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HAEM5001: Thrombosis and Haemostasis in Acute Care

Thrombosis and haemostasis affect all areas of clinical practice. This unit of study will familiarise students with normal and pathological haemostasis, interpretation of coagulation laboratory tests, and practical management of bleeding and clotting disorders in the perioperative and critical care setting. Case-based discussions will explore strategies for diagnosis, investigation and management in theatres, ICU and the emergency department to assist in making optimal clinical decisions.

Code HAEM5001
Academic unit Anaesthesia PGCW
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Basic knowledge of haemostasis is an advantage

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Appraise the normal haemostatic system, including laboratory testing of the coagulation system
  • LO2. Develop a management approach to a patient with an inherited bleeding disorder, including peri-operative management
  • LO3. Formulate a plan for patients presenting with an acquired bleeding disorder, including their peri-operative management
  • LO4. Diagnose a critical bleed and develop a management plan, including when and how to use blood products, considering potential risks and benefits of these products
  • LO5. Identify risk factors for venous thrombo-embolism (VTE)
  • LO6. Diagnose, manage, and prevent VTE
  • LO7. Demonstrate proficiency in peri-operative management of anticoagulation, and the use of neuraxial anaesthesia in the presence of anticoagulants
  • LO8. Discuss the unique challenges in pregnancy, related to haemostasis and thrombosis.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.