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PHTY3087: PT in Respiratory and Cardiac Conditions B

2024 unit information

This unit of study builds on and extends the knowledge, skills and attributes developed in Physiotherapy in Respiratory and Cardiac Conditions (PHTY2062). Three modules are included: cardiopulmonary physiotherapy in the acute care environment, physiotherapy in acute neurological/neurosurgical care, and cardiopulmonary advanced clinical reasoning. The acute care module focuses on assessment and treatment of patients with acute pulmonary dysfunction. In addition, students examine specific clinical and professional issues relating to the intensive care and acute care environment. The emphasis is on appropriate assessment, safe and effective management of intubated and non-intubated patients. The acute neurological module focuses on physiotherapy management of acute neurological and neurosurgical conditions. The advanced clinical reasoning module will enable students to develop their skills in analysing and planning evidence based interventions for patients with multisystem and/or complex problems. Students will integrate material from core areas of musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neurological and paediatric physiotherapy as well as background sciences. Overall, this unit examines the scientific basis for clinical intervention and examines a range of complex clinical issues organised on a case basis including multi system dysfunction (physiological, psychological and social). Students will be expected to evaluate the scientific basis and ethical, legal and practical implications of current physiotherapy interventions in relation to the case studies.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Medicine and Health

Study level Undergraduate
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
PHTY2061 and PHTY2062
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. assess, interpret and analyse signs and symptoms of a patient in the acute care environment
  • LO2. make informed decisions based on evaluation of effectiveness, safety, precautions and contra-indications of current practices for the patient in the acute care environment
  • LO3. identify components of the acute care environment, equipment and its structure
  • LO4. develop and demonstrate basic physiotherapy skills for the acute care environment (such as suctioning, manual hyperinflation, insertion of nasopharyngeal/guedel airway)
  • LO5. apply the knowledge and skills learnt in PT in Pulmonary and Cardiac Conditions to the specific areas of acute pulmonary care
  • LO6. outline the physiotherapy management of acute neurological and neurosurgical conditions including the prevention of secondary musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary complications
  • LO7. analyse the problems of a complex clinical respiratory case including the pathological mechanisms proposed for the problems, propose interventions for the patient’s problems and discuss the theoretical rationale for the intervention and the research evidence for their effectiveness.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Cumberland, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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