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TM5577 - Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals

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


This subject provides students with the knowledge required to successfully provide clinical care in the paediatric and neonatal secondary (interfacility) retrieval setting. Basic principles of interfacility care will be reviewed and form the contextual environment for the subject. Specific areas of paediatric and neonatal clinical care likely to be encountered in the secondary retrievals environment will be examined in detail. There will also be a focus on the impact of the aeromedical environment on patients, procedures and equipment. The subject will provide students with not just the knowledge needed to provide paediatric and neonatal care in the aeromedical environment, but also knowledge of the evidence and theory underpinning these constructs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the key physiological differences between neonates, infants, older children and adults. Describe the key differences to the physiological responses to injury and critical illness between neonates, infants, older children and adults;
  • Outline specific equipment selection for use in the aeromedical retrieval environment specific to neonates, infants and older children;
  • Outline the management of the critically ill child, pre term and term neonate in the aeromedical retrieval environment;
  • Outline the crew mix required for aeromedical retrieval of the paediatric and neonatal patient;
  • Outline the specific challenges of the paediatric and neonatal patient in the aeromedical environment.
Students must have previous knowledge regarding the provision of medical care in critical care settings. This subject DOES NOT teach critical care medicine, it teaches the 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.


External, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Ms Anita Robertson, Dr Stefan Mazur
Lecturers: Ms Anita Robertson, <Person not found>, Dr Stefan Mazur.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); assignments (30%); (30%).

External, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Ms Anita Robertson, Dr Stefan Mazur.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); assignments (30%); (30%).

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