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The University of Southampton

HLTH6208 Intensive care level 7

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply an in depth and systematic knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to the techniques employed when caring for patients with critical care needs.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the roles and responsibilities of bedside practitioners in the delivery of health care interventions to a broad range of critical care patients.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of current approaches to decision making in the care and management of the critically ill adult
  • Critically analyse and respond to contemporary issues in critical care medicine and consider how these impact on patient outcome and care
  • Demonstrate competence in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the care of critically ill patients
  • Critically appraise and evaluate policy, protocols, organisation and management of care for the critically ill patient and their families


The syllabus reflects the broad nature of Intensive care practice. The syllabus is designed on the CCN3 Step 2 competencies and will enable you to develop your skills and practice in caring for the critically ill adult. Physiology and related pathophysiology • Respiratory • Cardiovascular • Renal • Hepatic • Gastrointestinal • Nutrition • Neurological • Trauma • Sepsis and MOF Rehabilitation Psychological care of patients and their families Management of the critically ill patient • Ventilation strategies • Cardiovascular management • Renal support (including replacement therapies) Assessment of the critically ill adult • Respiratory (including auscultation and chest x-ray interpretation) • Cardiovascular • Neurological Using and generating evidence Audit Empirical research Policies and guidance Ethical considerations

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching methods may include: lectures seminars small group work independent guided study simulated practice

Independent Study201
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Woodrow, Phillip (2019). Intensive care nursing. 

Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.

Jarvis, Carolyn (2012). Physical examination and health assessment. 


Assessment Strategy

Designed to allow you to demonstrate your practical and theoretical knowledge in the care of the critically ill adult


Essay proposal


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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