This unit will introduce students to pain assessment and management, fundamental pharmacology, basic ECG interpretation and analysis and an introduction to the Ambulance Victoria Clinical Practice Guidelines as a model of practice.
Students will be required to demonstrate medical and physical fitness capability to meet the professional industry requirements of clinical placement. Students will be required to demonstrate vaccination requirements to meet the professional industry requirements of clinical placement.

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HFB1112 - Paramedic Clinical Practice 1

HBM1202 - Anatomy and Physiology 2

HFB1207 - Principles of Drug Actions for Health Professionals

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate safe administration and evaluation of use and outcomes of select medications;  
  2. Describe and demonstrate competency in managing patients with medical and trauma emergencies;  
  3. Demonstrate and justify the criteria for shockable or non-shockable ECG rhythms;  
  4. Differentiate between adult and paediatric assessments; and  
  5. Reflect and discuss the concepts underpinning decision making, critical thinking and evidence based practice.  


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
Other Workbook Pass/Fail
Practicum Skills Assessment Pass/Fail
Practicum Simulated Patient Scenario Assessment Pass/Fail
Practicum self-directed Learning Pass/Fail
Normally, practical sessions have a hurdle requirement of at least 80% attendance and placement sessions have a hurdle requirement of 100% attendance. The practical sessions enable students to acquire the essentials skills and knowledge expected in paramedic practice. However, this lab attendance hurdle will be lifted during COVID-19 restrictions and replaced with observation of satisfactory skill performance in accordance with the HBPD skills matrix for First Year Semester 1 level. 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. The skills to be observed are: - AEIOUTIPS - Cardiac monitoring (12 lead) - ECG basic rhythm interpretation - IM injection - IV cannulation - Adult and paediatric cardiac arrest (including high performance CPR and manual defibrillation) - Paediatric values and assessment - Paediatric time critical guidelines - Therapeutic management of: - adult asthma and COPD - adult chest pain - adult hypoglycaemia - adult opioid overdose - adult and paediatric pain relief Where possible, students will be provided non-emergency clinical placement.

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