Full Title:Safe Healthcare Practice 2
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:HLCR N8Z02
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 7 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will facilitate learners to gain knowledge, understanding and practical skills for safe practice in perioperative care and infection prevention and control.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Discuss safe practice in relation to perioperative patient/client care.
  2. Identify the risks associated with healthcare associated infections and discuss the recommended management of these risks.
  3. Discuss the assessment and management of acute pain.
  4. Identify, explain and demonstrate safe skills in aseptic non-touch technique.
  5. Explain and demonstrate safe intramuscular and sub-cutaneous injection technique.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Perioperative care
Types of surgeries - Pre-operative assessment and care, Intra-operative and recovery room care Post-operative care -includes wound healing, intravenous therapy and vascular access devices.
Introduction to acute pain management
Definition of acute pain, physiology of acute pain, assessment and management of acute pain. Pain assessment tools. WHO pain ladder and medications recommended.
Infection prevention and control
Healthcare associated infections -(HCAI's) Recommended guidelines for the prevention and management of various HCAI's ( MRSA, C'Diff, Norovirus, ESBL's) -
Simulated skills learning
Demonstrate and practice of Aseptic non-touch technique (ANTT). Identify circumstances when ANTT must be used.
Simulated skills learning
Demonstrate sub-cutaneous injection technique and intramuscular injection technique. Identify and locate recommended sites for subcutaneous and intrmuscular injection.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Short Answer Questions A class exam (1hour ) of module content in the form of short answer questions. Also, A ten minute objective structured clinical examination on aseptic non-touch technique and intramuscular injection technique. Pass / Fail The student must pass to pass the module 1,2,3 100.00 0 0 Sem 2 End 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
The student must pass both the class test and the OSCE in order to pass the module

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Demonstration and practice of clinical skills. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Supervised simulated practice of clinical skills in skills lab. 2.00 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent Study All learning outcomes 68.00 Once per semester 4.53
Directed Reading Essential pre-class reading prior to practical session 21.00 Once per semester 1.40
Total Weekly Learner Workload 10.93
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Dougherty, L. and Lister, S. (eds) 2011, The Royal Marsden manual of clinical nursing procedures, 8th. Ed., Wiley- Blackwell Oxford [ISBN: 97814443-35095]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • A Strategy for the control of Antimicrobial Resistance in Ireland. SARI 2005, The Control and Prevention of MRSA in Hospitals and in the Community.
  • SARI HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre 2010, Prevention of Intravascular catheter-related Infection in Ireland
Other Resources
  • Website: 2010HSE Dublin NE Clinical Guidelines / Policies, Policy on safe intramuscular injection technique
  • Website: 2011HSE Dublin NE, Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines
  • Link: Library Catalogue

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NGNUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in General Nursing 2 Mandatory
DK_NMWIF_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Midwifery 2 Mandatory
nocode13 Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (General Nursing Exit Award) 2 Mandatory
nocode24 Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (Midwifery) Exit Award 2 Mandatory
nocode14 Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (General Nursing Exit Award) 2 Mandatory
nocode20 Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (Intellectual Disability Nursing Exit Award) 2 Mandatory
nocode25 Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (Midwifery) Exit Award 2 Mandatory