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PAR4220

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Community Emergency Health and Paramedics
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2013 (Flexible)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2013 (Flexible)
Alfred Hospital Summer semester A 2013 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Matt Johnson

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.

Outcomes

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;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. demonstrate a working knowledge of medical equipment utilised in the care of patients during flight; and
  5. discuss the pivotal role of teamwork in the aeromedical retrieval environment.

Assessment

Examination: 50%
Portfolio (5,000 word equivalent): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Co-requisites

Must be enrolled in Master, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate of Emergency Health