APS504 Advanced Trauma Care (8)

This subject develops a student's knowledge in the assessment and management of major trauma in the out of hospital setting. Students develop the knowledge and skills required to enable them to provide advanced critical care to trauma patients at the intensive care paramedic level. Trauma systems, mechanism of injury, trauma patient assessment, and specific traumatic injuries and their management are examined in detail.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: APS504. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in postgraduate paramedic study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to apply knowledge of the underlying pathophysiological processes, with reference to the relevant anatomy and physiology, to traumatic emergencies.
  • Be able to critically evaluate advanced paramedic medical treatments in traumatic emergencies using evidence based practices.
  • Be able to demonstrate safe, competent patient assessment and management of traumatic emergencies in accordance with paramedic guidelines.
  • Be able to apply a knowledge of pharmacology, including specific pharmacological considerations for acute traumatic emergencies as applicable to intensive care paramedics.
  • Be able to articulate the ongoing management of traumatic emergencies of patients in hospital acute care settings.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Hypovolemia
  • Head injuries
  • Thoracic injuries
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Burns
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Traumatic cardiac arrest

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of APS504 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assignment 1
Assignment 2
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.