This unit will introduce students to the fundamental skills and concepts that will form the basis of their paramedic clinical practice. Specific areas of focus will include basic life support, resuscitation of the cardiac arrest patient, vital signs, secondary survey, patient time criticality, principles of splinting and wound management, patient documentation, with specific reference to the Victorian Ambulance Clinical Information System (VACIS), Occupational Health and Safety, manual handling and infection control.

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HBM1001 - Anatomy and Physiology 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exhibit the process of history taking, including documentation;  
  2. Describe and demonstrate the principles of safe management of a patient, including splinting and wound management;  
  3. Describe and demonstrate methods of patient and scene assessment;  
  4. Satisfactorily perform resuscitation of a real or simulated cardiac arrest;  
  5. Describe and demonstrate the principles of safe manual handling of patients and equipment.  


Knowledge, skills and values developed in this unit will be assessed through skills assessment, simulated patient scenario assessment, workbook and SDL. To obtain a pass in this ungraded unit, all components of assessment must be attempted and passed.
Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Skills Assessment Pass/Fail
Other Simulated patient scenario assessment Pass/Fail
Other Workbook Pass/Fail
Practicum Self-directed learning Pass/Fail
Practical sessions have a hurdle requirement of at least 80% attendance. The practical sessions enable students to acquire the essentials skills and knowledge expected in paramedic practice. SDL does not require mandatory attendance however, observation of satisfactory skill performance in accordance with the HBPD skills matrix for First Year Semester 1 level is required. Observations of satisfactory performance are to be recorded by staff in VU Collaborate, and can be observed during timetabled lab attendance or in the supervised SDL lab.

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