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Anaesthesia for surgical Patients - An Introduction

  • ECTS credits3
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeELMED214
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian (if non-Norwegian speaking participants, the course can be conducted in English)
  • Resources

Objectives and Content

The topic aims at providing

  • General understanding of anaesthesia for surgical patients
  • Overview of necessary anaesthetics and equipment to obtain general anaesthesia
  • How to plan one patient for anesthesia, including preoperative considerations and risk assessments (ASA), providing anaesthesia in the operating theatre, and postoperative decisions at the end of surgery
  • Overview of anaesthesia risk and patient safety
  • Basic practical training in anaesthesia procedures-

Each student should follow one surgical patient from start to finish of an operation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course

the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • Has basic knowledge on
    • How to plan for and provide anaesthesia to surgical patients
    • Necessary medication and equipment to provide anaesthesia
    • Patient risk assessments (ASA)
    • Need for preoperative examinations and treatment


  • Has performed
    • A risk assessment of a patient (ASA)
    • Setting up monitoring of a patient
    • A venous cannulation and set up and iv infusion on a manikin and a patient
    • Insertion of a laryngeal mask on manikin/seen patient-demo Intubation on manikin/seen patient-demo

Access to the Course

Cand.med. degree programme

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The topic consists of lectures, time in operating theatres places, group work (team based and case based learning) and simulator-/manikin exercises.
Lectures (including course test).
Operating theatres.
Group work (including presentations).
Simulator-/mainkintraining exercises.
Self-studies and preparation for group work not included in the hours mentioned above.

Number of students
Minimum: 5
Maximum: 10

Assessment Semester


Reading List

Ræder, Johan: Anestesiologi En innføringsbok. 2. utg. 254 s
m/ett kapittel om Intensivmedisin av Hans Flaatten
Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk, 2016.
ISBN 978-82-05-49472-5

Course Coordinator

Eirik Søfteland, Professor/Seksjonsoverlege
Klinisk Institutt 1, Medisinsk Fakultet


Contact Information


Tel: (+47) 55 58 64 00