The aims of this module are to develop in depth knowledge and understanding of the assessment and management of patients presenting with major injury and major life threatening acute illness.
You will need to complete an induction prior to commencement of your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the University and your programme of study. Alternatively classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.
Having completed this module you may wish to bring these 20 credits into the PgC Practice Development: Emergency Care. Please discuss this opportunity with the module leader before completion of this module.
Principles of major trauma life support and acute life threatening events. Pathophysiology, assessment and management of major head injuries, facial injuries, spinal injuries, thoracic injuries, abdominal injuries and acute abdomen, burns, shock, major haemorrhage, acute medical emergencies, etc.
On successful completion of this module you will be able to:
- Critically appraise the range of approaches utilised in the assessment and triage of patients presenting with a major illness and a major traumatic injury
- Demonstrate mastery of the pathophysiological concepts associated with a major illness and a with a major injury
- Critically evaluate and synthesise the evidence base, clinical guidelines and policies which relate to the management of a patient suffering a major illness and those with a major injury
- Discriminate and differentiate between the range of patient groups who present with a major illness and major injury.
Indicative core bibliography
- Advanced Life Support Group (2010) Acute medical emergencies: the practical approach. 2nd edn. London: BMJ.
- Driscoll, P.A. and Skinner, D.B (2013) ABC of major trauma. 4th edn. London: BMJ Books.
- Caroline, N.L., Pollak, A.N. and Pilbery, R. (Ed) (2013) Emergency Care in the Streets. 7th Edn. Burlington: Jones and Bartlett.
- Edwards, M. and Griffiths, P. (2011) Emergency Nursing made Incredibly Easy. London: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.
- Hammond, B.B., Sheehy, S.B. and Zimmerman, P. (2012) Sheehy's manual of emergency care. St Louis: Mosby.
- Dolan, B. and Holt, L. (Ed) (2013) Accident and Emergency Theory into Practice. 3rd Edn. Oxford: Balliere Tindall.
- Mackway Jones, K., Marsden, J. and Windle, J. (Ed) (2014) Emergency Triage Manchester Triage Group. 3rd Edn. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.
- Smith, J., Greaves, I. and Porter, K.M. (Ed) (2011) Oxford Desk Reference Major Trauma. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Summative assessment: Students will participate in online thread discussion groups covering the subject material. Tasks will be targeted towards the final assessment and formative feedback will be provided.
Formative assessment: 3,500 word written assignment
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
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Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.
To be eligible to study this module on a stand-alone basis, students must be qualified health care professionals and must have experience of working in an acute emergency or acute care environment for at least 12 months prior to commencing the module.
Students must demonstrate the ability to study at this level and commit to attempting the assessment.
Students who successfully complete this module as a stand alone module will be eligible for a Certificate of Achievement.
When taken as part of a specific named award, the module content and assessment must be focussed towards the subject of that award.
Students must participate in the formative components of the module in order to successfully pass the module.
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