The focus of this unit is to provide the theoretical underpinnings required to develop in the student an appropriate level of knowledge, understanding and skill related to the provision of MICA Paramedic trauma care and care of patients with emergency environmental conditions. The unit is underpinned by a MICA Paramedic clinical approach, clinical problem solving and clinical decision making model.
Trauma care is approached from the contextual perspective of trauma systems, time critical guidelines and in-field triage criteria.
Clinical sciences content is integrated with clinical management protocols developed from evidence based practice principles and the clinical approach used to manage the trauma patient. In depth consideration of the shock process and the patient with hypovolaemia is combined with skills development in perfusion status assessment and fluid resuscitation. Specific traumatic injuries including chest injuries, head injuries, spinal injuries, musculo-skeletal injuries, burn injuries and crush injuries are discussed in depth and practice in the related skills of airway management, pain relief, emergency sedation and management of tension pneumothorax is provided. The student is provided with the opportunity to attend morbid anatomy sessions to support the necessary anatomical knowledge required for relevant skills development.
This unit also identifies the specific MICA Paramedic interventions for environmental emergencies such as environmental hazards, and underwater diving emergencies. The students' previous clinical experience is used as the basis for identifying key differences in the advanced life support measures appropriate to these conditions.
By completion of this unit the student should be able to:
Exams: 75%, Advanced trauma life support simulation: 25% Professional development assessment: Pass/Fail.
104 hours comprising lectures, tutorials, practical sessins and clinical scenarios, self-directed learning materials and WebCT, 20 hours supervised hospital clinical practice, 32 hours independent work.