The quality of care for critically ill patients is conditioned by the updating of the knowledge of the professionals who attend them. Get up to date on the nursing procedures and care that the professional must perform on patients in the Intensive Care Unit Nursing"

Critical patient care is one of the most evolving areas in the healthcare world. Intensive Care Unit Nursing are equipped with high-tech equipment and the techniques and procedures performed in them are usually complex. They are characterized by specialization, and are adequately constituted and equipped so that the care of critically ill patients can be carried out in the best conditions and with the best resources.

Nursing professionals working in Intensive Care Unit Nursing must know and master the technology to perform the appropriate care for each patient, with the utmost rigor and always based on the latest scientific evidence. To this end, it is essential that they constantly update their knowledge in order to maintain quality and safety in all the procedures they perform on patients.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Intensive Care Unit Nursing is aimed at bringing the nursing professional up to date, bringing theoretical knowledge closer to practical work, being of vital importance the professional qualification in this area for all nursing professionals.

Through this Postgraduate Diploma you will be able to update your knowledge in patient care in medical emergencies, improve prognosis and reduce sequelae and complications of the disease"

This Postgraduate Diploma in Intensive Care Unit Nursing contains the most complete and up-to-date scientific program on the market. The most important features of the program include:

  • Clinical cases presented by experts. The graphic, schematic, and eminently practical contents with which they are created provide scientific and practical information on the disciplines that are essential for professional practice.
  • New diagnostic and therapeutic developments in the care of critically ill patients with endocrinometabolic, cardiac, respiratory, infectious, etc. etiology.
  • It includes up-to-date life support procedures and the most frequent nursing techniques in the intensive care unit.
  • Presentation of practical workshops on ICU nursing procedures.
  • Algorithm-based interactive learning system for decision-making in the presented clinical situations.
  • Theoretical lessons, questions to the expert, debate forums on controversial topics, and individual reflection assignments.
  • Content that is accessible from any fixed or portable device with an Internet connection.

This Postgraduate Diploma may be the best investment you can make in the selection of a refresher program for two reasons: in addition to updating your knowledge in Intensive Care Unit Nursing, you will obtain a certificate from TECH - Technological University"

It includes in its teaching staff reference nursing professionals, who pour into this refresher program the experience of their work, in addition to other professionals specializing in the Intensive Care Unit Nursing.

The multimedia content developed with the latest educational technology will provide the professional with situated and contextual learning, i.e., a simulated environment that will provide an immersive training program to train in real situations.

The design of the program is based on Problem-Based Learning, by means of which the nursing professional must try to solve the different professional practice situations that arise throughout the program. This will be done with the help of an innovative interactive video system developed by renowned experts in nursing care for critically ill patients with extensive teaching experience.

This program offers training in simulated environments, which provides an immersive learning experience designed to train for real-life situations"

It includes clinical cases to bring the program's degree as close as possible to the reality of care in Nursing"


The structure of the contents has been designed by a team of professionals knowledgeable about the implications of specialization in Intensive Care Unit Nursing, aware of the relevance of current knowledge in order to provide quality patient care and committed to teaching through new educational technologies.

This Postgraduate Diploma in Intensive Care Unit Nursing contains the most complete and up-to-date scientific program on the market”

Module 1. Fundamentals of Intensive Care Nursing Practice 

1.1. Characteristics of the Intensive Care Unit. 

1.1.1. General Features of ICUs.  
1.1.2. Organization and Physical, Spatial and Environmental Characteristics of ICUs.  

1.2. Intensive Care Nursing. 

1.2.1. The Role of the Critical Care Nursing Professional.  
1.2.2. Nursing Methodology in the Intensive Care Service.  
1.2.3. Basic Care for Patients in ICU.  

1.3. Intensive Care Nursing Records.  

1.3.1. Admission Sheet and Nursing Discharge Sheet.
1.3.2. Continuity of Care: Evolution Sheet and Nursing Relief.
1.3.3. The Graph  

1.4. Nursing Management in Intensive Care Services.  

1.4.1. Principles and Values of an Intensive Care Unit.  
1.4.2. Planning and Staffing.
1.4.3. Quality Management
1.4.4. Risk Management.

