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?


Learning Objectives

After accomplishing this module, the student should be able to:

  • Describe perioperative GI problems
  • Identify patients at risk of GI problems postoperatively
  • Plan the monitoring of GI function according to the risk assessment
  • Identify perioperative GI problems timely and apply appropriate therapies.


eModule Information

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

Duration: 5 hours

Faculty Disclosures:
The authors of this module have not reported any disclosures.

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