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Unit information: Adult CPB principles and practice in 2019/20

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Unit name Adult CPB principles and practice
Unit code SOCSM0018
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. George
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit aims to deliver a comprehensive coverage of key topics related to the principles and the use of CPB. Having understood the problems of selecting an artificial cardiopulmonary circuit that will suitably match the natural one, this Unit will demonstrate how to interact as part of a large complex team and how to apply the circuits to a wide variety of pathological conditions.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Critically evaluate the interaction between the cardiopulmonary bypass circuit and the patient and the role of the perfusionist in controlling these interactions.
  • Critically evaluate the design and selection of components used in a cardiopulmonary bypass circuit.
  • Demonstrate a thorough and wide ranging knowledge of the underlying principles and diagnostic use of monitoring equipment.
  • Analyse the individual perfusion requirements of the patient and plan appropriately to meet the needs of the patient.
  • Critically evaluate the benefits and limitations of cardiopulmonary bypass with respect to a wide range of surgical procedures.
  • Be aware of the potential problems when being responsible for administering drugs to a patient.

Teaching details

  • Campus-based and web-based (in Powerpoint with recorded audio) lectures, tutorials and practical demonstrations
  • Online discussion forum(s)
  • Self-directed study

Assessment Details

Coursework (contributing a total of 60% to the unit) consisting of:

  • 5 sets of on-line multiple choice questions (MCQs) (select the best answer from 4 or 5 options), contributing 10% to the unit.
  • Essay (1500 words), contributing 25% to the unit.
  • Short answer (750 words), contributing 15% of the unit.
  • Presentation on a unit-related topic, contributing 10% to the unit.

Please note that students will be given feedback on all coursework assessment.

Written exam (contributing a total of 40% to the unit and taken in Bristol) consisting of:

  • Essay paper contributing 25% to the unit.
  • MCQ paper contributing 15% to the unit.

The overall pass-mark for the unit will be 50%. However, students will be required to reach a minimum standard in both their coursework and their written exam; only 5% compensation between the total coursework element and the total exam element will be allowed.

Reading and References

G.P. Gravlee (2007) Cardiopulmonary Bypass; Principles and Practice. Lippincott 3rd edition

Linda B. Mongero (2008) On Bypass: Advanced Perfusion Techniques (Current Cardiac Surgery). Humana Press

A.C. Perrino (2003) Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials. Lipincott Williams and Wilkins

H.C. Adrogue, D.E. Wesson (2000) Acid Base (Blackwells Basics of Medicine). Blackwell

S. Ghosh, F. Falter, D. Cook (2009) Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Cambridge University Press

S.C. Yang, D.E. Cameron (2003) Current Therapy in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Mosby

Ellis H., Logan B.M., Dixon A.K (2009).; Human Sectional Anatomy. Hodder Arnold (Third edition)

Graham D., Cloke P., Vosper M (2007)., Principles of radiological medicine Churchill Livingstone (Fifth edition)

Carver E., Carver B. (2012) Medical imaging; Techniques, Reflections and evaluation Churchill Livingstone

Mitchell ARJ., West N., Leeson P, Banning A. (2008) Cardiac Catheterization and Coronary Investigation. OUP Oxford

Luderitz MP (2005)Profiles in cardiac pacing and electrophysiology. Wiley Blackwell

Essential and recommended reading as indicated by each lecturer