Module 2. Monitoring of Critical Patients

2.1. Basic Aspects of Monitoring a Critically Ill Patient. 

2.1.1. Concept and Types of Monitoring Telemetry Monitoring 
2.1.2. Invasive and Non-invasive Monitoring Equipment.  

2.2. Cardiac and Respiratory Activity. 

2.2.1. Continuous ECG and Heart Rate Monitoring.  
2.2.2. Respiratory Monitoring.  
2.2.3. Pulse Oximetry.     
2.2.4. Capnography.     

2.3.  Hemodynamic Status. 

2.3.1. Non-invasive and Invasive Blood Pressure.  
2.3.2. Central Venous Pressure.  
2.3.3. Pressure Monitoring by Swan-Ganz Catheter. Cardiac Output Determination.

2.4. Neurological Status. 

2.4.1. Assessment of the Neurological Status by Using Scales.  
2.4.2. Intracranial Pressure and Cerebral Perfusion Pressure.  
2.4.3. Cerebral Oximetry or Venous Saturation in the Jugular Gulf.  

2.5. Monitoring of Sedoanalgesia in Critical Care. 

2.5.1. Analgesia Scales.  
2.5.2. Sedation Scales. Bispectral Index (BIS).  

2.6. Analytical Controls in ICU. 

2.6.1. Analytical Parameters: Samples of Blood Origin.  
2.6.2. Analytical Parameters: Samples of Mictional Origin.  
2.6.3. Analytical Parameters: Samples of Different Origin. 

Module 3. Critical Care in Patients with Cardiocirculatory Disorders 

3.1. Anatomophysiologic and Physiologic Memory of the Cardiocirculatory System.

3.1.1. Anatomy of the Cardiocirculatory System.  
3.1.2. Cardiocirculatory System Physiology.

3.2. Most Common Cardiocirculatory Pathologies in UCI

3.2.1. Heart Failure and Acute Pulmonary Edema. 
3.2.2. Ischaemic heart disease.
3.2.3. Cardiac Arrhythmias.
3.2.4. Cardiogenic Shock.  
3.2.5. Aneurysm and Aortic Dissection. 
3.2.6. Hypertensive Emergencies.

3.3. Procedures Related to Cardiocirculatory Disorders.

3.3.1. Electrocardiography 
3.3.2. Electrical Therapies: Cardioversion and Defibrillation. 
3.3.3. Fibrinolysis. 
3.3.4. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention.
3.3.5. Aortic Counterpulsation Balloon Pump. 
3.3.6. Temporary Pacemaker. 

Module 4. Critical Care in Patients with Respiratory Disorders 

4.1. Anatomophysiologic Memory of the Respiratory System. 

4.1.1. Anatomy of the Cardiocirculatory System.  
4.1.2. Cardiocirculatory System Physiology.  

4.2. Most Common Respiratory Pathologies in UCI. 

4.2.1. Acute Respiratory Failure.
4.2.2. Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
4.2.3. Pulmonary Embolism.
4.2.4. COPD Flare-up.
4.2.5. Asthmatic Status.

4.3. Procedures Related to Respiratory Disorders.

4.3.1. Oxygen Therapy.
4.3.2. Airway Access.
4.3.3. Aspiration of Tracheobronchial Secretions.
4.3.4. Thoracocentesis and Thoracic Drains.

4.4. Mechanical Ventilation.  

4.4.1. Concept of Mechanical Ventilation. Respirators and Parameters.  
4.4.2. Modes of Invasive Mechanical Ventilation.  
4.4.3. Ventilator Alarms.  
4.4.4. Nursing Care of the Mechanically Ventilated Patient. Complications.  
4.4.5. Withdrawal of Mechanical Ventilation. 
4.4.6. Non-Invasive Mechanical Ventilation. Concept and Modalities.

