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 Trauma Resuscitation MED5582

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will provide students with basic knowledge of the principles of trauma resuscitation in the initial phases of care.


A variety of teaching methods will be scheduled during the week including lectures and seminars.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1. Multiple Choice Questions (70%)

2. Oral presentation (20%)

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

Course Aims

This course will enable the student to evaluate and apply current principles of trauma resuscitation in the clinical setting. They will develop an understanding of how to enhance their current systems of trauma delivery and introduce current evidence based practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Review of current principles of trauma care with underpinning knowledge and identifying technical skills required to deliver care.


2. Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge in relation to phases of trauma resuscitation, clinical roles and strategies to optimise care. 


3. Critically appraise the application of current trauma principles within the clinical setting.

4. Identify key priorities for development of their own current trauma system in line with current best practice.

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.