UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PODI5303 Anesthesia and General Surgery

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content Topics covered in the general surgery component include the principles of general surgery, disturbances of homeostasis, care of the surgical patient, vascular diseases affecting the lower limb, complications of surgery including bleeding, management of infection, understanding wound healing and advance plastic surgery techniques such as flaps and grafts. The anaesthesia component covers areas relevant to podiatry. The use by podiatrists of local anaesthetics, 'conscious sedation' techniques and sedative agents are covered in detail. Topics related to general anaesthesia and of relevance to podiatrists and podiatric surgeons working in a theatre environment are discussed. Topics covered include pre-operative assessment and preparation, drugs, equipment and monitoring used in general anaesthesia, recovery from anaesthesia, management of pain, nausea and vomiting after anaesthesia. Anaesthetic emergencies, first aid and resuscitation are discussed. Students are instructed in the practice of regional ankle block.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) discuss principles of general surgery, disturbances of homeostasis and wound healing; (2) discuss the provision of safe and quality care in the patient undergoing surgical interventions; (3) discuss assessment and complications of diabetic patients; (4) understand anaesthetic emergencies, first aid and resuscitation.; (5) discuss the use by podiatrists of local anaesthetics, 'conscious sedation' techniques and sedative agents; (6) discuss the use of general anaesthesia relevant to podiatrists and podiatric surgeons working in a theatre environment; (7) discuss in-patient care of the surgical patient and possible post-operative complications such as bleeding, fever, DVT, Pulmonary embolism and infection; (8) discuss the management of a patient with burns; (9) understand plastic surgery techniques such as grafting and use of skin flaps; (10) discuss the indication for and demonstrate developing skills in performing ankle blocks; (11) discuss factors that can be controlled in an immunocompromised patient by ways of education; (12) discuss preventative diabetic care and management of diabetic limb salvage; (13) recognition of the importance of team work for optimal patient care in management of immunocompromised patients; (14) apply principles of professionalism in academic work; and (15) demonstrate developing skills of a life- long learner including the ability to seek resources to address gaps in knowledge and practice.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) end of semester General Surgery/Anaesthesia examination; and (2) anaesthesia practical exam (OSCE). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Reza Naraghi
Unit rules
Prerequisites: completion of all Level 2 units in Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/PODI5303/SEM-1/2017

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