Module 5. Critical Care in Patients with Neurological Disorders

5.1.  Anatomophysiologic Review of the Nervous System.

5.1.1. Anatomy of the Nervous System. 
5.1.2. Physiology of the Nervous System.

5.2. Most Common Neurological Pathologies in UCI. 

5.2.1. Cerebrovascular Disease. Code Stroke.
5.2.2. Intracraneal Hypertension.
5.2.3. Seizures and Status Convulsus.
5.2.4. Guillain-Barre Syndrome or Acute Polyradiculoneuritis. 

5.3. The Comatose Patient. 

5.3.1. Concept of Comatose and Etiologies. Assessment of the Degree of Consciousness.
5.3.2. Specific Care for Patients in Coma.

5.4. Procedures Related to Neurological Disorders.

5.4.1. Neurological Assessment of a Critically Ill Patient. Most Common Scales.
5.4.2. Lumbar Puncture.
5.4.3. Intracranial Pressure Control.
5.4.4. Brain-Dead Patient Organ Donor.

Module 6. Critical Care in Patients with Other Pathologies

6.1. Neonatal Sepsis and Septic Shock.  

6.1.1. Nosocomial Infection in the Intensive Care Unit.  
6.1.2. Neonatal Sepsis and Septic Shock. 
6.1.3. Nursing Care in the Septic Patient.  

6.2. Gastrointestinal bleeding.  

6.2.1. Concept of Gastrointestinal Bleeding. Classification. 
6.2.2. Sengstaken-Blakemore Probe Care and Use.  

6.3. The Critically Ill Burns Patient.  

6.3.1. Pathophysiology of Burns. 
6.3.2. Bruns Patient Assessment.
6.3.3. Initial Care Prehospital Treatment of the Critically Ill Burns Patient. 
6.3.4. The Burns Patient in the Intensive Care Unit.

6.4. The Critical Post-Surgical Patient.  

6.4.1. Types of Anesthesia.
6.4.2. Assessment of the Post-Surgical Patient on Admission to the ICU. 
6.4.3. Most Frequent Post-Surgical Complications.
6.4.4. General Post-Surgical Care. 
6.4.5. The Cardiac Surgery Patient.  

6.5. The Critical Obstetric Patient.  

6.5.1. Physiological Changes During Gestation.
6.5.2. Most Common Obstetrical Pathologies.
6.5.3. Some Considerations in the Critical Care of the Obstetric Patient.  

6.6. Other Alterations.  

6.6.1. Fulminant Hepatic Failure. 
6.6.2. Acute Pancreatitis.  

6.7. Critically Ill Patient Nutrition.  

6.7.1. Enteral Nutrition. 
6.7.2. Parenteral nutrition 

Module 7. Critical Care for Polytraumatized Patients 

7.1. The Polytraumatized Patient.  

7.1.1. Concept of Polytrauma. Trimodal Mortality.  
7.1.2. Accident Biomechanics.  

7.2. Initial Assessment of the Polytraumatized Patient.  

7.2.1. Primary Assessment: ABCDE. 
7.2.2. Second Evaluation.  

7.3. Most Common Injuries in the Polytraumatized Patient.  

7.3.1. Cranioencephalic Trauma.
7.3.2. Vertebral Trauma and Spinal Cord Injury. Block Mobilization. 
7.3.3. Thoracic Trauma.
7.3.4. Abdominal Trauma.
7.3.5. Hypovolemic Shock.  

Module 8. Critical Care for Paediatric Patients 

8.1. Most Prevalent Pathologies in Pediatric Intensive Care.  

8.1.1. Most Common Alterations in Newborns. 
8.1.2. Most Common Alterations in Infants and Preschoolers.  

8.2. Assessment of Critical Pediatric Patient.  

8.2.1. Needs Assessment. 
8.2.2. Most Common Pediatric Rating Scales.  

8.3.    Critical Pediatric Patient care.  
8.4.    Airway and Ventilatory Management for Critically Ill Pediatric Patients. 

8.4.1.    Nursing Techniques for Critically Ill Pediatric Patients.
8.4.2.    Administrating Medication for Pediatric Patients.
8.4.3.    Interhospital Transport for Critically Ill Pediatric Patients.

Module 9. Life Support. 

