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CODE CPH3201

 
TITLE Pharmacology for Radiographers

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 2

 
DEPARTMENT Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

 
DESCRIPTION This introductory study-unit serves to provide a sound understanding of the principles underlying the therapeutic action of drugs used in radiography especially contrast media. It will include an understanding of the various phases of drug action, from the molecular level to drug analysis, as well as understanding of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles and general pharmacological activity. The study-unit will also consider practical aspects of the role of pharmacology for the work, graduates in radiographic science will be undertaking especially in an understanding of the drugs used in emergency situations encountered in their practice.

Study-unit aims:

- To provide a sound understanding of the principles underlying the therapeutic action of drugs used in radiography especially contrast media.
- An understanding of the various phases of drug action, from the molecular level to drug analysis.
- An understanding of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles and general pharmacological activity of contrast media and emergency drugs.
- Practical aspects of the role of pharmacology in understanding drugs used in emergency situations.
- Using pharmacological principles to understand differences in the mode of action and selection of contrast media.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of this study unit, the student will be able to understand:
- general mechanisms of drug action.
- different modes of drug administration in radiography.
- principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs used in radiography.
- selection and differences between different contrast media used in radiography.
- mechanism of action of drugs available on the emergency trolley.
- predict and manage adverse reactions to drugs used in radiography.
- aseptic procedures in drug preparation.

2. Skills:

By the end of this study unit, the student will be able to:
- Apply the basic principles of drug action in the selection of contrast media used radiography.
- Apply knowledge of the molecular mode of action of drugs to specific clinical scenarios encountered emergency situations in radiography.
- Manage drug related problems in radiography.
- Adopt aseptic techniques in the preparation of drugs used in radiography.
- Use principles in pharmacology in understanding use of drugs available on the emergency trolley.

Main texts:

Recommended
• Jensen SC and Peppers MP. Pharmacology and Drug Administration for Imaging technologists. Mosby. 2nd Ed.
• British National Formulary. Pharmaceutical Press.

Reference
• Humphrey P. Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower R. Rang & Dale's Pharmacology. Churchill Livingstone. 6th Ed.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 40%
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 60%

 
LECTURER/S Anthony Fenech
Gabriel Galea
Janet Mifsud (Co-ord.)
Mark Zammit

 
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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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