This module will allow students to develop theoretical knowledge of the anatomy and physiology underpinning critical illness, in order to profile the critical care patient. The module aims to develop students critical awareness of clinical evidence related to the critically ill patient. This module covers:
The respiratory system: anatomy and physiology, respiratory muscle function and assessment, lung function (flow, compliance, resistance, and volumes) and clinical lung function testing, gas exchange and gas transport, and control of breathing in health and disease.
The cardiovascular system: structure and function, electrophysiology, control of cardiac output, tissue perfusion, control of blood pressure and cardiac reflexes.
The renal system: structure and function of the kidney and renal regulation.
The neurological system: The brain and disorders of consciousness. (Additional body systems will be covered in the Rehabilitation After Critical Illness module, and The Specialist Patient modules.)