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96088 Acute Physiotherapy Care

6cp; 6hpw (1 x 2hr masterclass; 2 x 2hr workshops)


The physiotherapy management of people with acute respiratory, cardiac and surgical conditions by the multidisciplinary healthcare team is taught in this subject using inquiry-based and case-based learning. The subject provides students with an understanding of the needs and problems of the acute care patient, including cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal systems across the lifespan. Research evidence for cardiopulmonary management across the spectrum of medical, surgical and acute neurological patients is applied according to evidence-based guidelines and current best practice. Person-centred care is considered from interprofessional perspectives. The role of the physiotherapist in interprofessional teams, including leading teams is introduced and debated. Students are introduced to the interdisciplinary intensive care unit (ICU) setting, and assessment and treatment skills for ICU. Strategies to manage their own physical and psychological health when working in acute care settings, conflict resolution and team leadership are also introduced in this subject.

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