Treat abdominal and thoracic cavities

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver SIFMWK015A, 'Treat abdominal and thoracic cavities'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria




Prepare to treat abdominal and thoracic cavities.


Identify and prepare mortuary area and appropriate mortuary instruments and equipment according to workplace policies and procedures, relevant legislation and infection control practices.


Prepare and use personal protective equipment according to workplace policies and procedures, and relevant legislation.


Identify organs of the body requiring cavity treatment.


Determine appropriate cavity treatment and volume of fluid, allowing for individual case characteristics.


Remove invasive and non-invasive medical paraphernalia as required.


Treat abdominal and thoracic cavities.


Massage deceased person's face, head and neck to aid removal of discolouration.


Determine trocar entry point for aspiration, make incision and insert trocar into deceased person's abdomen using approved surgical techniques.


Aspirate upper body and thoracic areas.


Remove trocar and clean according to workplace policies and procedures and infection control practices.


Reinsert trocar into the deceased person's abdomen and aspirate lower body and abdominal organs.


Inject correct volume of cavity fluid into aspirated regions.


Remove trocar and close entry point.


Evaluate effectiveness of aspiration and perform re-aspiration and re-injection if required.


Identify and manage hazards, complications and problems according to workplace policies and procedures.


Complete documentation and clean up.


Complete case analysis report according to workplace policies and procedures.


Clean, disinfect or sterilise instruments and equipment according to workplace policies and procedures, and relevant legislation.


Dispose of waste materials according to workplace policies and procedures, and relevant legislation.


Store instruments and equipment according to workplace policies and procedures and report faults.


Clean and disinfect mortuary area according to workplace policies and procedures, and relevant legislation.

Qualifications and Skillsets

SIFMWK015A appears in the following qualifications:

  • SIF40208 - Certificate IV in Embalming