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HLTH6201 Deteriorating adult level 7

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify and critically consider a range of pathophysiological factors which place the acutely unwell adult at risk of deterioration / critical illness
  • Identify and critically consider influences on clinical decision making in relation to the deteriorating adult patient.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence which underpins the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care to the deteriorating adult patient.
  • Understand the implications of legal, ethical and/or professional issues in practice which influence the care of the deteriorating adult and their family.
  • Critically consider your role in the identification and support of the adult at risk of deterioration


A range of subjects are taught within the module relating to the learning outcomes. • Context of care and the ‘at risk’ patient • Physiology update • ABCDE - Assessment & Intervention • Common patient presentations and management • Clinical decision making • Interpreting results of common investigations • Evidence based practice applied to care of the deteriorating adult patient • working with the patient and their family to determine care needs and planning • Root cause analysis • Organisational aspects on acuity • Intra-hospital and inter-hospital patient transfer • Assertiveness • Communication • Ethics • End-of-life decision making • Case study • Study skills and seminars regarding student learning contracts • Tutorial time • Module evaluation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A range of teaching and learning methods are employed throughout this module in order to cater to the spectrum of learning styles. During the study days the following strategies may be used: • Large group lecture/exposition • Large group discussion • Small group discussion • Case study • Small group activities (for example production of a management plan template) • Small group seminar • Individual tutorial • On-line activities • Module workbook with suggested self-directed learning activities to prepare for subsequent study days

Guided independent study215
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Clarke, D. Malecki-Ketchell, A. (2016). NUrsing the acutely ill adult. 

Woodrow, P. (2016). Nursing Acutely Ill Adults. 

NICE Clinical Guideline 50.



Essay plan and seminar presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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