Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy I

Course code PHTY2040Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

Physiotherapy clinical skills and knowledge needed for the evaluation and management of basic disorders of the cardiopulmonary system across the lifespan. The course involves introductory studies in physiotherapy practice related to the pulmonary, cardiac and vascular systems, including surgical care.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAs a result of successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
1. apply biomedical and behavioural scientific knowledge to the physiotherapy evaluation and management of basic pulmonary and cardiovascular disorders;
2. describe the aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical presentation of common simple pulmonary and cardiovascular disorders;
3. conduct an appropriate basic examination of the cardiopulmonary system, including history and physical examination;
4. appropriately select, modify as necessary, and correctly demonstrate basic measurement and testing procedures commonly used in assessing cardiopulmonary dysfunction;
5. describe the conservative and surgical management of common simple pulmonary, cardiac and vascular disorders;
6. appropriately select, modify as necessary, and correctly demonstrate basic physiotherapeutic treatment procedures commonly used in the management of cardiopulmonary dysfunction;
7. apply introductory clinical reasoning skills and an evidence-based approach to decision making in cardiopulmonary physiotherapy practice;
8. apply basic treatment evaluation and intervention outcome processes appropriate for cardiopulmonary physiotherapy practice;
9. discuss relevant lifespan, gender, cultural, legal and ethical considerations in performing basic cardiopulmonary physiotherapy evaluation and management procedures;
10. demonstrate an awareness of the physiotherapist's role in promoting wellness as relevant to the pulmonary, cardiac and vascular systems;
11. effectively work with others in developing and giving an oral presentation.
Content1. Aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation and non physiotherapeutic management of common simple pulmonary and cardiovascular disorders across the lifespan, including:
- Surgical - General, upper abdominal & cardiothoracic
- Respiratory medicine - obstructive, restrictive, inflammatory and suppurative lung disease
- Cardiovascular - heart failure, ischaemic heart disease, hypertension.
2. History taking for patients presenting with cardiopulmonary dysfunction related to common simple cardiopulmonary disorders.
3. Basic physical examination principles and procedures commonly used in assessing cardiopulmonary function and related issues of reliability and validity, including:
- observation and palpation
- assessment of breathing, including biomechanical concepts
- auscultation
- spirometry
- pulse oximetry.
4. Basic radiological and medical investigations commonly ordered for the investigation of cardiopulmonary function including interpretation of chest X-Rays, ECG, arterial blood gases.
5. Basic techniques, indications, contraindications, complications, progression, biological basis and empirical evidence for physiotherapeutic management of cardiopulmonary dysfunction related to common simple disorders, including reduced alveolar ventilation/lung volumes, secretion clearance and work of breathing/dyspnoea.
6. Non-physiotherapeutic, conservative, surgical and pharmacological management of common simple cardiopulmonary disorders, including complications and side-effects.
7. Introduction to rehabilitation and exercise for pulmonary and cardiovascular disorders, including indications and contraindications.
8. Introduction to patient education and health promotion strategies relevant to the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems.
9. Psychosocial considerations relevant to managing patients with common simple cardiopulmonary disorders.
10. Ethical, lifespan, gender, cultural and legal issues relevant to the management of common simple cardiopulmonary disorders.
11. Outcome measures for common simple cardiopulmonary disorders including reliability, validity and responsiveness.
12. Clinical reasoning skills needed for planning and interpreting the clinical examination and implementing physiotherapy treatment for cardiopulmonary dysfunction related to common simple disorders.
13. Skills in oral presentation and teamwork.
Replacing Course(s)None
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHTY1040, PHTY1020, PUBH1080, HUBS2505
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Group oral presentation (20 mins) meets course objectives 6,7,9,10,11
Practical/viva examination* (20 mins) - meets course objectives 1,3,4,6,7,8
Written examination (3 hours) - (examination period) meets course objectives 1,2,4-11

*This assessment must be passed in order to pass the overall course (PHTY2040).
Contact HoursLecture: for 27 hour(s) per Term for 9 weeks
Practical: for 38 hour(s) per Term for 9 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) program.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of PHTY1020.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHTY2040