Care of surgical patients begins in the pre-operative phase, and is continued into the perioperative and intraoperative phases through to recovery and post-operative care. This continuing journey is complex and involves many people and departments underpinned by interprofessional working and collaboration.

This module adopts a wide approach to this surgical journey and is suitable for anyone working with surgical patients or who may have an interest in surgery as a health and social care practitioner. In studying this module you will be encouraged to not only see your involvement in surgery and perioperative practice as application of a range of technical skills but also to place the person undergoing surgery at the centre of their focus, challenging existing techniques and practices.

Module content will include:

  • Pre-operative assessment
  • Patient information
  • Documentation
  • Patient preparation
  • Preparing the environment
  • Consent
  • Assessment tools including mortality and morbidity calculation
  • Elective versus emergency surgery
  • Regional, local and general anaesthesia
  • Managing adverse reactions to anaesthesia
  • Scientific principles of anaesthesia
  • Surgical access and positioning 
  • Immediate postoperative care
  • Day Surgery
  • Recovery
  • Perioperative stress
  • Wound healing and infection
  • Nutrition and surgery
  • Body image and surgery
  • Concepts of pain
  • Managing nausea and vomiting
  • Discharge following surgery
  • Issues in specific types of surgery
  • Technology in surgery
  • Roles and interprofessional working
  • Patient safety and communication
  • Pharmacological interventions
  • Fluid therapy and fluid replacement
  • Monitoring and observations
  • Emergency planning
  • Resource management
  • Role of critical care

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise your own role in relation to care of the surgical patient
  • Critically examine contemporary issues and challenges in surgical care
  • Synthesise theory and practice in relation to surgical care

Through completing this module you will gain a range of transferable skills including:

Graduate skills

  • Reflection
  • Portfolio-building
  • Self-awareness
  • Theory: practice synthesis

Digital Skills 

You will also be given the opportunity to develop digital skills through the use of interactive technology e.g. discussion forums, personal blog. This module will enable you to:

  • Study effectively in technological environments
  • Use digital devices, applications and services
  • Participate in digital networks for learning and research

Please note: *Prices correct for 2018/19 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2019