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.

Principles of Pre-Hospital Management MED5581

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will compare different pre-hospital care systems and will impart knowledge on assessing and managing the seriously injured patient prior to arrival at hospital


A variety of teaching methods will be scheduled during the week including lectures, tutorials, seminars and simulated clinical scenarios.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Summative assessment will be carried out using 2 methods: 

1. Written assignment: The student will write a 2500-3000 word essay reviewing the evidence based principles of pre-hospital trauma care (80%). 

2. Oral presentation (20%)

3. Forum posts on case-based discussions (10%)

Course Aims

To compare and contrast different pre-hospital care systems and equip the student with knowledge of modern patient management out of hospital.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of pre-hospital systems of care 

1. Evaluate a range of equipment available for managing seriously injured patient's safety and demonstrate its application.

1. Undertake a critical evaluation of how clinical data underpins decision making in the prehospital field.

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.