Preoperative Assessment Foundation Course Virtual/Online CPD Module September 21st-22nd 2021 @ £299.00. 

Advanced Preoperative Assessment Skills Course Virtual/Online CPD Module September 28th 2021 @ £135.00.

Our Preoperative Assessment Courses are designed and delivered by Lee Wadsworth, who is the leading trainer in the UK . Lee co-authored National Training Standards and Competencies for Preoperative Assessment in 2014 and 2019. These standards and competencies are ratified and used internationally. He is a frequent conference speaker and also faciltitates cliniical skills workshops. This course can be delivered over 2-3 days depending on whether organisations want to include the Advanced Preoperative Assessment skills which include Cardiovascular and Respiratory Assessment. The two day foundation course provides a good introduction to Preoperative Assessment for qualified Nurses and Nurses working in the private sector.

Courses are available:

Online - for individual members of staff with 3 months access to online course materials.

Virtually - for groups of staff via Zoom virtual classroom with optional 3 months access to online course materials and optional development of a bespoke educational platform to help meet service improvement and organisational development needs.

Onsite - for groups of staff via onsite classroom with optional 3 months access to online course materials and optional development of a bespoke educational platform to help meet service improvement and organisational development needs.

Learning Outcomes for foundation and advanced courses

  • Understanding of models & types of Preoperative Assessment.
  • The importance of the specialised knowledge and skill-set required.
  • An understanding how lifestyle can affect health and outcomes from anaesthesia & surgery. Understands the role of primary care with regard to the public health agenda.
  • Gain up-to-date knowledge in Medicines Management and applying this in practice.
  • Be able to take an objective Preoperative Assessment history.
  • Assessing baseline observations and taking the appropriate action if required.
  • Gain knowledge and skills in performing a Neck & Airway Assessment.
  • Learn how to calculate a STOPBANG score and therefore manage patients with possible Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.
  • Be able to apply National Guidance (if available) & the evolving evidence-base to the requesting of Preoperative Investigations.
  • Have the ability to assess basic haematology and biochemistry results.
  • Effectively "triage" ECGs by applying a check-list so that any gross abnormalities can be addressed by the medical team prior to admission.

Advanced Preoperative Assessment Course

  • Understanding of the process of the Cardiovascular assessment i.e. Inspection & Auscultation
  • Can recognise a heart murmur from audio initially and then an actual patients in practice with the guidance of their mentor.
  • Can differentiate between 2 heart sounds and 3 sounds on audio.
  • Gain an understanding of the process of Respiratory Assessment i.e. Inspection, Palpation & Auscultation
  • Can recognise normal sounds from abnormal sounds i.e. crepitations, wheeze, rhonchi etc .
  • An understanding of when it might be appropriate to request/perform spirometry.
  • An understanding of the new regulations that are coming into place in 2021.
  • Can differentiate between a normal result, obstructive & restrictive by assessing numbers, time volume curves and flow volume loops.
  • Increase understanding of Echocardiograms and how to interpret the information they offer.