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NSU DL Induction (21-22)

Welcome to Surgical Nursing Distance Learning

In this module we will:

  • Introduce you to the online learning platform
  • Explain how the interactive lessons work
  • Find out more about you
  • Cover important resources and contact details

NSU DL Forum (21-22)

A dedicated forum for Surgical Nursing DL questions and announcements

NSU DL MCQ Database

In this activity, submit Multiple Choice Questions to a database by answering the set questions.

Once submitted, your MCQ will be removed by the programme manager. They may leave comments and suggestions for impovments. You can edit your own MCQ and make changes to it as necessary.

Once approve, you can view MCQs submitted by your peers and comment on them too.

You can submit as many MCQs as you wish.

Surgery Principles: The Clinic

Key learning objectives:
(S1) Principles – The Clinic
  • Assessment of hospital layout
  • Principles of theatre management, disinfection and sterilisation
  • Selection of equipment
  • Health and safety – hospitalisation sheets, surgical checklists and safe equipment use
  • Infection control in a surgical environment

Surgery Principles: The Patient

Key learning objectives:
(S2) Principles – The Patient
  • Assessment and management of a surgical patient at the time of surgery
  • Peri-operative nursing care of a surgical patient
  • Management of the nutritional needs of a surgical patient pre and post-operatively

Surgery Anaesthesia

Key learning objectives:
(S3) Surgery Anaesthesia

  • Principles and practical aspects of fluid therapy for surgical patients including crystalloids, colloids and blood products
  •  Anaesthetic consent and anaesthesia records
  • Drugs used peri-operatively
  • Anaesthetic monitoring

Module Tutor: Nicki Grint

Surgery Analgesia

Key learning objectives:
(S4) Surgery Analgesia

  • Pain scoring in different species
  • Classes of analgesic drugs
  • Principles of selection and administration of analgesia to small animal patients
  • Management of Continuous Rate Infusions of analgesics peri-operatively.

Module Tutor: Nicki Grint

Soft Tissue Surgery

By the end of this module, you should be able to:
  • Explain the principles of surgical technique in order to achieve a good surgical outcome.
  • Review the variables affecting the choice of suture material.
  • Revise the main pathways of haemostasis and discuss the options for controlling haemorrhage at surgery.
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of appropriate surgical instrumentation for a variety of soft tissue surgical procedures through familiarity with nomenclature and instrument handling.
  • Recognise the pathophysiology of GDV and the steps necessary to optimise outcomes and minimise morbidity/mortality.
  • Describe the pathophysiology of a variety of surgical conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, options for treatment and complications associated with it, including peritonitis. 
  • Appreciate surgery of the head and neck including Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome, Maxillectomy/Mandibulectomy, TECA-LBO and ophthalmic surgery. 
  • Recognise the pathophysiology of pyometra and discuss options for treatment. 
  • Demonstrate the correct handling, maintenance and storage of endoscopic surgical equipment for laparoscopy/thoracoscopy.

Module Tutor: Darren Barnes