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Causes of multi-organ failure MED5495

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The aim of this course is to describe common diseases and injuries which can lead to multi-organ failure. In addition it will cover recent evidence and state of the art management of these diseases and injuries in Critical Care.


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

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 reviewing the impact of Critical Care on modifying the outcome of multi-organ failure (80%).

2. Presentation related to multi-organ failure causality (20%).

Course Aims

The course aims to equip the students with up to date state of the art knowledge of common diseases and injuries precipitating multi-organ failure and their management.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues which are at the forefront of causality of multi-organ failure.

■ Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge in relation to role of Critical Care in modifying outcomes in multi-organ failure.

■ Demonstrate a critical understanding of the evolution and impact of Critical Care in modifying patient outcomes.

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.