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CRIT5007: Clinical Retrieval Medicine

Semester 2, 2022 [Distance education/intensive on campus] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit follows on from CRIT5006 and aims to equip students to practice in this exciting field of retrieval medicine. The unit of study has three major areas: prehospital trauma care; critical care transport; and special patient groups (obstetric, neonatal and paediatric, bariatric, mechanical cardiorespiratory support). On successful completion of this unit students will be able to analyse and critique: appropriate prehospital trauma care; critical care issues specific to different transport modes; and issues regarding special groups that are increasingly encountered in retrieval medicine. Students will also gain an understanding of equipment and monitoring in retrieval medicine.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CRIT5007
Academic unit Critical Care
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Natalie May,
Tutor(s) Natalie May,
Krupa Mehta,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Live+ supervised) Type A final exam Final Exam
60 x MCQ questions. More details on Canvas
40% Formal exam period 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Online task Clinical Retrieval Topic Debate
Online task
15% Week 04 Details on Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4
Online task Teaching on the Run Video Task
Online Task
10% Week 10 Details on Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4
Online task Graded SAQ
Online Task
20% Week 12 Details on Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4
Online task Reflection & Response
Online task
15% Week 13 Details on Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4
Type A final exam = Type A final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Clinical Retrieval Topic Debate: Students will choose a topic from a list provided in Canvas and provide a 500 word argument outlining their stance (affirmative/negative).
  • Teaching on the Run Video Task: Students will need to select a procedure from the list provided in Canvas and create a 3-5 minute video outlining how to teach the chosen procedure.
  • Graded SAQ: Students must complete a set of short answered questions.
  • Reflection & Response: Students must reflect on their experience this semester with CRIT5007 and evaluate what they have learned and disucss what they can take back and implement in their practise.
  • Final Exam: Students will then sit a 60 minute exam which includes 60 x MCQ questions. More details will be provided on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Week 1: Introduction to prehospital trauma Online class (10 hr) LO1
Week 02 Week 2: Haemorrhage control Online class (10 hr) LO1
Week 03 Week 3: Airway and breathing Online class (10 hr) LO1
Week 04 Week 4: Brain and spine Online class (10 hr) LO1
Week 05 Critical procedures Online class (10 hr) LO2
Week 06 Week 6: Principles of critical care transport Online class (10 hr) LO2
Week 07 Week 7: Respiratory critical care Online class (10 hr) LO2
Week 08 Week 8: Cardiovascular critical care and sepsis Online class (10 hr) LO2
Week 09 Week 9: Cardiac arrest and neuroprotection Online class (10 hr) LO2
Week 10 Week 10: Obstetric, neonatal and paediatric retrieval Online class (10 hr) LO3
Week 11 Week 11: Psychiatric, bariatric and mechanical cardiorespiratory support Online class (10 hr) LO3
Week 12 Week 12: Environmental injuries Online class (10 hr) LO3
Week 13 Week 13: Communication Online class (10 hr) LO3

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: There are 3 x webinars which will be conducted throughout the semester. Although these are unmarked, attendance is compulsory. Dates will be made available via the Canvas site.
  • Required materials: The following equipment is required in order to take the final exam: a desktop computer or laptop (not tablet), a webcam and microphone, an internet connection speed of at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload speed and a browser with pop-up blocker disabled (Chrome is recommended).

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

  • Nutbeam, T., & Boylan, M. (2013). ABC of prehospital emergency medicine. Hoboken: Wiley.
  • Low, A., & Hulme, J. (2015). ABC of transfer and retrieval medicine. Chichester, West Sussex; John Wiley & Sons Inc. 
  • Martin, T., & Rodenberg, H. (2006). Aeromedical transportation : a clinical guide (Second edition.). Boca Raton, Fla: CRC Press.
  • Ellis, D., & Hooper, M. (2010). Cases in pre-hospital and retrieval medicine. Chatswood, N.S.W: Churchill
    Livingstone/Elsevier Australia.
  • Holleran, R. (2010). ASTNA patient transport: principles and practice (4th ed.). St. Louis, Mo: Mosby.

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. analyse and critique appropriate pre-hospital trauma care
  • LO2. analyse and critique critical care issues specific to different transport modes
  • LO3. analyse and critique issues regarding special groups that are increasingly encountered in retrieval medicine
  • LO4. understand equipment and monitoring in retrieval medicine.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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