MEDI 5004 Emergency and acute care

Credit Points 10

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Description This subject is designed to provide students with a systematic approach to assess common emergency presentations in children, including unwell infants, febrile children, and children with breathing difficulties. Students are guided by clinical experts in the provision of emergency care and appropriate referral pathways to maximise patient outcomes, minimise complications and avoid unnecessary hospital presentations. Students will learn to communicate effectively with parents enabling them to detect and manage common clinical situations and prevent adverse outcomes. In this subject, students learn to identify children at risk and appropriately intervene and advocate to ensure safety and protection of these children.

School Medicine

Discipline Paediatrics

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 3 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 5 subject

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. recognise and assess common emergency presentations utilising primary and secondary resources to support
  2. facilitate timely and appropriate investigations in an emergency setting
  3. initiate emergency management prior to escalation of care 
  4. advocate for appropriate access to services for children at-risk based on Australian and international requirements for ethical conduct and professional standards

Subject Content

  1. Paediatric Resuscitation 
  2. The Approach to the Unwell Infant
  3. Approach to the febrile infant
  4. Approach to the Febrile Child
  5. Approach to the Child with Breathing Difficulties
  6. Febrile Seizures
  7. The Fitting Child
  8. Approach to the Drowsy / Unconscious Child
  9. Approach to the Vomiting Child and Dehydration
  10. Acute Abdomen
  11. Intussusception and Bowel Obstruction
  12. Anaphylaxis Management
  13. Paediatric Trauma
  14. Burns
  15. Paediatric Endocrine Emergencies
  16. The Poisoned child (Toxicology)
  17. Recognising and Reporting Child Abuse
  18. Paediatric Pain Management
  19. Musculoskeletal Imaging
  20. Nuclear Medicine

Inherent Requirements

The inherent requirements for this subject will be the same as those for medicine programs

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ir/inherent_requirements/inherent_requirements_for_medicine_courses

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 60 minutes S/U Y Individual
Professional Task 15 minutes S/U Y Individual
Reflection 1000 words S/U Y Individual
Applied Project 2000 words S/U Y Individual

Teaching Periods

Autumn

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Quarter 3

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Quarter 4

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