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Critical Care

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The Critical Care course is based on the national Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 4 Critical Care and current evidence.

This course aims to help you identify and apply the principles of blood management to any critically ill patient and will include management of anaemia, prevention and management of blood loss and appropriate use of blood components. This course is aimed at healthcare professionals – primarily doctors and nurses – caring for critically ill patients.

It should take less than one hour to complete this course and can be completed in separate parts.

Course Details

The course is presented as a clinical scenario in three parts.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • explain the options for treatment and apply the appropriate management of anaemia for critically ill patients
  • manage the risk of bleeding and coagulopathy due to comorbidities or therapy
  • optimise haematological deficiencies and, where required, use transfusion therapy according to consensus guidelines and evidence based practice.


This course was released Dec 2015.
The content is based on current clinical guidelines, other evidence-based material and/or expert opinion. We regularly review our courses to reflect any changes in these source materials.

Endorsement & CPD

BloodSafe eLearning Australia seeks endorsement and allocation of CPD points for courses from medical, nursing and midwifery colleges, societies and healthcare organisations. Further information on professional organisations and CPD points is provided below.



International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

NMBoard_web Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Under continuing professional development (CPD) standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia one hour of active learning equals one hour of CPD. User evaluation of the Critical Care course, demonstrates that on average it takes approximately one hour to complete. Therefore it is recommended that one hour be recorded for the purpose of self-directed CPD.
Other Professions and Medical Specialties
User evaluation of the Critical Care course, demonstrates that on average it takes approximately one hour to complete. Therefore it is recommended that one hour be recorded for the purpose of CPD.


There is an online assessment of six multiple choice questions at the end of the course.

A minimum grade of 66% (four out of six questions correct) is required to complete the course.

A certificate will be automatically emailed to your registered email address after you have successfully

completed the course assessment.

If you don’t pass a course assessment, you can redo it as many times as you need. It is recommended

you revisit the learning content because the assessment questions may change for each attempt.

You must complete the assessment for this course within three months. If not, then the assessment will need to be commenced again.

You can see a summary of the courses and modules you have successfully completed in My certificates

or via the Course certificates link on the My courses page.

Development Team

Project Team

Dr Amanda Thomson: Medical Writer/Editor
Dr Carole Foot: Medical Writer
Ms Trudi Verrall: Clinical Education Lead
Ms Michele Wood: Program Manager


Peer Review Group

Thanks to the wider group of health professionals who provided evaluation and feedback during the development process. We would particularly like to thank:

  • Dr Pierre Janin, Dr Chris Johnston, Dr Dharshi Karapillai, Ms Bronwyn Pearse, Dr Andrew van der Poll and Dr Tim Southwood for the final course review
  • Dr Kerry Gunn, Dr Andrew van der Poll and Dr James Winearls for their input during the course development
  • Kim Atherton, Ken Croll, Violeta Jardin and Lisa Kelly for their assistance with viscoelastic testing.


People involved in photography

Trauma patient: Todd Gray

ICU patient: Joseph Medic

Marian Dempster, Melissa Thompson, Nicole van Niekerk, Dr Subodh Suhas Ganu, Leonie Lower, Dr Matthew O’Connor, Paul Patiniott, Phil Coward, Jessica Gannon, Shelly Abbott, Elaine Bell, Ellana Gormly and Harvey Grantham.



BloodSafe eLearning Australia wish to thank the staff of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pharmacy Department, Transfusion Service and Simulation Education, and the Royal Adelaide Hospital Emergency Department for support with the clinical photography.


Educational Design

Peter Bailes


Production Team

Production Studio: Digital Media Unit, Centre for Education and Training, Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Adelaide, South Australia.
Interactive Design and Development: Peter Bailes and Chris Faulkner
Software Development: Peter Bailes, Chris Faulkner and Andrew Dunn
Graphic Design: Kristin Stone
Photography: Greg Opie and Chris Sprod
Editor: Helen Snoswell
Learning Management System: Brightcookie Pty Ltd


Funding for BloodSafe eLearning Australia has been provided by all Australian Governments via the National Blood Authority