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 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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  • Physical and physiologic influence of different types of transport modes
  • Monitoring during transport
  • Safety in transport medicine
  • Special transports
  • 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

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this course should have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The candidate:

  • 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


The candidate:

  • 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

General Competence

The candidate:

  • 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 Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home exam 1/1 14 Days Letter grades

Coursework requirements

80% attendance
80% class attendance. If more than 50% attendance is achieved the student will be given an individual evaluation.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Kristin Tønsager

Study Program Director:

Per Kristian Hyldmo

Method of work

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.

Open for

Prehospital Critical Care (PHCC) Emergency Medical Care - Part-time (Master Degree Program) Prehospital Critical Care (PHCC) Emergency Medical Care - Full-time Master Degree Program

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union 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 subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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