|Title||Long Term Oxygen Therapy|
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply their knowledge to be competent in the management and delivery of a home oxygen therapy service within scope of practice of an independent Consultant Clinical Scientist.
Knowledge and understanding
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will analyse, synthesise, evaluate and critically apply their expert knowledge with respect to:
- blood gas physiology and acid base balance.
- the principles of oxygen therapy including Long-Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT) and Ambulatory Oxygen Therapy.
- the evidence base for oxygen assessment and prescription, including static and dynamic modes.
- the current legislation and guidelines for the prescription of Oxygen therapy.
- the causes and pathophysiology of respiratory failure.
Technical and clinical skills
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST, with respect to long term oxygen therapy, will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of current research and its application to the performance and mastery of the following technical skills:
- perform arterialised blood gases
- perform field exercise testing (6 minute walks, shuttle walking test (standard and incremental) and exercise desaturation tests.
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to critically reflect and apply in practice a range of clinical and communication skills to advise and communicate effectively with patients, relevant clinicians, patients and the public and other healthcare professionals and will:
- take a comprehensive history and perform a clinical examination on a patient.
- assess the primary cause of respiratory failure and associated co-morbidity
- interpret and act on clinical reports and results.
- communicate with patients/relatives, colleagues and clinical services (MDT) regarding diagnosis and further management.
- order and relay on-going management.
- reflect on the challenges of applying research to practice in relation to these areas of practice and suggest improvements, building on a critique of available evidence.
Attitudes and behaviours
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations. They will demonstrate the professional attributes and insights required of a Consultant Clinical Scientist working within the limits of professional competence referring as appropriate to senior staff and will:
- maintain patients confidentiality at all times.
- demonstrate enthusiasm and service development through the new innovations and implementation.