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ANES 4011: Hemodynamic and Physiological Monitoring

This course establishes the relationship between cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology and the technical aspects of hemodynamic monitoring. Included in this course is the study of preoperative assessment and preparation of the patient, monitoring during anesthesia, general anesthesia techniques and postoperative care of the patient. On completion of this course, students should be able to understand the techniques and equipment involved in hemodynamic monitoring and their role in the assessment and treatment of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease.

Note: This advanced studies course is designed for allied health professionals who work in critical-care environments. ANES 4011 is part of TRU's Anesthesia Assistant Diploma Program. It is assumed that students enrolling in this course have a basic working knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and blood gases.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the anatomy and physiology and physical assessment techniques for the cardiovascular system.
  • Describe the technical components of hemodynamic monitoring.
  • Outline the various monitoring techniques for venous and arterial systems, the pulmonary artery, cardiac output, and oxygenation.
  • Describe hemodynamic monitoring for pediatric and cardiac disease patients.

Course topics

  • Module A: Describe the Anatomy and Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
  • Module B: Physical Assessment of the Cardiovascular System
  • Module C: Describe the Technical Components of Hemodynamic Monitoring
  • Module D: Describe Arterial Pressure Monitoring
  • Module E: Describe Central Venous Pressure Monitoring
  • Module F: Describe Pulmonary Artery Pressure Monitoring
  • Module G: Describe Cardiac Output Monitoring
  • Module H: Describe Monitoring of Oxygenation
  • Module I: Describe Hemodynamic Monitoring in Pediatrics
  • Module J: Describe Hemodynamic Monitoring in Patients with Cardiac Disease

Required text and materials

The following materials are required for this course

  1. Darovic, G. O. (2002). Hemodynamic monitoring: Invasive and non-invasive clinical application. (3rd. ed.) Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders.
    Type: Textbook ISBN: 9780721692937
  1. Butterworth, J., Wasnick, J., & Mackey, D. (2022). Morgan & Mikhail’s clinical anesthesiology. (7th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, Lange.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 9781260473797

Note: This textbook is also used in ANES 4005, 4021, and 4031. Students who already own the required textbook, should deselect it upon registering for this course.

Additional requirements

A calculator is required in this course. You can find detailed information about the hardware, software, and computer skills requirements for your course at


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Students applying this course toward any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum 60% on the course overall to meet program requirements.

Assignment 1: Pressure Line and Transducers Video 10%
Midterm Exam 1 (Modules A-D) 20%
Assignment 2: Non-Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring 10%
Midterm Exam 2 (Modules E-H) 20%
Final Exam (mandatory) 40%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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