analysis 
  • cardiac pacing
  • nutritional support and rehabilitation
  • physiotherapy and chest x-ray interpretation and open chest simulation
  • current cardiothoracic research

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some of our BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

This module is delivered by Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust in partnership with Plymouth University.

Module code

HEAD348

Credits

40

FHEQ level

Level 6 – bachelors degree

Location

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Module dates

Please contact the Education Co-ordinator for the trust offering the module (see 'How to apply' for contact details)