PAR5440 - Intensive care management of trauma and environmental conditions - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Nathan Stam


Mr Tim Andrews

Unit guides


Notting Hill

  • Second semester 2018 (Online)


PAR5400, PAR5410


Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: 3876, 3877, 3878, M6015


Please note, this unit has had the following change/s during 2017: amendment to unit coordinator.

For previous handbook information please contact the Faculty office.


This unit introduces students to an advanced level of knowledge, understanding and skill related to the intensive care management of patients with traumatic and environmental conditions. Trauma care is approached from the contextual perspective of contemporary trauma systems, time critical guidelines and trauma triage criteria. Specific traumatic injuries are explored in depth and are related to student development of advanced skills to effectively manage these conditions.

Students must be actively engaged in appropriate clinical practice, clinical placements or clinical simulation to achieve the outcomes of this unit.

It is expected that students will gain an advanced authority to practice after demonstrating the requisite clinical knowledge, skills and training of this unit as per the local statutory guidelines after completing an internship at the end of their course.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to;

  1. Examine and apply knowledge of the structure of trauma systems and define the related trauma triage criteria including the benefits of pre-hospital support and the related role of community emergency health practitioners;
  2. Analyse the pathophysiology of common traumatic and environmental conditions as it relates to specific intensive care interventions and clinical management strategies;
  3. Formulate appropriate pharmacotherapeutic regimes using the relevant drugs available for the intensive care management of trauma and environmental conditions;
  4. Implement knowledge, skills and evidence based practice to professionally manage trauma and environmental emergencies as an intensive care paramedic;
  5. Synthesise the epidemiology of traumatic injuries and environmental conditions;
  6. Determine the likely ongoing management of patients in hospital critical care units using the framework of a trauma system.


  • Clinical procedure exemplar videos x 4 (10 minutes each) (40%) (hurdle)
  • Clinical Practice Discussion Forums x 4 (1,600 words) (20%)
  • Final Exam (MCQ, SAQ) (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

Students will be expected to complete at least 6 hours of distance education directed learning and a minimum of 6 hours of private study and self-directed learning per week.

If completed on-campus, students will be expected to complete the equivalent of 6 hours of lectures, seminars or online tutorials per week in addition to 6 hours of self-directed learning.

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