PODI5303 Anaesthesia and General Surgery

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Topics covered in the general surgery component include the principles of general surgery, disturbances of homeostasis, wound healing, grafts, flaps, care of the surgical patient, vascular disease affecting the lower limb, complications of surgery including bleeding and infection and wound healing. 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
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 factors that can be controlled in an immune-compromised patient through education; (11) discuss preventative diabetic care and management of diabetic limb salvage; (12) display professional behaviour in a variety of clinical/educational settings; (13) recognise the importance of team work for optimal patient care in management of immune-compromised patients; and (14) perform regional ankle block.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written examination and (2) in-training assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the in-training assessment component.

Supplementary assessment is available for students currently enrolled in the unit who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 overall and a mark of at least 45 in any Failed Components.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Reza Naraghi
Unit rules
Successful completion of PODI4203 General Medicine and Pathology, AND PODI4205 Progression of Clinical Practice 2, AND PODI4208 Research Methods AND PODI4213 Integrated Podiatric Medicine 2.
Contact hours
2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-E-1-2020]
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