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PAR4202

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2010 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Peninsula Second semester 2010 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Peninsula Summer semester A 2010 (Day)
Peninsula Summer semester A 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Andrea Wyatt and Dr Melinda Truesdale

Synopsis

This unit will explore the specific modifications to clinical practice required when
adapting to the aeromedical environment. This exploration will be based on the
affects of altitude on susceptible medical, surgical and traumatic conditions and will
emphasise the importance of appropriate in-flight equipment commonly used for
patient monitoring and ventilatory and circulatory support. Related clinical
management strategies including prediction of potential aeromedical problems so as
to ensure the safe and efficient transport of patients will be developed.

Objectives

By the completion of this unit, the student should be able to:

  1. describe the specific effects of altitude on susceptible medical, surgical and
traumatic conditions;
  1. describe the use of pharmacological agents and techniques for administering
drugs and fluids necessary to manage common conditions requiring aeromedical
transport and treat potential complications that may arise;
  1. plan patient care appropriate to the professional practice level of the student, that
incorporates clinical management strategies including prediction of potential
aeromedical problems so as to ensure the safe and efficient transport of the
patient;
  1. demonstrate a working knowledge of medical equipment utilised in the care of
patients during flight; and
  1. discuss the pivotal role of teamwork in the aeromedical retrieval environment.

Assessment

Examination 60%
2 Case Studies 40%.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Ingrid Brooks

Contact hours

Only industry sponsored students will be enrolled on-campus.

Prerequisites

This unit is open to ambulance and MICA paramedics, registered nurses and doctors
who are employees of public or private aeromedical retrieval providers and
operational Australian military flight paramedics, or those with an interest in
retrieval medicine.

Co-requisites

PAR4201