This unit allows the student the opportunity to apply, integrate, consolidate and extend their theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained from earlier years, in relation to complex yet commonly experienced patient conditions. This unit will further student knowledge and understanding of respiratory and airway conditions, obstetric, newborn, paediatric emergencies, advanced cardiology and ECGs. The unit will focus on pre-hospital through to hospital procedures and management including pathophysiology and pharmacotherapies with respect to advanced cardiac and airway management.

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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)

HFB3135 - Paramedic Clinical Science 5 (Special Populations)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exemplify clinical reasoning, assessment and management of advanced airway and respiratory/ventilation, Obstetric newborn and paediatric patient and Patients presenting with advanced cardiac emergencies; and  
  2. Analyse and interpret advanced ECG's including the aetiology, clinical significance and pre-hospital management.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test 1: Short answer questions (40mins) 10%
Test Test 2: Short answer questions (40mins) 10%
Case Study Case study (1000 words) 30%
Practicum Scenario practicum - clinical interview(30mins) 50%
A range of strategies will be utilised including flipped online practical classes complemented with self-directed learning and scenario practice. Practical classes will provide extensive learning opportunities to develop, integrate and consolidate theoretical knowledge and clinical skills. This unit may incorporate clinical placements where students will be exposed to a variety of patient conditions. Where clinical placements occur, students will be supported by experienced qualified staff and are required to communicate effectively and collaborate with peers, staff, and most importantly, the patients. The first 2 Assessment tasks use short answer questions to formatively (tests 1 and 2) and The third assessment will be a case study assessment. As this is a practical unit, the primary assessment is a scenario exam - clinical interview, the passing of which is a hurdle. In this assessment, the student will verbally assess and manage a simulated patient. The student will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the simulated patient's pathophysiology, and provide good clinical rationale for safe and effective management used within an industry based standard timeframe.

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