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Unit information: Paediatric perfusion and circulatory support in 2021/22

Unit name Paediatric perfusion and circulatory support
Unit code SOCSM0014
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Biglino
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit will introduce the clinical problem of paediatric congenital heart disease. It will provide an overview of the genomics and epidemiology of congenital heart disease and describe the pathology of congenital heart defects and their complications. The surgical interventions currently used to correct heart defects will be outlined, including possible post-intervention complications. Additionally, strategies used for organ retrieval and protection will be described. Having understood the clinical need knowledge of the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and circulatory support for these cardiovascular problems will be gained

Intended learning outcomes

  • Discuss the clinical problem, pathology, genomics and epidemiology of congenital heart defects.
  • Have a good understanding of the clinical methods currently used to correct heart defects.
  • Recognize cardio-protection strategies for surgery and perfusion
  • Critically evaluate diseases that contribute towards cardiothoracic disease.
  • Understand the immunological reaction of the body to bypass
  • Critically evaluate the use of advanced long-term blood pumps and extracorporeal circuits.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cardio, pulmonary and cardiopulmonary circulatory support.

Teaching details

  • Synchronous and asynchronous lectures; tutorials
  • Online discussion forum(s)
  • Self-directed study

Assessment Details

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

  • 5 sets of 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% to the unit.
  • Presentation on a unit-related topic, contributing 10% to the unit

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

Written exam (contributing a total of 40% to the unit) consisting of:

  • Essay paper

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.


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