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DEN412: Surgical Techniques & Safety

Units: 1   Credits: 15   Semesters: A   Level: 7   Fulltime: Y
Description: This course introduces students to a wide range of equipment for use in surgery. It looks at the importance of electrical safety within the medical environment, and the rules governing equipment. It also aims to cover the principles of operation of a number of important monitoring devices and some of the major electronic equipment used within a surgical environment.
Method of Delivery (Teaching and Learning Profile):
Course Type: Taught
Approx hours to be spent by students in: Lectures: 22   Seminars: 0   Fieldwork/visits: 0
Lab work: 6   Timetabled project/coursework: 0
Percentage Credit for Examination: 75%    Credit for Coursework: 25%
Aims: This course aims to introduce students to a wide range equipment for use in surgery. It looks at the importance of electrical safety within the medical environment, and the rules governing equipment. It also aims to cover the principles of operation of a number of important monitoring devices and some of the major electronic equipment used within a surgical environment.
Objectives: Upon completing this course, students will have attained:

A clear understanding of electrical safety, the physiological affects of electricity and the British standard requirements for medical equipment safety

An understanding of the effects of anesthesia on human physiology and the specific monitoring requirements for anesthetized patients

Knowledge of a variety of popular monitoring and operating systems used during surgery
Syllabus: 1. Electrical safety, the physiological effects of electricity and the British standard requirements for medical equipment safety
(4 hrs)

2. Health and Safety and monitoring Adverse Incidents (2 hrs)

3. Anaesthesia: effects on human physiology and the specific monitoring requirements for anaesthetised patients (2 hrs)

4. Blood gas analysis and patient monitoring during surgery
(2 hrs)

5. Exploratory surgery and endoscopes (3 hrs)

6. Electrosurgery and the use of lasers for surgical procedures
(3 hrs)

7. Basic ventilator uses and design (2 hrs)

8. Infusion and perfusion systems (2 hrs)

9. Pulse oximetry (2 hrs)
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