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PMC2201 Multi Trauma

Semester 2, 2022 Ipswich On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Anita Westwood


Pre-requisite: BIO1206 and PMC1000
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: PMC2000
OR (from 2023)
Pre-requisite: BIO1206 and PMC1110 and PMC1000
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: PMC2000


PMC2201 Multi-trauma is designed to apply and extend knowledge acquired in relation to anatomy, physiology and pharmacology program content. The capacity to apply this knowledge relative to the presentation of traumatic, environmental and envenomation related injury is an essential aspect of paramedic practice.

PMC2201 Multi Trauma provides students with comprehensive coverage of the epidemiological, pathophysiological, clinical presentation and best practice management of specific traumatic, environmental and envenomation related injuries. Content also addresses multiple casualty incidents (MCIs) and emphasises the importance of critical decision making.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should 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 multi-trauma situations and environmental emergencies;
  4. Examine the skills required to manage individuals who experience traumatic and/or environmental conditions in the clinical 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

Marx, J. A., Hockberger, R. S., Walls, R. M,. (2017). Rosen's Emergency Medicine Concepts & Clinical Practice 9th Ed, Vol. 1. Mosby/Elsevier.
Queensland Government. (2015). Queensland Ambulance Service Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 20 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Case Study No 40 1,2,3,4,5,6
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 1,2,3,4,5,6
Date printed 30 June 2022