School of Medicine

Anaesthesiology - MBChB - Emergency Care course

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All medical students have the potential to encounter a client who requires emergency care. In semesters one and two, third year MBChB students from The University of Auckland are trained in the elementary skills of emergency care. The skills and knowledge gained on this course will lay the foundation for further study conducted during the years four to six.

Course programme

The Emergency Care course is a skill-based course designed to prepare medical students with the necessary skills to recognise potentially life threatening problems and to provide basic resuscitation. These skills are developed further in various specialties such as emergency medicine, anaesthesiology and surgery in years four to six. The Emergency Care course is a pre-requisite to attend the Advanced Life Support course delivered in year six.

These courses are held at the Simulation Centre for Patient Safety, Ground Floor, Building 721, Tamaki Innovation Campus, corner of Morrin & Merton Road, St Johns


The course covers elementary assessment and intervention skills within the context of an emergency situation. The skill teaching stations will develop basic resuscitation skills.

The skills taught on this course include:

Module One

1. Basic Life Support

  • emergency care systems
  • adult single and two operator CPR
  • paediatric single and two operator CPR
  • automated external defibrillator (AED) use
  • management of foreign body airway obstruction

2. Airway Management:

  • airway opening manoeuvres
  • suction and oropharyngeal airways
  • use of bag-valve-mask device

Module Two

1. Advanced Resuscitation:

  • Adult/Child: two-operator CPR incorporating use of bag-valve-mask resuscitator, oxygen equipment and AED and case simulations

Module Three

1. Intravenous (IV) cannulation

  • cannulation skills and IV equipment
  • venepuncture and blood collection equipment


A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course valid for two years.