Bachelor's degree in Nursing (to qualify as a nurse) (Legnago)

Critical nursing care - CHIRURGIA D'URGENZA

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Name of lecturer
Corrado Pedrazzani
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
INF LEG - 3° anno 1° sem dal Oct 16, 2019 al Dec 20, 2019.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The teaching purpose is to discuss the clinical settings tipically observed in the context of emergency surgery. Main syndromes in emergency surgery setting will be considered and analyzed with a surgical and nursing approach. Diseases observed in emergency surgery will be reported considering the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, indications to surgical treatment and type of surgery.


1. Shock syndrome (hypovolemic shock, SIRS, sepsis, septic shock)
Acute pancreatitis

2. Acute abdomen and peritonitis
Appendicites, cholecystitis, diverticulitis, bowel perforation, bowel ischemia

3. Bowel obstruction
Upper and lower bowel obstruction
Adhesions, volvolus, abdominal wall hernias, inflammatory bowel diseases (crohn and ulcerative colitis), colo-rectal tumors

4. Gastrointestinal bleeding
Upper and lower gastrointestinal bleeding
Mallory-Weiss, peptic ulcer, portal hypertension and esophageal varices, gastric tumors (adenocarcinoma e GIST), diverticular bleeding, other causes of colonic bleeding

5. Jaundice
Metabolic and infective complications of jaundice
Gallbladder and biliary tract lithiasis, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, liver and biliary tract cancer

6. Trauma of the abdomen
Abdominal blunt and open trauma
Principles of damage control surgery
Trauma of parenchymatous organs
Trauma of hollow organs

7. Trauma of the thorax
Blunt and open thoracic trauma
Thoracic wall trauma, pulmonary and major vessels trauma, flail thorax.
Pleural effusion, hemothorax, and pneumothorax

8. Emergencies in vascular surgery
Deep vein thrombosis
Acute lower limb ischemia
Abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture
Visceral aneurysms rupture

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Francesco Minni Chirurgia Generale cea Casa Editrice Ambrosiana Zanichelli 2019
Lise M. Chirurgia per infermieri, quinta edizione (2017) Ed Piccin. Padova 2017
Vittorio Bresadola Chirurgia per le professioni sanitarie EdiSES 2011

Assessment methods and criteria

Ten multiple choice questions plus oral exam if sufficient results are obtained in at least 5 modules

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