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PAR212 Assessment task 2: Report
This task requires the development of a report (2500 words ± 10%) that investigates the role that paramedics play in improving patient outcomes (including survival rates and reduction of disability) in specific areas of trauma management.
The intended audience are paramedics in Australia and New Zealand, and the report should be in a format that could be submitted for publication in a paramedic journal, for example the Journal of Paramedic Practice.
Although therapeutic hypothermia has been studied in the setting of traumatic brain injury, accidental hypothermia in the setting of major trauma is associated with significant risks. This report requires an analysis of the incidence of accidental hypothermia in major trauma and the consequences of unrecognised or unmanaged hypothermia in relation to death and disability.
You are asked to write a report that analyses the evidence of harm in cases of accidental hypothermia. This must include a detailed description of the pathophysiology of this condition. The report must examine the evidence of hypothermia in major trauma in the paramedic practice setting, and describe interventions that can prevent further heat loss of restore normal core temperature. This should include an analysis of the strengths, limitations and risks associated with the interventions that are included in your report. Recommendations for practice must be included in
These topics will require a literature search through a database such as PubMed, which is available through the USC Library. If you cannot find data on the selected topic this may indicate that your search strategy was limited or did not include reliable search terms. If you think that you need help in constructing the search strategy please contact the library for assistance.
Writing the report
The following structure is recommended:
Introduction (approximately 500 words).
This section “sets the scene” for the reader. You should clearly describe the topic you are investigating and inform the reader why this is an important area of study, and briefly explain how you are going to report on the topic.
Methods (approximately 250 words).
Describe the methods used to search for evidence and the inclusion/exclusion criteria used. You should list the search terms and databases used to conduct the search.
Results (approximately 250 words). This section lists the evidence that addresses your research topic. You will need to analyse the evidence and describe strengths and weaknesses. For example, were there weaknesses in the study design? How may the results apply to paramedic practice in Australia?
Discussion (approximately 1250 words).
What are the implications for paramedic practice? Is there a need for further research due to gaps in the existing evidence? Are the findings reflected in current paramedic practice guidelines? What recommendations could you make regarding current or future paramedic practice?
Conclusion (approximately 250 words).
This final section summarises the report, but does not include any new information. There should be sufficient information in the conclusion for the reader to understand the focus of your study and the outcomes of your investigation of the evidence.