POM5101 - Perioperative medicine and cardiorespiratory disease - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Anaesthesia Teaching and Research

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Paul Myles


Dr Stuart Hastings
Dr Enjarn Lin

Not offered in 2019


Cardiorespiratory disease is increasing in prevalence and creates a number of perioperative diagnostic and management dilemmas.

This unit aims to consolidate and extend the student's knowledge of the pathophysiology of cardiac disease, and review the perioperative interventions that can be applied to improve patient outcome.


Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. Correlate the pathogenesis of hypertension, coronary artery disease, cardiac failure, congenital heart disease, valvular lesions and pulmonary hypertension with patient history and clinical examination.
  2. Recognise and manage arrhythmias that may occur during the perioperative period.
  3. Describe the management of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices that are commonly encountered during perioperative care.
  4. Summarise the impact of these cardiovascular disorders during the perioperative period and develop a framework for the assessment of these increasingly complex patients.
  5. Critically evaluate the findings of perioperative cardiac investigations including echocardiography.
  6. Use the findings from perioperative cardiac investigations to classify a patient's perioperative cardiovascular risk.
  7. Explain the essential components of aera thorough examination of the cardiac patient and formulate a suitable/appropriate/feasible management plan.
  8. Formulate a perioperative management plan for patients with complex respiratory conditions.
  9. Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary perioperative medicine team to organise an appropriate perioperative plan to maximise the patient's perioperative outcome.


  • Short Essay (1500 words) (20%)
  • Individual iSAP (20%)
  • Group iSAP (30%)
  • Long Essay (3000 words)(30%)

Workload requirements

This unit will be on-line only. The workload requirement will be 20-24 hours per week (on average).

Weekly workload consists of reading the course content notes for each module, watching associated videos or listening to podcasts, reading a selection of Extended Reading articles provided with each module, and preparation of assignment tasks.

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