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CRIT5016: Major Trauma Management

Major Trauma Management course: Injuries are a major health care issue in Australia. Recent data shows that injuries accounted for: • over 527,000 hospitalisations • over 13,400 deaths – injury is the leading cause of death for people aged 1–44 • 8.4% of the burden of disease in Australia • 7.6% ($8.9 billion) of health expenditure in Australia.¬ Critical care practitioners assess and manage trauma patients in both the initial stabilisation phase in emergency and during their stay in hospital. CRIT 5016 is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in the basic concepts of trauma resuscitation and management. It addresses numerous key aspects including trauma systems and epidemiology. Course material covers the identification and management of injuries specific to each organ system and gives an overview of how to treat any trauma patient holistically. Trauma is a diverse and complicated speciality. Improving your knowledge and expertise in trauma at Sydney University has 3 distinct pathways: 1. For a full year of engagement with trauma, enrol in two 6 credit point units of study CRIT 5016 for semester 1 and CRIT 5019 for semester 2. Over the year you will develop your trauma skills from pre-hospital and basic emergency resuscitation to learning key principles of surgical, intensive care, forensics, and ward-based trauma management. Successful completion of this will lead you to graduate with a Sydney Professional Certificate in Trauma 2. If you are a current Masters of Surgery or Masters of Critical Care student, you can also enrol in both courses CRIT 5016 for semester 1 and CRIT 5019 for semester 2 as part of the Masters. 3. If you wish to learn the basics of trauma resuscitation and an overview of the emergency response to a trauma patient then you can enrol in major trauma management CRIT 5016 as a non degree unit of study. 4. If you already have a handle on trauma basics and you want to explore trauma from different angles and different perspectives enrol in CRIT 5019 Advanced Trauma Management for semester 2. This course builds on the trauma basics outlined in CRIT5016 and looks in details at specific issues that arise in the trauma patent after the resuscitation.

Code CRIT5016
Academic unit Critical Care
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. Understand trauma as a disease
  • LO2. Assess and manage the effects of trauma on various acute case presentations
  • LO3. Identify and discuss management of trauma patients after the initial resuscitation
  • LO4. Apply skills to manage trauma in special circumstances and special populations
  • LO5. Demonstrate effective teamwork including communication, role delegation and effective handover.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.