This course aims to give the students knowledge of state-of-the-art pre hospital management of the patients of different ages with non-traumatic medical emergencies. Moreover, the course aims to make students acquainted with scientific literature and interpretation of research data relevant to pre-hospital critical care. Finally, the course should stimulate students to challenge established concepts and to develop research and quality management projects relevant to their work in EMS.
Proficiency in pre-hospital critical care will be based on the comprehension of the physiologic and pathophysiologic background as well as of current scientific evidence and, subsequently best clinical practice in specific areas of emergency medicine.
Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.
Semester tution start
Number of semesters
Language of instruction
Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences
A candidate who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
Can critically appraise strategies for appropriate management of non-traumatic medical emergencies typically seen in pre-hospital emergency care.
Can discuss and reflect upon the latest scientific evidence and current best practice in key areas of pre-hospital critical emergency medicine with focus on the application and the implementation in emergency medical services (EMS).
Can analyse different EMS systems from the individual provider level to the systemic level and the interaction with cooperating agencies and hospital systems.
Can demonstrate competence in patient management according to the current best practice, when responding to a patient with a non-traumatic medical emergency.
Can demonstrate the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team.
Can appraise different strategies of high-quality patient management, both on the individual provider level and on the system level.
Can display the ability to plan, execute, analyse and reflect upon the management of patients with critical non-traumatic medical emergency according to current medical evidence and current best practice.
Can demonstrate the ability to critically review new knowledge and scientific literature, and discuss its implication on current practice, both on the individual provider- and system level
The organization of EMS and the challenges of delivering high-quality emergency care in the resource- limited pre-hospital environment in contrast to at the hospital
Identification of the time-critical non-traumatic emergency patient
Pathophysiology, pharmacology and current research related to pre-hospital critical emergency medicine
Current evidence, guidelines and best practice for advanced pre-hospital treatment and management of the critically ill non-trauma patient of different age groups. The specific patient related topics covered will include:
Specific medical emergencies or sub-groups of patients
Inter-professional teamwork and team resource management in pre-hospital patient management
Critical decision making in pre-hospital critical emergency medicine
Strategies for self- evaluation in the treatment of the critically ill patient
Strategies for analyzing and evaluating the standard of treatment provided for the critically ill patient by the participants own EMS
Organization of pre-hospital patient management and patient flow
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment
A - F
Home exam. Duration: 2 weeks
A note presenting a tentative research Project, with oral presentation., 80% class attendance, Brief oral presentation of a selected scientific paper
All students must select a scientific paper reporting on a study within pre-hospital emergency medical care, critically read the selected paper and prepare a brief oral presentation.
The students must complete a note of max. 500 words presenting a tentative research project with a suggested research method and prepare an oral presentation.
80% class attendance. If more than 50% attendance is achieved the student may apply for individual evaluation. The student may, if the faculty finds the basis sufficient, be given an extended written assignment.
All of the coursework reqirements must be approved before a candidate can attend examinations in this course.
Wolfgang George Cornelius Voelckel
Study Program Director:
Per Kristian Hyldmo
Method of work
The teaching will be organised in modules. Units may be organized off-campus and involve travel to other locations than Stavanger. The teaching and learning style is interactive and reflective, using presentations and dialogue/ discussions, simulation and group work drawing on both the expert teachers and the experience of the student. Reading of relevant textbook chapters and scientific papers between the units is required.