This unit of competency describes the knowledge and skills required to conduct clinical assessment and deliver basic clinical care in a pre-hospital/out-of-hospital environment.

This unit applies to pre-hospital/out-of-hospital health care workers. The worker provides basic life support and prioritises clinical care of a patient in accordance with established clinical practice guidelines.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - performed the activities outlined in the performance criteria of this unit during a period of at least eighty (80) hours under clinical supervision in the workplace; - performed a clinical assessment and implemented basic care in an pre-hospital/out-of-hospital context on three (3) different patients for an illness or trauma impacting health status including: - performing primary survey; - performing secondary survey - systematic head to toe physical body examination including vital signs and level of consciousness; - planning and implementing basic clinical care based on assessment and time-criticality; - monitoring patient; - safely delivering patient to receiving facility or service, and; - performed basic life support on an adult, child and infant simulation manikin according to established clinical guidelines and protocols.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: Assessment and interpretation of vital signs including: - level of consciousness, covering for example, Glasgow Coma Score (GCS), alert, voice, pain, unconscious (AVPU); - respiratory status assessment - for example, rate, rhythm, effort and breath sounds; - temperature status - for example, febrile or afebrile or hypothermic; - blood volume and perfusion status assessment- for example pulse, blood pressure, capillary refill and skin; - basic anatomy and physiology in recognising body systems; - basic life support, including procedures and equipment used as specified within established clinical guidelines and protocols; - chief complaints when attending pre-hospital/out-of-hospital situations including trauma and medical disorders and possible actions to alleviate complaints; - clinical practice guidelines and protocols; - how to accurately obtain and document patient medical history including pre-existing conditions, allergies, social and emotional wellbeing, and current medication or treatment plans to provide to receiving health facility workers; - national and State/Territory legal and ethical considerations for emergency health care workers relevant to pre-hospital/out-of-hospital care, and how these are applied in organisations including: - children in the workplace; - continuing professional education; - discrimination; - duty of care; - human rights; - informed consent; - mandatory reporting; - practitioner/client boundaries; - privacy, confidentiality and disclosure; - specific Commonwealth legislation and State/Territory legislation or regulation for health care workers; - organisational administrative and patient care policies and procedures; - primary survey and secondary survey; - receiving facility requirements or how to access these requirements, and; - recognise the patterns of illness and injury relevant to the delivery of basic clinical patient care;

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