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Intensive Care Medicine

  • The assessment, resuscitation and ongoing acute management of critically ill and injured patients with life threatening single and multiple organ system failure.
  • The assessment and initial management of: airway obstruction; respiratory failure; cardiovascular failure; coma of any cause; septicaemia and sepsis syndrome; renal failure; under-nutrition; anticoagulation and fibrinolytics
  • Physiological monitoring and clinical measurement.
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Airway management including translaryngeal intubation.
  • Invasive haemodynamic monitoring including central venous, arterial and pulmonary artery cannulation and the interpretation and clinical use of derived variables.
  • Continuous renal replacement therapy.
  • Recognition and understanding of the correct use of drugs and therapies within the ICU pharmacopoeia: analgesics, sedatives, muscle relaxants, inotropic agents, antidysrhythmia drugs, including digoxin, diuretics, antibiotic drugs and fluids for resuscitation.
  • Recognition of the value and limitations of currently available monitoring methods, invasive and non invasive devices; parameters; alarms and false alarms.
  • Use of laboratory and other services (including radiology) and understanding the need for consultation and referral.