Torso Trauma

10 Units

The Torso Trauma course will discuss contemporary management of thoracic, abdominal and pelvic injuries. The emphasis will be on prompt diagnosis and surgical treatment.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of management of the vast variety of torso injuries and combinations of these
  2. Identify an approach to diagnosis and treatment which will allow a smooth transition of trauma patients from the resuscitation bay to the radiology department to the operative theatre
  3. Identify and analyse guidelines, controversies and evidence based strategies related to torso trauma management
  4. Demonstrate awareness of a more holistic and contemporary approach to the torso trauma patient

The course will be organised for one semester of 13 weeks with 1 major topic and subsequent quiz every 3 weeks as follows:

Week 1-3

Thoracic trauma

  • The spectrum of blunt trauma (chest wall contusion…flail chest with traumatic lung injury)
  • Clinical significance of rib fractures and their management
  • Chest tubes (indications, procedure, daily management, complications)
  • Penetrating chest trauma (thoracic outlet, thoraco-abdominal, lateral, cardiac box)
  • Operative indications and approach
  • Emergency (resuscitative) thoracotomy
  • Indications for surgery and approaches


Week 4-6

Abdominal trauma

  • Mechanisms of injury, changing patterns of epidemiology and presentations
  • Blunt and penetrating trauma diagnostics and decision making
  • Non-operative management of abdominal injuries
  • Trauma laparotomy, damage control laparotomy
  • Specific organ injury management: liver, spleen, kidney
  • Specific organ injury management: duodenum, pancreas, biliary tree
  • Specific organ injury management: small, large bowel, ano-rectal trauma
  • Specific organ injury management: ureter, bladder, urethra
  • The specifics of abdominal trauma in children


Week 7-9

Vascular trauma

  • Mechanism, patho-morphology, diagnostics
  • Indications for surgery (hard vascular signs), approaches
  • Interventional/endovascular techniques and their indications
  • Penetrating neck injuries
  • Blunt cerebro-vascular injury
  • Blunt aortic injury
  • Extremity vascular injuries


Week 10-12

Pelvic trauma

  • Epidemiology, classification, diagnostics, significance
  • Pelvic ring injuries with haemodynamic instability
  • Definitive management of pelvic fractures
  • Acetabulum fractures


Assumed Knowledge Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Pathophysiology
Assessment Items
  • Quiz: On-line quiz
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case studies
  • Written Assignment: Written assignment

Contact Hours


Online Activity

Online 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for TRAU6003
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