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Paediatric Anaesthetic Care

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This module will provide you with a sound knowledge of basic physiology, anatomy and pharmacology of both the normal and abnormal neonate/child. An understanding of law related to children and related effective communication. The identification of the sick child; initial treatment and safe transfer of that child. 

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course the student will be able to: 

  • understand the differences in anatomy, physiology and pharmacology between neonate/child and adult
  • identify medico-legal issues related to children.  How to effectively communicate with both parents and children
  • the ability to identify a sick child, initiate treatment and arrange safe transfer.

Module syllabus

This module will consist of 30 hours of structured learning activity, as lectures and seminars over 1 week.

  • anatomy, physiology and pharmacology of the neonate/child
  • congenital problems and syndromes
  • congenital cardiac problems and what it means to the anaesthetist/clinician
  • effective communication
  • consent
  • child protection
  • management of a paediatric service in a non-specialist hospital
  • acute pain service
  • core topics by paediatricians
  • airway emergencies
  • sepsis – meningococcal etc
  • neonatal anaesthesia and anaesthesia for the under 12 months in the DGH
  • recognition of the sick child
  • resuscitation and stabilisation of the sick child
  • setting up for retrieval
  • when you have to transfer – time critical transfers (head injuries)
  • Paediatric Life Support.

Course assessment

A 4,000 word assignment is required to gain 20 CATS points from the module. The aim of this assignment is to provide evidence of the student's capacity for in-depth study; their skills in reviewing and critically appraising the literature, and their ability to critically apply the knowledge and skills gained.



Module Leader

Course Coordinator

Marie Mooney

T: 44 (0)24 76574264

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