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HLTH6173 Fundamental Science in Major Trauma

Module Overview

This module is designed to enable you to understand the impact of improved clinical scientific knowledge of trauma-altered physiology and its resultant aggressive management. It will enable you to build a platform of clinical scientific data and understanding for working clinical environments where major trauma care is provided. This module of learning will also focus on altered physiology in major trauma and how trauma is affected by variables such as age, co-morbidity and mechanism of injury. This module will run 7 November - 16 November 2017. All teaching will take place at Southampton General Hospital.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module will enable you to: 1. Critically evaluate current knowledge and understanding of the key clinical scientific principles which underpin optimal trauma care 2. With reference to life science, identify and critically evaluate the contribution of historical scientific landmarks in the development of trauma care, 3. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of altered physiology (including infection) in trauma and its aggressive management 4. Critically review the evidence on physiological and psychological responses to trauma and how this is affected by variables such as age, co-morbidity and the mechanism of injury

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate current knowledge and understanding of the key clinical scientific principles which underpin optimal trauma care
  • With reference to life science, identify and critically evaluate the contribution of historical scientific landmarks in the development of trauma care
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of altered physiology (including infection) in trauma and its aggressive management
  • Critically review the evidence on physiological and psychological responses to trauma and how this is affected by variables such as age, co-morbidity and the mechanism of injury

Syllabus

• Context of the scientific understanding in the development of care trauma outcomes • Key applied anatomy and physiology • Pathophysiology in trauma across the lifespan • Human physiological response to stress and injury • The psychological impact major trauma • Inflammation and sepsis • Neurological trauma • Trauma and co-morbidity • Acute coagulopathy of trauma and haemostatic resuscitations • Fluid resuscitation in trauma • Acute resuscitation • Metabolism and nutrition in trauma • Tissue healing and regeneration

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will enable you to advance your understanding and application of relevant underpinning life science in trauma by focusing on trauma scenarios, be they in clinical practice, simulation or filmed events. You will study the underpinning life sciences in-depth and with coaching and facilitation will explore in relation to practice vignettes, patient assessment, interpretation of data, diagnostic and clinical reasoning, and alternative options for intervention and therapy.

TypeHours
Revision88.5
Lecture25
Completion of assessment task1.5
Follow-up work20
Tutorial5
Wider reading or practice10
Preparation for scheduled sessions100
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Bailitz J (2011). Emergent management of trauma. 

Online journals. • The Journal of Trauma • The Journal of Trauma Practice • Trauma Quarterly • Journal of Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Acute Care • The Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies

Websites.

Skinner DV (2013). ABC of major trauma, Skinner DV and Driscoll PA (Eds).. 

Smith J (2011). Oxford desk reference: major trauma, Smith J, Greaves I, Porter KM (Eds).. 

Websites.

Bhangu AA (2010). Emergencies in trauma. Bhangu AA, Lee C and Porter K (Eds). 

Websites.

Assessment

Formative

Exam

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (1.5 hours) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (1.5 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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