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PHTY2062: PT in Respiratory and Cardiac Conditions A

This unit of study will introduce students to the knowledge, skills and clinical decision making processes necessary for effective assessment and treatment of patients across the age spectrum with acute and chronic respiratory and cardiac dysfunction. In particular, students will evaluate the patho-physiological and functional consequences of surgery (abdominal, thoracic and cardiac); infective, inflammatory; restrictive; and obstructive pulmonary disorders, and coronary artery disease. Additionally, this unit will develop the student's knowledge of exercise and aims to apply the principles of exercise testing, prescription and training to patients who have cardiac and pulmonary limitations and other co-morbidities to exercise. Students will learn the practical skills and develop treatment strategies to effectively manage respiratory problems.

Code PHTY2062
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
BIOS1170 and (EXSS1029 OR EXSS2030) and PHTY1024 and (EXSS2027 OR EXSS3061)

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

  • LO1. demonstrate sound clinical reasoning to determine patient problems (by interpretation of assessment findings), establish treatment goals, and using evidence-based practice, determine and implement safe and effective physiotherapy interventions for patients with cardiorespiratory problems
  • LO2. plan and implement an efficient, effective, culturally responsive, and client-centred physiotherapy assessment of a patient with a cardiorespiratory problem (including history taking, observation, palpation, auscultation, chest X-ray interpretation, and spirometry)
  • LO3. communicate effectively to develop trust and rapport with patients
  • LO4. record and effectively communicate physiotherapy assessment findings and outcomes in the medical record, to the patient and other health professionals
  • LO5. interpret exercise data from patients with cardiovascular or respiratory disease, prescribe evidence-based exercise training for patients with cardiovascular or respiratory disease, and explain the effects of exercise training for these patients
  • LO6. describe the pathophysiological and functional consequences of surgery and anaesthesia, infective, inflammatory, and restrictive respiratory conditions, and airflow limitation, on the respiratory system
  • LO7. describe the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease and its related co-morbidities.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.