Internal students;
1 x 1.5-hour Online-lecture per week
3 x 1-day Intensive workshops per semester
4 x 1-day Clinical placements per semester
6-hours Independent study weekly
External students
1 x 2-day Intensive Workshop per semester (compulsory)
3 x 1-day Clinical placements per semester
1 x 1.5-hour Online-lecture per week
7-hours Independent study weekly
PARA1000 - Introduction to Paramedic Practice
Enrolment not permitted
HLTH1202 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Resuscitation at Basic Life support level.
Assignments; Examination (50%); Laboratory participation; Placement (Clinical); Practical work.
Topic description
This topic covers basic trauma management in the prehospital setting. Concepts of the patterns and mechanisms of injury are introduced. Specific types of injuries and how they are managed are explored in detail.
Educational aims
The care of victims of acute traumatic injury forms a significant part of paramedic practice. In many cases the traumatic experience may appear to be an innocuous event with the patients’ signs and symptoms not reflecting the possible severe life threatening injuries that could have been inflicted by certain types of mechanisms of injury. Paramedic practice demands the student to develop their understanding of these mechanisms of injury, the particular anatomy and physiological injuries associated with such mechanisms, and the assessment and treatment strategies to optimise patient care. Specific types of traumatic injuries will be examined with appropriate methods of management with special attention to spinal precautions. Students will understand the implications of Mass Casualty Incidents and Disaster management. Students will also develop their understanding of trauma and its implications on special populations such as paediatrics, obstetrics, elderly and bariatric patients.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students should be able to:

  • Analyse patterns and mechanisms of injury and make predictions about the patient's health status in the trauma emergency pre-hospital setting

  • Define major trauma and the resources available to paramedics/patients in such cases

  • Discuss the difference with trauma in the special populations of paediatrics, obstetrics, elderly and bariatric.

  • Develop understanding of the ‘shocked state' within the trauma patient

  • Outline assessment and management of the trauma patient in regards to various traumatic injuries:

    • Spinal Trauma; Head, Neck and Facial Trauma

    • Chest Trauma

    • Abdominal and Pelvic Trauma

    • Blast & Penetrating Trauma; Crush, Compartment Syndrome & Amputations

    • Burns; Fracture Management

  • Describe energy forms associated with trauma

  • Describe, demonstrate and discuss spinal immobilisation techniques including log roll techniques, spine boards and the Oregon spinal splint

  • Basics of fracture management

  • Basics of Multi Casualty Incident Management and Disaster Management

  • Assessment and management of patients suffering traumatic injuries.