ADVANCED TRAUMA MANAGEMENT

PAR4ATM

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will learn the underpinning pathophysiology associated with traumatic injuries of the head, chest and spine, and burn injuries affecting body structure and function. Students will build upon their existing knowledge of clinical approach, patient assessment and management and the decision-making process, and apply this knowledge in workshops and simulation scenarios. Communication techniques appropriate to specific trauma patient presentations will be further refined and developed. Emphasis will be placed on the development of rationales for patient management techniques in complex situations where the level of physical trauma is significant.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRay Gleeson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE3COS & PAR3IPP

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsClinical Practi ce Guidelines for Ambulance and MICA ParamedicsPrescribedAmbulance Victoria 2014BLUE STAR PRINT, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA
ReadingsMosby's Paramedic TextbookPrescribedSanders MJELSEVIER MOSBY, ST LOUIS, 3RD ED 2007

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Individually, and as part of a team, communicate effectively with patients presenting with specific traumatic conditions. You will be able to: (a) implement appropriate approaches to patient communication and rapport in simulated patients with significant physical trauma; (b) use the principles of empathy and reassurance effectively whilst concurrently providing clinical management of simulated patients; (c) build upon previously gained skills and effectively communicate with other emergency service representatives and health organisations to ensure appropriate management of patients presenting with specific traumatic conditions.

Activities:
Scenarios and role play.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Communication (Communication)
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Individually, and as part of a team, assess a patient presenting with a traumatic injury within a trauma setting. You will be able to: (a) follow an effective systematic patient assessment procedure for patients presenting with specific traumatic conditions; (b) use an appropriate technique to take a patient history whilst concurrently providing clinical management of simulated patients; (c) perform a thorough primary, secondary and vital signs survey appropriate to the specific traumatic conditions presented.

Activities:
Simulated case studies and scenarios. Whole-of-class case studies.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Communication (Communication)
Speaking (Speaking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

03. Individually, and as part of a team, judge a patient's condition using a paramedic Decision Making Process. You will be able to: (a) describe the pathophysiology and signs and symptoms of presented traumatic conditions; (b) describe the pre-hospital management for specific trauma patient conditions; (c) provide an appropriate rationale for the clinical management of specific traumatic conditions based on existing knowledge of the underlying pathophysiology; (d) describe and contrast different approaches to drawing and justifying decisions you have made based on the trauma patient observations.

Activities:
Scenarios. Written case studies within workbook.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Communication (Communication)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

04. Individually, and as part of a team plan the management, and effectively manage a patient presenting with a specific trauma condition. You will be able to: (a) identify appropriate means for access, egress and transportation of patients presenting with a traumatic condition of a specific nature; (b) determine the time criticality of presenting trauma patients; (c) appraise the need for and justify additional support services in order to effectively manage trauma cases of a critical nature; (d) integrate technical skills and theoretical knowledge when dealing with a patient condition of a traumatic nature.

Activities:
Scenarios, skills stations, role play and workbook case studies.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Communication (Communication)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

05. Monitor and reassess patients presenting with specific traumatic conditions. You will be able to: (a) describe the importance of patient reassessment and trend recognition in patients with specific traumatic conditions; (b) implement the use of equipment to aid in the reassessment and monitoring of patients presenting with specific traumatic conditions; (c) identify changes in patient presentation in a timely manner and predict outcomes based on these changes; (d) reassess the effectiveness of patient management provided individually and as part of a team, and effectively continue or alter management as necessary.

Activities:
Scenarios, skills stations and workbook case studies.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Communication (Communication)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size40

Enrolment information Staffing, space and equipment constraints Auditing within LRHS

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRay Gleeson

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
30-minute individual practical examinationPractical examination of clinical skills and medical case simulation. A pass is the practical examination is a hurdle requirement.35 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Mini-quiz at the end of each module15 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
one-hour written examination50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05