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.

Anaesthesia for the Critically Ill Patient MED5548

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

The aim of this course is to provide the student with a detailed insight into the challenges of providing anaesthesia to a critically ill patient by critically appraising the published literature. This will include physiology, pathophysiology of key conditions leading to respiratory, cardiac and renal failure. In addition, it will evaluate state of the art intraoperative management of respiratory, cardiac and renal failure in an operating theatre environment including advanced mechanical ventilation, inotropic support and renal replacement therapy.


A variety of teaching methods in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will be scheduled for students to complete throughout the semester: recorded lectures, live tutorials, webinars, and interactive cases. The students will be expected to conduct a small project within their own working environment.

Throughout the course students will also be expected to engage in monitored discussion forums in the VLE to promote peer assisted learning.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1. 1000 word approx. written assignment70%)


2. Written exam (30%)

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide the student with a detailed insight into the challenges of providing anaesthesia to a critically ill patient. Students will also develop a critical understanding of the management of respiratory, cardiac and renal failure intraoperatively to optimise patient outcomes. They will be encouraged to independently apply this knowledge in their own professional setting.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Apply critical analysis and synthesis of the evidence surrounding issues and conditions related to anaesthesia in the critically ill patient.

2. Identify and critically appraise published literature in relation to management of respiratory, cardiac and renal failure in the perioperative period.

3. Identify complex issues to make independent judgments in relation to the management of critically ill patients intraoperatively.

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.