This unit is the culminating experience in clinical practice of the student's paramedic program and provides students with the opportunity to apply and integrate their knowledge and skills gained from earlier years.  The unit will extend the student's knowledge and skill set by the amalgamation of advanced life support skills with extended care practices in the community-based emergency health environment. There will be a focus on the intersection of hospital and pre-hospital care, and integration of health practices. It will also consolidate student's clinical practice at the expected level of graduate entry practice. 
Specific areas of interest will include improved clinical reasoning and critical decision making, awareness of and working with scopes of practice beyond the expected level of graduate entry practice (both in jurisdiction and depth), awareness of patient treatment and management after handover to other health professionals (with an emphasis on understanding of diagnostic tests and procedures the patient is likely to encounter).

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HFB3234

Prerequisites

HFB3134 - Paramedic Clinical Practice 5

HFB3135 - Paramedic Clinical Science 5 (Special Populations)

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

For HBPX: prerequisites are HFB3134, HFB3202 (replaced HFB3132), HFB3130 For HBPD: prerequisite is HFB3134, HFB3135

Co-requisites

HFB3226 - Major Incidents

HFB3202 - Paramedic Health and Wellbeing

For HBPD: co-requisite is HFB3226, HFB3202

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate through active participation in a variety of clinical settings, including inter-professional environments, an understanding of the integration of health care practices in order to provide extended patient care;  
  2. Critically use reflective strategies to identify opportunities for improvement in clinical reasoning, patient management and interprofessional collaboration;  
  3. Report on the extended practice roles of the paramedic both nationally and internationally;  
  4. Articulate and demonstrate an understanding of the current scope of paramedic clinical care including ongoing care of the patient in the hospital/definitive care environment;  
  5. Articulate a basic understanding of advanced wound and fracture management beyond traditional scopes of paramedic practice, such as suturing and plastering;  
  6. Critically review and discuss the pathophysiology and then demonstrate the assessment, treatment and management of a range of related complex patient presentations.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test 1 (30 minutes duration) 15%
Assignment Written submission with presentation component 35%
Examination Scenario Exam (20 minutes) 50%
Practicum Placements and completed Logbook 0%
To obtain a pass or higher in this graded unit, all components of assessment must be submitted and an aggregate mark of 50% must be attained. Hurdle requirements include satisfactory completion of the 20 minute scenario exam and 60 hours of placement (clinical or equivalent) and completed logbook. Practical sessions require at least 80% attendance. The practical sessions and the scenario exam enable students to acquire and then demonstrate the essentials skills and knowledge expected in paramedic practice and in accordance with accreditation requirements. Ambulance Victoria requires students to engage with clinical placement and not undertake other university commitments at this time.

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