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PMC2201 Multi Trauma

Semester 2, 2016 On-campus Ipswich
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 069905 - Paramedical Studies

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Examiner: Lee Moos


The Multi-trauma course will extend the knowledge students obtained in the foundational science courses such as Anatomy and Physiology, Applied Pathology and Behavioural conditions and emergencies. Trauma is a leading cause of death and disability in Australia and internationally and requires in depth knowledge to enable students to learn about managing trauma, environmental emergencies, envenomation and the principles of multi casualty incidents in the pre hospital environment. Students will gain specific knowledge of common traumatic and environmental emergencies encountered by paramedics.


Trauma, multi-traumatic conditions and emergencies represent a significant component of paramedic practice. Therefore, this course will focus on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and therapeutic management of specific traumatic conditions and emergencies, environmental related conditions, and the significance of the multi-casualty incident in the prehospital environment. Content will also address environmental conditions including heat and cold related exposure, toxicology, drowning and barotrauma can result in significant mortality and morbidity if not recognised and managed appropriately in the pre-hospital environment.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Apply anatomical, physiological, pathological and epidemiological knowledge to examine the possible and actual consequence of trauma and environmental emergencies
  2. Examine the significance of mechanisms and patterns of injury and shock
  3. Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills required to manage multitrauma situations and environmental emergencies
  4. Examine the skills required to manage individuals who experience traumatic and/or environmental conditions in the pre hospital environment
  5. Apply epidemiological knowledge relating to trauma and environmental conditions and how this information can be used in the development of effective injury prevention programs
  6. Apply evidence-based practice to assess and manage traumatic and environmental emergencies.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Mechanisms of injury
2. Heat and Cold related illnesses
3. Head and spinal injuries and events 10.00
4. Thoracic injuries
Abdominal and pelvic injuries
5. Drowning
6. Environmental injuries
Explosion / Blast injuries
7. Multi Casualty Incidents
8. Other:
Violent injuries / Gun shot
9. Pain management 10.00
10. Decision making

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Marx, J. A., Hockberger, R. S., Walls, R. M.,. (2014). Rosen's Emergency Medicine Concepts & Clinical Practice 8th Ed, Vol. 1. Mosby/Elsevier.
  • Queensland Government. (2015). Queensland Ambulance Service Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Auerbach, P. S. (2011). Wilderness Medicine 6th Ed. Elsevier.
  • Gregory, P., & Mursell, I. (2010). Manual of Clinical Paramedic Procedures. Wiley-Blackwell: UK.
  • Martini, F. H., Timmons, M. J., & Tallitsch, R. B. (2012). Human Anatomy 7th Ed. Pearson.
  • NAEMT. (2011). PHTLS: Prehospital Trauma Life Support. Mosby/Elsevier.
  • Sherwood, L. (2013). Human Physiology for Cells to Systems 8th Ed. Brooks/Cole.
  • Talley, N. J., & O?Connor, S. (2014). Clinical Examination. Elsevier. (including DVD).

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 35.00
Directed Study 40.00
Lectures 24.00
Private Study 54.00
Tutorials 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT (CASE STUDY) 40 40 06 Oct 2016
EXAM PART A (MULTIPLE CHOICE) 40 20 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. This will be a closed examination. The total working time for the examination (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    CLOSED: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA referencing style. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library?s referencing guide. These policies can be found at //

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University?s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. Forms part of the Bachelor of Paramedicine
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at //

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.