Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Anaesthesia and Multi-trauma MED5549

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course covers the topic of trauma beginning with common mechanisms of injury and the pathophysiology of multi-organ failure in the patient with major trauma. The systematic approach to managing patients with life threatening injuries, potential complications and ongoing care in the theatre setting will be explored as well as a critical appraisal of the literature supporting practice.


A variety of teaching methods will be scheduled including recorded lectures, online live tutorials, webinars, and online interactive cases.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



1. Written assignment approx. 1000 words (70%)


2. Oral presentation (30%)

Course Aims

The course aims to equip the students with state-of-the-art knowledge related to trauma including causality, multi-organ failure in trauma, triage principles and management of this patient group. It also aims to enable students to assimilate this knowledge and have the confidence in applying it within their own professional setting.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Apply critical analysis and synthesis of evidence related to mechanisms of injury and how these lead to multi-organ failure and death

■ Critically evaluate, consolidate and extend knowledge in relation to the role of anaesthesia in managing patients who have sustained major trauma

■ Independently formulate ideas to advance the management of trauma in their local professional setting

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.