This unit will build on the principles of pharmacology covered in Principles of Drug Actions for Health Professionals whilst complementing and linking the theory delivered in Paramedic Clinical Science 1 as it introduces the student to practical components of cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological and endocrine emergencies and their prehospital emergency management.

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HBM1202 - Anatomy and Physiology 2

HHB1204 - Australian Health and Social Care Systems and Policy

HFB1207 - Principles of Drug Actions for Health Professionals

HFB1213 - Paramedic Clinical Practice 2

HFB2121 - Paramedic Clinical Science 1 (Medical Emergencies 1)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate and demonstrate the appropriate pre-hospital assessment and management of patients presenting with selected cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological endocrine environmental disorders and conditions;  
  2. Apply the correct administration, usage and analysis of a variety of cardiac monitoring devices;  
  3. Analyse, demonstrate and justify the administration of various pharmacological agents related to the management of cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological endocrine environmental disorders and conditions;  
  4. Use reflective strategies to identify opportunities for improvement in clinical reasoning and patient management.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Clinical scenario examination Pass/Fail
Test Two (2) tests (40 minutes duration each) Pass/Fail
Other Clinical workbook Pass/Fail
Practicum Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 80 hours of placement (clinical or equivalent) and completed logbook constitute a pass grade. Pass/Fail
Practicum Clinical skills assessment Pass/Fail
To obtain a pass in this ungraded unit, all components of assessment must be attempted and passed. Hurdle requirements for this unit are as follows: 1. Practical workshops require at least 80% attendance and clinical placement sessions require 100% attendance (80 hours), 2. Achieving a minimum score of 50% in each of the 2 tests, 3. Passing the clinical skills assessment and clinical scenario examination, 4. Submitting a completed clinical workbook and logbook. 5. 100% attendance of clinical placement (minimum of 80 hours) and submit a completed clinical placement logbook. The practical sessions enable students to acquire the essentials skills and knowledge expected in paramedic practice. Ambulance Victoria requires students to engage with clinical placement and not undertake other university commitments at this time.

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