Interactive online e-learning module that examines the procedure for assessing the seriously ill patient and identifying and treating immediately life-threatening problems to the airway, breathing and circulation.
Relevance to General Practice
The management of the seriously ill or injured patient in the first few minutes may significantly determine chances of survival, risk for complications and long term disability. In seriously ill patients GPs are frequently required to commence management of the patient before they have a diagnosis or the opportunity to complete a thorough clinical assessment. This course will identify the process for the immediate assessment and intervention in the seriously ill adult or child and then focus on immediately life threatening problems affecting the airway, breathing and circulation
- Describe the purpose and procedure of the Primary Survey and the features on examination that should be checked at each stage of the survey.
- Identify key clinical examination findings associated with life threatening illness.
- List the clinical features used to assess the degree of respiratory distress and recognise clinical examination findings indicative of respiratory failure.
- Describe the critical nature of circulatory status to vital organ function and list the clinical features used to assess the degree of hypovolaemia.
- Manage and allocate team roles to effectively coordinated local hospital staff and resources when managing critically unwell patients.
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Rural health
- Adult health
- Children and young people health