Paramedic Management of Trauma

    Unit code: HFB2005 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Online Real Time
    St Albans
    HFB2002 - Medical Emergencies 1; and
    HFB2003 - Medical Emergencies 2
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This theoretical unit will introduce students to aetiology, pathophysiology, patient assessment, presentation features and management of the traumatically injured person spanning primary, acute and emergency settings. National and international trauma epidemiology and trauma systems will also be reviewed. Unit structure will allow for students to apply their knowledge as professionally and culturally safe clinicians, abiding with National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and paramedicine’s legislated Professional Capabilities. Students are encouraged to participate in academic writing, effective communication and critical self-reflection throughout this unit.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Contextualise the aetiology and pathophysiology of primary, acute and emergency traumatic injuries spanning musculoskeletal injury, environmental injury, exposure injury, shock syndromes, neurological trauma and pain theory;
    2. Apply pathophysiology knowledge of traumatic injuries by linking presentation features to clinical trajectories and biopsychosocial care plans;
    3. Critically review evidence - based non-pharmacological and pharmacological management interventions relevant to traumatic injuries;
    4. Unpack nationally and internationally implemented triage scales and time criticality requisites relevant to trauma presentations; and
    5. Demonstrate development of clinical reasoning and critical reflection relevant to the traumatically injured patient.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 10%
    MCQ Assessment (45mins)
    Assessment type: Annotated Bibliography
    Grade: 25%
    Group Project Part 1 Major Trauma: critical research analysis via annotated bibliography. (1800-word equivalent.)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 25%
    Group Project Part 2 Major Trauma: Application of AT2 information via Clinical Guideline development (1200 words equivalent)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 40%
    On campus analysis of digitalised case studies. MCQ and SAQ. (120 minutes equivalent.) (hurdle)

    Required reading

    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

    As part of a course

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