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Perioperative GI management



Key questions

This module addresses the following key questions:

  • Which perioperative GI symptoms and syndromes are relevant in ICU patients and why?
  • How to assess and minimize the risk of GI problems?
  • How to monitor GI function in critically ill postoperative patients?
  • How to manage postoperative GI problems?


Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. To know the perioperative pathophysiology and the factors harming the patients and impacting the postoperative recovery
  2. To understand the place and responsibilities of Anaesthesia and ICU in Perioperative Medicine
  3. To review major perioperative complications (cardiac, pulmonary, renal and delirium) and how to handle them
  4. To understand the goals of ICU management handling of perioperative patients
  5. To review preoperative screening tools
  6. To learn how to implement efficiently a perioperative pathway for high risk surgical patients (HRSP)
  7. To optimize resources and have an idea for data management for HRSPs
  8. To seize the opportunity to learn to use different devices which best fit the needs of your patients
  9. To boost your communication skills in difficult situations


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COBATrICe competencies covered in this module


The module covers the knowledge required for the assessment and management of commonly encountered perioperative conditions & complications including:

  • Interpretation of abdominal pain and distension
  • Peptic ulceration and upper GI haemorrhage
  • Diarrhoea, vomiting and ileus
  • Peritonitis
  • Intestinal ischaemia perforation
  • Abdominal hypertension
  • Pancreatitis
  • Jaundice
  • Cholecystitis
  • Perioperative nutrition
  • Post operative nausea and vomiting