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    Critical analysis of an issue in flight nursing or aero/paramedical care; a personal programme of study based in critical evaluation of the student’s own clinical role and working environment.

    This practical paper details the clinical and operational aspects of the transfer of critically ill patients by air.

    About this paper

    Paper title Clinical Analysis in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport
    Subject Aviation Medicine
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    AVMX 720
    Limited to
    MAvMed, MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc

    Healthcare professionals currently employed, or interesting in work, in a flight nursing or flight paramedic role.

    If you have not already done so, please contact the department for course advice before selecting your programme,

    Teaching staff

    Course Director Russell Clarke, Peter Fortes

    Paper Structure
    Core paper for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences endorsed in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport. Part of the Master of Health Sciences endorsed in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (MHealSc(AeroRT).
    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    It is taught yearly in the second semester.


    Patient Transport – Principles & Practise, fifth edition, Mosby, St. Louis.

    Editied by Renee’ Semonin Holleran, Allen C. Wolfe, Michael A, Frakes.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork, global perspective, scholarship, communication, self-motivation, teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of AVME720 will have:

    • Demonstrate how Crew Resource Management (CRM), human factors, and threat and error management may impact on safe aeromedical practice and patient care.
    • Describe and develop systems to identify and manage fatigue.
    • Identify potential clinical complications during aeromedical transportation and implement strategies into clinical care plans to reduce these clinical complications.
    • Describe special clinical conditions that can be adversely affected during aeromedical retrievals or transfers.
    • Apply the theoretical knowledge of aeromedical retrieval and transportation into independent clinical practice.


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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