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. 

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HFB1112

Prerequisites

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.  

Assessment

Knowledge, skills and values developed in this unit will be assessed through skills assessment, simulated patient scenario assessment, workbook and SDL (minimum of 12hrs). 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 (laboratory-based/SDL) Pass/Fail
Other Pre-placement medical and physical Pass/Fail
Practical sessions have a hurdle requirement of at least 80% attendance and placements have a hurdle requirement of 100% attendance. The practical sessions enables students to acquire the essentials skills and knowledge expected in paramedic practice. Throughout the duration of the course our industry providers may require students to engage with clinical placement at any time and not undertake other university commitments at this time.

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