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Critical Events in Anaesthesia and Risk Management

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This module will provide anaesthetists with the essential tools to identify anaesthetic risks, reduce errors in anaesthetic care, to minimise the consequences of those errors to patients and staff, and to reduce the human and financial consequences of litigation. At the end of the module, you will be able to identify and apply strategies to minimise risk; use education to minimise risk and be aware of the consequences of critical events and their sequelae 

Learning Outcomes

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

    • In depth knowledge of the risks and critical events associated with anaesthesia and to apply the theoretical knowledge to formulate strategies to deal with the events.

    • Understand and enhance their theoretical knowledge and principals of non-technical skills and the application of these skills in the work place

    • Enhance the knowledge of the principals of the airway assessment, applied anatomy of the airway and airway management. To apply this theoretical knowledge to plan an airway training programme to practicing professionals.

    • Understand the theory of risk management and apply the knowledge to reduce risk

    • Understand the uses of medical simulation both as an training- and assessment tool

    Module Syllabus

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

    Critical Events:           

    • Risks associated with anaesthesia
    • Haemodynamic/cardiac
    • Respiratory
    • Anaphylaxis
    • Awareness
    • Death

    Non technical skills:   
    i)Team work

    • what is a team
    • team mechanics
    • improvement


    • what makes a good leader?
    • how to become a leader


    • Record keeping
    • Verbal


    • Assessment
    • Anatomy
    • Techniques
    • Training of Airway skills

    Risk management:    

    • Risk Assessment
    • Risk Management
    • Risk reduction


    • History,           
    • Uses in medicine,
    • Types of simulation,
    • Simulation as an assessment tool

    Course Assessment

    A 5,000 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

    marie dot mooney at warwick dot ac dot uk

    T 44 (0)24 76574264

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