The fifth clinic is our Thorax clinic which is the longest clinic and is split into two parts.
The first session links back to our anaesthetics session. Within seconds on inducing a patient there's a huge rush to intubate them. The general anaesthetic shuts down the electrical activity of their nervous system which in turns stops the diaphragm from working. This means the patient very quickly stops ventilating.
Using a real intubation tube you will intubate a real thorax, placing the tube into the trachea to establish an airway. Once the airway is established you'll them discharge air into the airway to inflate the lungs. We will cover all of the main anatomical structures of the airway as well as delve into what happens when a patient develops COPD. A condition that destroys the structure of the alveoli and the elasticity of the lungs.
Everybody's favourite. We will begin with the basic structure of the ventricles and vessels before looking at the electrical conductivity of the heart. You will familiarise yourself with the SAN, AVN and Bundle-of-His and how they generate the contracting of the heart.
You will need a stethoscope (available to buy at the box office) to take part in this portion of the event.
We will then conduct some diagnosis on ourselves and fellow students as we practice locating the four valves and listening to the acoustics of the heart organ.
This clinic will finish with a complete pathology dissection of the heart using the post-mortem heart dissection technique. This allows an impressive view of the main structures while allowing us observe for pathologies such as Myocardial Infarction and Hypertrophy.