This unit is concerned with the practice of health-care in extreme environments. It starts with generic considerations before moving on to examine the following extreme environments in detail: cold, high altitude, desert, maritime, underwater, aviation, and space. The challenges of working each environment are considered, followed by an examination of the physiological changes that occur, and finally the patho-physiology and clinical presentations encountered.
|Unit name||Medicine in Extreme Environments|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
|Coordinator||Mr Brenton Systermans|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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- International students
- Domestic students
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- describe the characteristics of an extreme environment from a social, psychological, and medical perspective and challenges associated with living in working in such environments;
- describe the processes of acclimatisation and adaptation to extreme environments, where this is physiologically feasible;
- describe common patho-physiological processes and clinical conditions associated with extreme environments;
- apply strategies for prevention of medical problems in extreme environments
- Provide emergency treatment of medical problems associated with extreme environments.
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|Assessment||Contribution to on-line discussion (20%)|Assignment 1 (30%)|Assignment 2 (50%)|
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