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.
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.