Advanced Critical Care in Trauma MED5585

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will critically appraise a variety of critical care techniques and equipment utilised to optimise the care of the seriously injured patient in the resuscitation room, theatre and the intensive care unit.


A variety of teaching methods will be scheduled including lectures, tutorials and ward rounds.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Summative assessment will be carried out using 3 methods: 

1. Written assignment: The student will write a 2500-3000 word essay (70%). 

2. Oral presentation related to multi-organ failure causality (10%) 

3. Produce a portfolio of 4 cases with associated critically appraised relevant literature review (20%)

Course Aims

The course aims to equip the students with up to date, state of the art knowledge of common secondary effects of injury and how to minimise their impact. Students will be able to identify and critically appraise interventions available for the critically injured.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues which are at the forefront of causality of secondary injury to key organs. 

1. Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge in relation to role of critical care techniques in modifying outcomes in serious injury. 

1. Be able to critically evaluate the evolution and impact of early critical care in modifying patient outcomes.

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.