PAED5504 Transport Medicine

Credit
6 points
Offering

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021King Edward Memorial Hospital and Princess Margaret HospitalFace to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
This is primarily a practical, hands-on unit, where the student is expected to become proficient in the overall care of preterm and/or sick newborns on retrieval from all parts of Western Australia. Students are also expected to participate in logistical and planning components of the transport service. Students (1) develop knowledge of the role of transport in neonatal/perinatal medicine; and (2) are provided with the practical skills required to undertake and organise a neonatal transport.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe the history and development of neonatal transport; (2) understand basic and applied neonatal physiology for ground and air transport; (3) describe the role of the transport team; (4) develop advanced skills for independent management of neonates being retrieved from remote locations with limited resources; (5) develop specific skills for management of difficult problems on transport (such as extreme prematurity, surgical emergencies, etc.); (6) display good communication skills with referring staff, parents of neonates being retrieved and the different transport services within Western Australia (WA) (RFDS, St John Ambulance); and (7) develop an understanding of the unique nature of transport services in WA with respect to logistical hurdles.
Assessment
This comprises a logbook of transports/ reflective diary (50 per cent); performance of a simulation (20 per cent); direct observation of conduct on transport-related activities [both senior nursing and medical staff affiliated with Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) contribute to the assessment of the student] (20 per cent); and day-to-day conduct of the student within the transport service and Neonatology Clinical Care Unit (NCCU) generally (10 per cent).

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit rules
Approved quota: 3—places will go preferentially to Senior Registrars and Fellows based at King Edward Memorial Hospital; if there are more than three interested students, we will then allocate places based on proximity to completion of their advanced training program (places going preferentially to those closest to completion).
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