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Principles of Surgery and Anaesthesia (VET301)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit explores the fundamentals of surgery and anaesthesia and builds on the basic concepts of aseptic surgical technique, basic surgical principles and technique, pharmacology and administration of tranquilisers, analgesic and anaesthetic agents, principles of anaesthesia equipment and breathing systems, physiology of pain and pain assessment. Basic concepts are applied to clinical scenarios which help to illustrate principles. Laboratory classes will develop essential practical skills, mastery of which is required for progression into subsequent surgery classes.
Unit Learning Outcomes Learning outcomes include:
1. Develop knowledge of the basic principles of surgery including the fundamentals of aseptic technique, instrument use and tissue handling, suturing and wound healing.
2. Develop basic technical skills required to prepare for and perform aseptic surgery including patient and surgeon preparation, gowning, gloving and draping.
3. Develop basic technical skills required to handle surgical instruments and use these to incise and suture tissue with construction of various suture patterns.
4. Develop ability to classify basic anaesthetic drugs, recall their pharmacologic behaviour and their indications in anaesthesia
5. Be able to calculate drug doses appropriate for a given patient
6. Be able to perform fundamental anaesthesia skills such as intubation, catheterisation, setting up breathing systems, use and interpretation of commonly used monitoring equipment
7. Understand the mechanisms of pain and commonly used techniques to assess pain
8. Develop their skills in the information literacy, critical thinking and problem solving
9. Develop the habit of reading and extracting relevant information from the veterinary literature
10. Develop skills of applying theoretical knowledge to clinical problems and scenarios.
11. Further develop computer-based skills in preparation for clinical practice.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 x week; Laboratories: 1 x 3 hours per week per student.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit will consist of lectures and laboratories with introduction of clinical scenarios to illustrate application of the theoretical material. The laboratories will be centred around the lecture material and are designed to build skills on aseptic technique and suturing, and anaesthetic skills such as machine set up, intubation, catheterisation, anaesthesia monitoring and drug calculation. There will be several OSCE assessments during the laboratory time, intended to ensure that the students acquire a basic skill set that is necessary to progress through the curriculum. The students must pass these OSCE's to pass the unit.
Assessment The final examinations will test application of material covered in the lectures and practicals. The OSCE's are designed to promote and test mastery of fundamental skills in surgical asepsis and anaesthesia including gowning, gloving, draping, suturing, anaesthetic machine set up, intubation, catheterisation, drug calculation and anaesthetic monitoring.
Final exam
OSCE 1 - aseptic technique
OSCE 2 - suturing
OSCE 3 - anaesthetic machines/monitoring
OSCE 4 - anaesthesia skills and drug calculation
Prerequisites Enrolment in BSc (Veterinary Biology)/DVM; Successful completion of VET210, VET211, VET260, VET271, VET272, VET273, VET274, VET278, VET375 and VET331.
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Veterinary Science (BSc)+(DVM) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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