This theoretical unit will introduce students to assessment and management of the trauma patient in the pre-hospital and hospital setting. Epidemiology and trauma systems in Australia and mechanism of injury will be examined. Specific areas of focus will include the medical and pharmacological treatment of haemorrhage, shock and burns, soft tissue, head and facial, spinal, thoracic, abdominal, musculoskeletal trauma. Toxicological and environmental emergencies will also be discussed. This unit will focus on pre-hospital assessment and management of these patients, through to hospital procedures and includes pathophysiology and the safe use of pharmacotherapies. Students will apply their knowledge as professionally and culturally safe clinicians underpinned by the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. Students are encouraged to participate in effective written and verbal communication and critical, self-reflection throughout the unit, to allow for continued student development.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
RECOMMENDED TEXTS: McCance, K.L., Huether, S.E., Brashers, V.L., & Rote, N.S. (2018) Pathophysiology: The biologic basis for disease in adults and children 8th ed. St Lois MO: Mosby Cameron, P., Jelinek., G., Kelly, A., Murray, L. and Heyworth, J. (2014) Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine 4th ed. Sydney: Churchill Livingstone Curtis, K., Ramsden, C., Shaban, R., Fry, M. & Considine, J. (2019). Emergency and trauma care for nurses and paramedics. 3rd edition. Elsevier. Bryant, B., Knights, K., Darroch, S., & Rowland, A. (2018) Pharmacology for health professionals. 5th ed. Elsevier
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):