Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Certificate


Suitable for: SHOs in all surgical specialties, emergency medicine doctors

This new three-day course provides a practical hands-on overview for clinicians seeking to adapt their skills for managing patients in pre-hospital environments e.g. mass gathering medicine, ambulance activity and mountain rescue.

The programme is delivered by consultants specialising in pre-hospital emergency medicine (PHEM) and retrieval medicine. Each day has a distinct theme and begins with an introductory lecture followed by a series of practical and interactive workshops developing on the theme.

This course is run over three days: 

  • Day 1: 14 January 2022
  • Day 2: 25 February 2022
  • Day 3: 21 April 2022

Design and delivery



Learning objectives

Pre-Hospital Medical Emergencies 

The aim of this session is to provide an overall structured approach to pre-hospital medical emergencies. Using case-based scenarios based on symptoms rather than diagnosis, core pre-hospital skills and key knowledge concepts are covered including the collapsed patient, cardiac arrest management, chest pain, shortness of breath, anaphylaxis and the seizing patient.

  • Practice a structured approach to pre-hospital medical emergencies

  • Practice the core skills for basic airway management and cardiac arrest management in a pre-hospital environment

  • Review and practice algorithms in managing key emergency medicine presentations

Pre-Hospital Trauma Management

Management of major trauma is often challenging given the complexity of injuries involved, lack of familiar environment and other limited resources. This session focuses on an applying the principles of the primary survey assessment in the pre-hospital setting through case-based scenarios and workshops. Specific topics covered will include head trauma, spinal injury and immobilisation techniques, and musculoskeletal trauma.

  • Review and apply an adapted primary survey assessment for a prehospital setting

  • Practice core skills for cervical spine immobilisation, emergency thoracentesis and an approach to thoracotomy, application of pelvic binders, and splinting techniques

  • Understand the implications of reconfiguration of major trauma management in Ireland

Obstetric and Paediatric Prehospital EM, and Major Incident Management

This session allows you to enhance your skills in the initial management of the critically unwell or severely injured child. You will revise the principles and skills for the early management and stabilisation of children with life-threatening emergencies in a prehospital setting, as well as the additional challenges of managing a simulated obstetric patient in a pre-hospital setting. The afternoon focus shifts to prehospital considerations in approaching and managing a major incident, including a system to manage multi-casualty incidents, pre-event planning, triage, establishing command  and control, radio procedure as well as patient transport considerations.

  • Practice key prehospital skills in managing the sick child

  • Review and practice prehospital care for the obstetric patient

  • Understand and practice core concepts in approaching major incident management