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Intensive Care Medicine

Sydney Professional Certificate

Graduates of this Professional Certificate will have specialised knowledge in intensive care medicine.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Explain the rationale for oxygen therapy and mechanical ventilation, including its effects on human physiology
  • Appropriately initiate, monitor and escalate respiratory support consisting of oxygen therapy, non-invasive ventilation and invasive mechanical ventilation
  • Describe medical gas supply systems, common ventilator systems, respiratory circuits and humidifier equipment, including their safety features and limitations
  • Manipulate a mechanical ventilator and interpret data, including ventilator waveforms
  • Analyse common ventilator data and problems and apply evidence-based solutions to routine and complex patient care scenarios
  • Modify ventilator therapies and apply non-ventilator strategies to minimise complications and maximise effectiveness from mechanical ventilation
  • Explain the components, rationale and indications for various extracorporeal life support (ECLS) modalities and their effects on human physiology
  • Manipulate user-controlled variables via an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) console, predict the physiological consequences of the resulting changes
  • Analyse common ECMO troubleshooting scenarios
  • Apply evidence-based solutions to routine and complex patient care scenarios requiring ECLS, including weaning.

Sydney Professional Certificate in Intensive Care Medicine

Students must complete:
(a) 12 credit points of 5000-level units of study
Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites
C: Corequisites N: Prohibition
5000-level units of study
Mechanical Ventilation
Extracorporeal Life Support