This unit will build on content covered in anatomy, physiology and principles of pharmacology covered earlier in the course. This theoretical unit will introduce students to medical conditions and related pharmacology and pathophysiology of sepsis, cardiac, neurological, respiratory, endocrine emergencies. Assessment and management of these patients will be explored within the paramedic context.

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HBM1202 - Anatomy and Physiology 2

HFB1207 - Principles of Drug Actions for Health Professionals

HFB1213 - Paramedic Clinical Practice 2

HBM1202 and HFB1207 not applicable for HLT51015 - Diploma of Paramedical Science students.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate knowledge of and describe the appropriate pre-hospital assessment and management of patients presenting with selected respiratory and cardiovascular disorders;  
  2. Articulate knowledge of and describe the appropriate pre-hospital assessment and management of patients presenting with selected endocrine, neurological, microbiological disorders;  
  3. Justify the use of and discuss the mechanism of action and correct administration of the various pharmacological agents related to the management of selected medical conditions; and  
  4. Demonstrate reflective and analytical strategies to identify opportunities for improvement in clinical reasoning and patient management.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test (30 minutes) 15%
Assignment Group Assignment (1500 words) 35%
Examination Theory Exam (3 hours) (3000 words equivalent) Hurdle requirement 50%
To obtain a passing grade or higher in this graded unit, students must achieve a mark of 50% or greater in the written exam, and achieve an overall accumulative mark of at least 50%. The theory exam encompasses critical knowledge essential for safe paramedic practice and to meet industry expectations of graduate paramedic students. Hence it is a requirement that students pass this piece of assessment in line with accreditation requirements.

Required reading

Pathophysiology: The biologic basis for disease in adults and children 8th ed.
McCance, K.L., Huether, S.E., Brashers, V.L., & Rote, N.S. (2018)
St Lois MO: Mosby

Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine 4th ed.
Cameron, P., Jelinek., G., Kelly, A., Murray, L. and Heyworth, J. (2014)
Sydney: Churchill Livingstone.

Pharmacology for health professionals 5th ed.
Bryant, B. Knights, K., Darroch, S., & Rowland, A. (2018)

RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Cohn, E. G. (2012) Flip and See ECG 4th ed. St Louis: Elsevier

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