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Perioperative Fluid Therapy: an E-Learning Resource

  • 20-30 hours
  • No start date - work at your own pace

Overview

Perioperative Fluid Therapy is a web-based learning resource designed for clinicians and those engaged in the care of the surgical patient.

The resource is intended to improve your knowledge and understanding of which intravenous fluid therapies are most appropriate for treating patients during, before and after an operation.

Who this resource is for

The resource is aimed at hospital staff involved in the care of patients in the perioperative period

This includes:

  • anaesthetists
  • surgeons
  • physicians
  • theatre and clinic nurses
  • operating department practitioners of all training grades

Content

This resource will help you to:

  • review the physiology of fluid homeostasis
  • analyse and appraise the different options for fluid therapy used in perioperative resuscitation
  • discuss strategies in choosing the composition of fluid in the context of surgical losses

You’ll review the literature and best evidence available so you can form your own opinions as to the most appropriate fluid therapy to use in a number of perioperative settings.

Fluid therapy remains a controversial subject in perioperative patient management, with variable recommendations stated in the literature for the composition and volume of the fluid given. 

Structure

The resource is written in a way which presents the case for and against controversial subjects, allowing you to form your own opinions.

It’s designed to be completed in short periods of professional development (note: the resource is not designed for you to work through from beginning to end in one sitting.)

You’ll have access to:

  • interactive learning materials
  • opinions from world experts
  • the key evidence-based journal articles and clinical guidelines on the subject

Eligibility

Although anyone with an interest in perioperative patient care can use this resource, it's been designed primarily to appeal to the multidisciplinary team involved in the care of patients in the perioperative period.

A basic knowledge of human fluid physiology is desired and supported by an introductory first chapter.

This resource is fully online. Access to a computer and internet access is essential for all aspects of the course.

Learning outcomes

This resource will help you to:

  • review the physiology of fluid homeostasis
  • analyse and appraise the different options for fluid therapy used in perioperative resuscitation
  • discuss strategies in choosing the composition of fluid in the context of surgical losses

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Course team

Dr Gautam Kumar

Gautam is a senior registrar in anaesthesia at University College Hospitals NHS Trust and a clinical teaching fellow at UCL’s Academic Centre for Medical Education and a research assistant in UCL’s Division of Surgery and Interventional Science. His interests include postgraduate medical education, general anaesthesia and perioperative medicine. He is involved in the development of an e-learning Masters programme in Perioperative Medicine.


Dr David Walker

David is a consultant in anaesthesia and critical care medicine at University College London Hospitals. He trained in medicine in Southampton and undertook postgraduate training in Wessex, Oxford, Toronto and London. He now divides his time equally between anaesthesia and critical care and has an interest in high-risk surgical care and postgraduate medical education. As an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Division of Surgery UCL David lead the development of the first MSc in Perioperative Medicine.


Course information last modified: 18 Oct 2017, 10:09

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