Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Management of multi-organ failure MED5494

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

During this course the student will learn how to recognise and support the major failing organ systems. The systems covered will include cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, hepatic, gastrointestinal, neurological and haematological. Emphasis will be placed on the interactions and competing challenges when dealing with more than one simultaneously failing organ system.


A variety of teaching methods will be scheduled during the week including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and ward rounds.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Summative assessment will be carried out using 2 methods:


1. Written Assignment: The student will write an essay of approx. 2,500 words critically appraising the literature around an aspect of managing multi-organ failure (80%)

2. Data interpretation: The students will be assessed in a data interpretation exercise on failing organ systems and their management (20%)

Course Aims

The student will have knowledge of the signs and symptoms of failing major organ systems. They will be able to describe how to support these failing systems and in particular describe the challenges and interactions when more than one organ system fails simultaneously.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of key elements of the management of multi- organ failure

■ Demonstrate an extensive, detailed knowledge and understanding of available equipment designed to support patients with multi-organ failure

■ Undertake critical evaluations of a wide range of data underpinning clinical decision making

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.