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TM5566 - Clinical Care Skills in Aeromedical Retrievals

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc (pre 2015)

Available to postgraduate students enrolled in public health and tropical medicine courses only or by permission of Head of School.

This subject provides students with the knowledge and skills to successfully provide clinical care in the aeromedical retrieval environment. Basic principles of aeromedical care will be reviewed and form the contextual environment for the subject. This will cross the spectrum of care from intial patient management, whether that is pre hospital or at the bedside in the referring hospital through to inflight care and the handover process at the end of the mission. Specific areas of clinical care likely to be encountered in aeromedical retrievals will be examined in detail. This will consist of best practise and the theory underpinning this. How this best practice may vary between the hospital situation and the aeromedical environment as a result of aviation physiology, flight characteristics or aircraft configuration will be reviewed and students will be aided in understanding the rationale for this. There will also be a focus on the impact of the aeromedical environment on equipment used and procedures performed with respect to selection, outcomes and use. The subject will provide students with not just the knowledge and practical skills to achieve this but also the knowledge, evidence and theory underpinning this to help promote the deeper level of understanding expected of leaders in the field.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define pre hospital/ primary retrievals in the aeromedical environment;
  • Outline the principles of personal safety, pre departure preparation, essential safety skills, leadership and crew resource management for aeromedical retrievals;
  • Describe the differences between standard hospital based health care and all phases during pre hospital aeromedical retrievals;
  • Outline the common trauma and medical conditions and key clinical procedures likely to be encountered/ required in pre hospital/ primary aeromedical retrievals;
  • Outline the role of the aeromedical retrieval service in the pre hospital environment including multiple patient incidents and disaster with particular reference to site organization and relationship with other key participants.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Student must have previous knowledge regarding provision of medical care in critical care settings. This subject DOES NOT teach critical care medicine. It teaches application of critical care medicine in the unique retrieval environment.
Prerequisites: A medical, nursing or allied health degree/ qualification and at least 2 years full time experience (or equivalent part time experience) in a critical care environment". All applications will require approval from the subject coordinators prior to acceptance into subject

Availabilities

Townsville, Limited, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Face to face teaching 28-Mar-2014 to 30-Mar-2014 (Face-to-face teaching will be held in Townsville)
Coordinator: Ms Anita Robertson, Dr Stefan Mazur
Lecturers: Ms Anita Robertson, Dr Stefan Mazur.
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); assignments (30%); (30%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Townsville, Limited, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Face to face teaching 17-Oct-2014 to 19-Oct-2014 (Face-to-face teaching will be held in Townsville)
Coordinator: Ms Anita Robertson, Dr Stefan Mazur
Lecturers: Ms Anita Robertson, Dr Stefan Mazur.
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); assignments (30%); (30%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.