Prehospital Anaesthesia and Transport Medicine (MPH210)
This course aims to introduce the students to the challenges and specific features of prehospital anaesthesia. Anaesthesia trained personnel should after this course have deeper knowledge about specifics of prehospital anaesthesia to safely provide this in prehospital critical care. Non-anaesthesia trained personnel should after this course be able to safely assist in the provision of prehospital anaesthesia and contribute to safe anaesthesia practice. Also, this course aims to provide the student with a theoretical framework for the acquisition of a range of clinical skills relevant to the transport of critically ill or injured patients leading towards competence in managing transports in prehospital critical care.
This proficiency will be based on the comprehension of the latest scientific evidence and the current best practice in specific areas of critical emergency medicine. Moreover, the ability to apply high quality assessment and treatment to these patients and the ability to analyse, discuss and reflect upon current guidelines, standard operating procedures and knowledge within this field of practice, both on an individual and a system level.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
Physical and physiologic influence of different types of transport modes
Monitoring during transport
Safety in transport medicine
Organisational and economical aspects of transport medicine
Parmacodynamics and -kinetics of pharmacological substances used to provide prehospital anaesthesia
Principles of safe anaesthesia practice
Monitoring during anaesthesia
Anticipation and management of complications and challenges in prehospital anaesthesia
A candidate who has completed this course should have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:
Can critically appraise needs and challenges, indications and contraindications for transport in individual cases of patients that require transport outside the hospital
Can discuss different transport modes, their influence on the patient and the individual needs for monitoring during transport
Can evaluate indications and challenges of prehospital anaesthesia and anaesthesia management
Can assess the effect of relevant anaesthetic agents used in prehospital critical care with emphasis on pharmacological effect, pharmacokinetics and -dynamics, physiological effect in the critically ill in extreme environments
Can devise a plan for the transport of a critically ill or injured patient, which takes into consideration hazards and threats to safe conduct of patient transport, and medical, technical, organisational and logistical factors and challenges
Can demonstrate the ability to work effectively in an inter-professional provider team
Can demonstrate the ability to plan and safely provide or support the provision of prehospital anaesthesia in critically ill or injured patients outside the hospital, depending on pre-course level of anaesthesia training
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 demonstrate the ability to plan and execute safe transport of critically ill or injured patients with allocation of roles and responsibilities for members of the transport team depending on their training and competence
Can provide safe anaesthesia practice according to national standards and guidelines with emphasis on good patient safety
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment
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 teaching will be organised in modules. 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.
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.