Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy II

Course code PHTY3020Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

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

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesAs a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
1. Apply biomedical and behavioural scientific knowledge to the physiotherapy evaluation and management of complex pulmonary and cardiovascular dysfunction.
2. Describe the aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical presentation of complex pulmonary and cardiovascular disorders.
3. Conduct an appropriate examination of patients with complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction, including history and physical examination
4. Appropriately select, modify as necessary, and correctly demonstrate measurement and testing procedures commonly used in assessing patients with complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction
5. Describe the conservative and surgical management of complex pulmonary, cardiac and vascular disorders
6. Appropriately select, modify as necessary, and correctly demonstrate advanced physiotherapeutic treatment procedures commonly used in the management of complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction.
7. Apply advanced clinical reasoning skills and a sophisticated evidence based approach to decision making in cardiopulmonary physiotherapy practice.
8. Apply advanced treatment evaluation and outcome processes appropriate for cardiopulmonary physiotherapy practice.
9. Discuss relevant lifespan, gender, cultural, legal and ethical considerations in performing physiotherapy evaluation and management procedures for complex cardiopulmonary disorders.
10. Demonstrate a well developed understanding of the physiotherapist's role in promoting wellness as relevant to the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems.
11. Effectively assess and treat complex paediatric cardiopulmonary disorders.
12. Understand the functions of the multidisciplinary team in the management of cardiopulmonary patients, including intensive care and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and describe the physiotherapists role in the multidisciplinary team.
Content1. Aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical presentation of complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction across the lifespan, including:
- Critical care: intensive care and high dependency
- Limitations to exercise capacity
- Paediatric respiratory disease.
2. Adaptation of history taking for patients presenting with complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction.
3. Adaptation of physical examination principles and procedures commonly used in assessing the cardiopulmonary function of patients with complex cardiopulmonary disease and related issues of reliability and validity.
4. Radiological and medical investigations commonly ordered for the investigation of cardiopulmonary function in acute care, exercise training and paediatric care.
5. Techniques, indications, contraindications, complications, progression, biological basis and empirical evidence for physiotherapeutic management of complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction including:
- manual hyperinflation
- non invasive ventilation
- suctioning
- exercise testing and prescription
- interventions for paediatric respiratory conditions.
6. Non-physiotherapeutic conservative, surgical and pharmacological management of complex cardiopulmonary disorders, including complications and side effects.
7. Physiotherapeutic care of the patient in intensive care or high dependency including:
- ventilated patients
- respiratory failure
- multisystem failure and acute head injury
- spinal injury
- neonatal intensive care
- the multidisciplinary team and the role of the physiotherapist.
8. Rehabilitation and exercise for pulmonary and cardiovascular disorders, including:
- indications and contraindications
- exercise testing
- exercise prescription and progression
- monitoring and safety
- patient education
- outcome measures
- the multidisciplinary team and the role of the physiotherapist.
9. Patient education and health promotion strategies relevant to the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems.
10. Psychosocial considerations relevant to managing patients with complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction.
11. Biological basis and empirical evidence for physiotherapy interventions for patients with complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction.
12. Ethical, lifespan, gender, cultural and legal issues relevant to the management of complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction.
13. Further outcome measures for complex cardiopulmonary disorders including reliability, validity and responsiveness.
14. Advanced clinical reasoning skills needed for planning and interpreting the clinical examination and implementing physiotherapy treatment for complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction.
Replacing Course(s)None
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHTY2040, PHTY2050
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Practical
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Other: (please specify)Practical / Viva examination.
*This assessment must be passed in order to pass the overall course (PHTY3020).
Contact HoursPractical: for 32 hour(s) per Term for 9 weeks
Lecture: for 28 hour(s) per Term for 9 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy program.
Compulsory Program ComponentPHTY2040 Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy I
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PHTY3020