This capstone unit allows the student the opportunity to apply, integrate, consolidate and extend their knowledge and skills gained from earlier years, in relation to complex yet commonly experienced patient conditions including obstetric and paediatric emergencies and conditions that have a complex cardiogenic component.  This unit will further student knowledge and understanding of cardiology (3, 5 and 12 lead ECG interpretation) and care of issues arising from cardiac ischaemia and arrhythmias. The unit will focus on pre-hospital through to hospital procedures including pharmacotherapies with respect to cardiac ischaemia and arrhythmiasadvanced airway management, allergies and anaphylaxis. The pathophysiology, clinical pharmacology, assessment and management using current practices relating to the above topics will be explored.

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HFB2223 - Clinical Practice 4

HFB2232 - Paramedic Clinical Science 2 (Trauma)

HFB2234 - Evidence Based Practice

HFB2233 - Paramedic Clinical Science 3 (Medical Emergencies 2)

For HBPX: prerequisites are HFB2223 For HBPD: prerequisite are HFB2232 and HFB2234,HFB2233 and HFB2223


HFB3135 - Paramedic Clinical Science 5 (Special Populations)

HFB3130 - Paramedic Clinical Science 4 (Mental Health and Mental Illness)

For HBPD: co-requisite is HFB3135 and HFB3130

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate and demonstrate the process of assessment and management of the obstetric and paediatric patient.  
  2. Articulate and demonstrate the process of assessment and management of a patient with an acute cardiac, respiratory and anaphylaxis presentations;  
  3. Substantiate and establish techniques for 3, 4, 5 and 12 lead electrocardiographic monitoring, arguing advantages and disadvantages of each;  
  4. Analyse and interpret ECG's including the aetiology, clinical significance and the pre-hospital management of condition identified;  
  5. Articulate and demonstrate understanding of advanced management of cardiac emergencies;  
  6. Articulate and exhibit understanding of advanced airway and respiratory/ventilation management.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test 1: MCQ/short answer (30 minutes duration) 15%
Test Test 2: week 12 - MCQ and Written responses (60 minutes duration) 35%
Examination Scenario Exam - practical 50%
Practicum Clinical logbook and completed placements 0%
To obtain a pass or higher in this graded unit, all components of assessment must be attempted/submitted and an aggregate mark of 50% must be attained. Additional hurdle requirements include satisfactory completion of 20 minute scenario exam, 80 hours of placements (clinical or equivalent), 80% attendance of clinical practice laboratories and submission of a satisfactorily completed clinical logbook. The practical sessions enables students to acquire the essentials skills and knowledge expected in graduate paramedic practice and to meet accreditation requirements. Ambulance Victoria requires students to engage with clinical placement and not undertake other university commitments at this time.

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