Full Title:Safe Healthcare Practice 1
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:HLCR N8Z01
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2015/16 ( February 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will facilitate learners to gain knowledge, understanding and skills for safe practice in healthcare settings.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Identify and explain how infection is prevented and controlled in healthcare settings.
  2. Demonstrate safe practice in skills mandatory for employment in healthcare settings.
  3. Explain the principles for the safe administration of medication.
  4. Identify patients at risk of pressure ulcers and explain how the principles recommended to avoid and minimise risks are applied to patient care.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to infection prevention and control
Standard precautions and Transmission based precautions recommended for prevention and control of infection. Demonstrate effective hand hygiene techniques.
Principles of safe moving and handling of people.
Leglislation -(Health Safety and Welfare at work) relating to moving and handling, the anatomy and physiology of the back, biomechanics, ergonomics and back care. Demonstrate and practice safe moving and handling of inanimate objects and people.
Principles of safe administration of medication.
Guidelines for safe adminstration of various types of medication. An Bord Altranais e-learning resource units 1 and 2 on medication management.
Measurement of temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure.
Overview of the basic anatomy and physiology of temperature control, respiration, pulse and blood pressure. demonstration and practice in measurement of temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure. documentation of measurements.
Principles of prevention of pressure ulcers.
Risk factors for the development of pressure ulcers :Identifying patients at risk of pressure ulcers. Risk assessment tools. principles of prevention of pressure ulcers, pressure relieving equipment. Tissue viability, classification of pressure ulcers, management of pressure ulcers.
Basic Life Support for healthcare providers.
Basic First Aid for healthcare providers
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
Practical/Skills Evaluation Objective structured clinical examinations in first aid/ moving and handling / CPR / blood pressure / temperature, pulse and respiration measurement/ hand hygiene. Pass / Fail All skills must be passed to pass the module. 2 70.00 0 0 Sem 1 End 0
Multiple Choice Questions Infection prevention and control - standard precautions and transmission-based precautions. Pressure ulcer risks and prevention. Formative assessment 1,4 20.00 0 0 Week 5 0
Other e-learning activity on safe medication administration units 1 and 2 (ABA) produce evidence of completion. Formative assessment. 3 10.00 0 0 n/a 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
All OSCES must be passed separately 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 relating to practical skills 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Practical Mandatory skills for practice 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading Essential reading prior to skills for practice session 39.00 Once per semester 2.60
Independent Study All learning outcomes 50.00 Once per semester 3.33
Total Weekly Learner Workload 11.93
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Dougherty, L. and Lister, S. (eds) 2011, The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures, 8th. Ed., Wiley- Blackwell Oxford [ISBN: 978 1 4443-3509 5]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Randle, J. Coffey, F. and Bradbury, M 2009, Oxford handbook of Clinical skills in Adult Nursing, Oxford University Press [ISBN: 978 0 19 921104 3]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • HSE Dublin NE 2011, Moving and Handling policy
  • HSE Dublin North East 2011, Infection prevention and control guidelines
  • An Bord Altranais e-learning resource on medication management
  • SARI 2005, Guidelines for Hand Hygiene In Irish Health Care Cettings
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NGNUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in General Nursing 1 Mandatory
DK_NMWIF_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Midwifery 1 Mandatory