HSPT606 – Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy

Module code
Module title
Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
To develop physiotherapy knowledge and clinical skills for the management of people living with basic disorders of the cardiorespiratory system across the lifespan.
  • HS1901
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Teaching and Learning Strategy
May include: Project-based Learning; Flipped Classroom; Blended Learning; Work-integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices.
Methods may include workshops and practical classes, tutorials, case-based learning, inquiry-based learning, group activities & discussion, supported online learning, e-portfolio, practice simulation.
Learning Outcomes
1. Apply biomedical and behavioural scientific knowledge and relevant lifespan, gender, cultural, legal and ethical factors to the evaluation and management of basic pulmonary and cardiorespiratory disorders.
2. Apply introductory clinical reasoning skills and decision making in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice.
3. Demonstrate a safe and appropriate basic subjective and physical examination, intervention and evaluation for basic cardiorespiratory disorders.
4. Communicate in an effective, culturally responsive manner in both verbal and written forms.
5. Appraise the role of the client, whaanau and other health and social care professionals in the interprofessional team for the holistic management of clients with a cardiorespiratory disorder.
Aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation and non-physiotherapeutic management of common simple pulmonary and cardiovascular disorders across the lifespan, which may include, but is not limited to:
Surgical - General, upper abdominal and cardiothoracic
Respiratory medicine - obstructive, restrictive, inflammatory and suppurative lung disease
Cardiovascular - heart failure, ischaemic heart disease, hypertension
History taking for clients presenting with cardiopulmonary dysfunction related to common simple cardiopulmonary disorders
Basic physical examination principles and procedures commonly used in assessing cardiopulmonary function and related issues of reliability and validity
Basic radiological and medical investigations commonly ordered for the investigation of cardiopulmonary function
Basic techniques, indications, contraindications, complications, progression, biological basis and empirical evidence for physiotherapeutic management of cardiopulmonary dysfunction related to common simple disorders
Non-physiotherapeutic, conservative, surgical and pharmacological management of common simple cardiopulmonary disorders, including complications and side-effects
Conservative and surgical management of common simple pulmonary, cardiac and vascular disorders
Introduction to rehabilitation and exercise for pulmonary and cardiovascular disorders
Introduction to client education and health promotion strategies relevant to the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems
Psychosocial considerations relevant to managing clients with common simple cardiopulmonary disorders
Ethical, lifespan, gender, cultural and legal issues relevant to the management of common simple cardiopulmonary disorders
Physiotherapist's role in promoting wellness as relevant to the pulmonary, cardiac and vascular systems
Outcome measures for common simple cardiopulmonary disorders
Clinical reasoning skills needed for planning and interpreting the clinical examination and implementing physiotherapy treatment for cardiopulmonary dysfunction related to common simple disorders
Role of other health professionals in team management of cardiorespiratory clients across the lifespan
Culturally responsive practice in cardiopulmonary and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, particularly for Maaori and Pasifika
Assessment Criteria
Practice Based Assessment - this assessment must be passed to pass the module.
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components.
Students need to provide evidence against all learning outcomes, and gain an overall mark of 50% to pass this module.

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