9.1. Basic Life Support in the Adult According to ILCOR-AHA 2010 Recommendations.  

9.1.1. Fundamental Concepts. The Chain of Survival.  
9.1.2. BLS Algorithm According to ILCOR-AHA 2010.
9.1.3. Basic CPR Techniques.
9.1.4. Lateral Safety Position.  
9.1.5. Foreign Object Airway Obstruction.

9.2. Advanced Life Support in the Adult According to ILCOR-AHA 2010 Recommendations.  

9.2.1. ALS Algorithm According to ILCOR-AHA 2010.
9.2.2. Highlights of Current Recommendations.  

9.3. Life Support in the Pediatric Patient According to ILCOR-AHA 2010 Recommendations.  

9.3.1. General Information on Pediatric CPR.
9.3.2. Basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in the Pediatric Patient According to the Latest ILCOR-AHA Recommendations.  
9.3.3. Advanced Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in the Pediatric Patient According to the Latest ILCOR-AHA Recommendations. 

9.4. Nursing in the Context of Life Support.  

9.4.1. Recommendations on Venous Access in Advanced Life Support. 
9.4.2. The Crash Cart 

Module 10. Transport of Critical Patients 

10.1.    Intrahospital Transfer of the Critically Ill Patient.  

10.1.1.    Intrahospital Transfer Concept.
10.1.2.    Protocol Phases of Intrahospital Transfer.  
10.1.3.    Considerations About Materials.  

10.2.    Out-of-hospital Transfer of the Critically Ill Patient.  

10.2.1.    Concept and Types of Medical Transport.  
10.2.2.    Pathophysiology of Medical Transport.  
10.2.3.    Protocol Phases of Interhospital Transport.  
10.2.4.    Characteristics and Care in Ground Medical Transport.  
10.2.5.    Characteristics and Care in Air Medical Transport.  
10.2.6.    Safety Rules for Working with Helicopters.  

10.3.    Nursing Transfer in the Transportion of the Critically Ill Patient.  

10.3.1.    Nursing Transfer as a Guarantee of Continuity of Care. Records.  
10.3.2.    The ISOBAR Model. 

Module 11. Pharmacology in Intensive Care 

11.1. Basic Concepts in Pharmacology.  

11.1.1. Basic Concepts 
11.1.2. Pharmacokinetics.  

11.2. Drug Administration Security.  

11.2.1. Drug Incompatibility and Drug Interactions. 
11.2.2. Most Frequent Errors in the Administration of Medications.  

11.3. Most Frequently Used Drugs in Critical Care.  

11.3.1. Analgesia, Sedation and Relaxation.  
11.3.2. Cardiotonics: Inotropes, Antiarrhythmics and Vasomodulators.  
11.3.3. Bronchodilators.  
11.3.4.  Antibiotherapy.  
11.3.5. Other Pharmacological Groups: Anticoagulants, Gastroprotectors and Corticosteroids.  

11.4. Drug Administration Precaution.  

11.4.1. Most Common Routes of Drug Administration in Critical Care. 
11.4.2. Standards for Oral and Enteral Drug Administration. 
11.4.3. Standards for Parenteral Drug Administration. 
11.4.4. Guidelines for the Administration of Hemoderivatives and Cytostatics.  

11.5. Formulas and Dosis Calculation.  

11.5.1. Concepts and Measure Units. Equivalents. 
11.5.2. Perfusion Rate Calculations.

Module 12. Psychosocial Aspects in the Care of the Critically Ill Patient 

12.1. Bioethics and Intensive Care. 

12.1.1. Principles of Bioethics.  
12.1.2. Law 41/2002 Regulating the Autonomy of the Patient and Rights and Obligations regarding Clinical Information and Documentation.  

12.2. Communication in the Intensive Care Unit. 

12.2.1. Communication Concept Effective Communication. 
12.2.2. Communication with the Critically Ill Patient and Their Family. 
12.2.3. Communication with the Pediatric Intensive Care Patient. 
12.2.4. Communicating Bad News. 

12.3. Stress Factors in the Intensive Care Unit.  

12.3.1. Stress Factors for the Patient and Family. 
12.3.2. Stress Factors for Personnel. Burnout Syndrome.  
12.3.3. Death in the Intensive Care Unit. Grief.  

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