Prehospital Emergency Medical Care (MPH120)
This course aims to give the students knowledge of state-of-the-art prehospital 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 prehospital 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 prehospital 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.
A one-day mandatory web seminar on scientific writing including plagiarism is held between the two modules of the course.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
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- The organization of EMS and the challenges of delivering high-quality emergency care in the resource- limited prehospital environment
- Identification of the time-critical non-traumatic emergency patient
- Pathophysiology, clinical presentation, current research and pre-hospital critical care options in selected emergency situation
- The specific patient related topics covered will include:
- Respiratory emergencies
- Cardiocirculatory emergencies
- Neurologic emergencies
- Specific medical emergencies or sub-groups of patients
- Inter-professional teamwork and team resource management in prehospital patient management
- Critical decision making in prehospital 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 prehospital patient management and patient flow
- Introduction to scientific writing including plagiarism
A candidate who has completed this course should have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:
- Can discuss and reflect upon the latest scientific evidence and current best practice in key areas of prehospital 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.
- Knows the basics of scientific writing, including referencing, structure and plagiarism
- Can demonstrate competence in searching and identifying scientific papers; and in scientific reading and interpretation of the data obtained from databases
- Can identify and explain different study types
- Can demonstrate the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
- Can appraise different strategies of high-quality patient management, both on an individual provider level and on a systemic level
- 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 systemic 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
Required prerequisite knowledge
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|Home exam||1/1||2 Weeks||Letter grades|
The assessment in the course is a 14-day home exam.
- All students must select a scientific paper reporting on a study within prehospital emergency medical care, critically read the selected paper and prepare a brief oral presentation.
- 80% class attendance. If more than 50% attendance is achieved the student may, if the faculty finds the basis sufficient, be given an individual evaluation.
- The mandatory web seminar on scientific writing incl. plagiarism requires 100% attendance which is not included in the overall 80% class attendance. If the student fails to attend, a comprehensive text on scientific writing incl. plagiarism must be submitted and approved before the course exam can be taken.
- The module will be completed with a written assignment addressing a scientific and logistic approach to a medical topic and PHCC.
All of the coursework reqirements must be approved before a candidate can attend examinations in this course.
Course coordinator:Wolfgang George Cornelius Voelckel
Course teacher:Daniel Adrian Lungu
Study Program Director:Per Kristian Hyldmo
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