Critical Care Nursing

Suggested Topics

Cardiac Physiology
Cardiovascular Pathophysiology
Cardiac Pacing
Respiratory Physiology
Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation.
Monitoring Techniques: Haemodynamic Monitoring; Arterial Lines; Central Lines; Pulmonary Artery Catheters, Pulse Oximetry -SpO2; Capnography – EtCO2
Lung Sounds
Chest X-ray Interpretation
Care of the Mechanically Ventilated Patient.
Advanced Ventilation Strategies
Respiratory Disorders
Renal Physiology; Acute Renal Failure
Renal Replacement Therapies
Neurological Disorders
Management of Cardiac Arrest
Endocrine & Metabolic: Diabetic Emergencies; Hepatic Failure
Critical Care Pharmacology


  • Course Program

    Thursday Evenings for 10 Weeks from 6.30 to 9.30 p.m.
    Please note that topic sequence may vary. Topics will include:

    WeekSubject/Activity
    1.Fundamental Cardiac Physiology; Cardiac Muscle Physiology; Innervation of the Myocardium; Adrenergic Receptors; Regulation of Cardiac Output & Blood Pressure.
    2.Cardiovascular Pathophysiology; Assessment & Management of the Patient with Chest Pain; Shock States - Assessment & Management.
    3.Respiratory Physiology; The Control of Ventilation; Dynamics of Spontaneous Breathing; Gas Transport; Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation.
    4.Monitoring Techniques; Haemodynamic Monitoring; Arterial Lines; Central Lines; Pulmonary Artery Catheters, Pulse Oximetry -SpO2. Capnography - EtCO2
    5.Respiratory; Lung Sounds, Chest X-ray Interpretation; Indications & Goals for Mechanical Ventilation; Ventilator Modes; Care of the Mechanically Ventilated Patient.
    6.Respiratory Disorders; Assessment & Management of the Patient with Asthma; Intercostal Catheters & Underwater Sealed Drainage.
    7.Renal; Physiology; Acute Renal Failure - Assessment, Complications & Management.
    8.Neurological Disorders; Neurological Assessment; Care of the Patient with Raised Intracranial Pressure; Brain Death.
    9.Resuscitation; Management of Cardiac Arrest
    10.Endocrine & Metabolic; Hepatic Failure; Diabetic Emergencies.
    PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to attend any session, you can make that session up in future courses at no charge.

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