This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to conduct clinical assessments and deliver standard patient care in the pre-hospital and out-of-hospital environment.This unit applies to out-of-hospital health care workers. The worker assists in advanced life support, prioritises clinical care, implements time-critical health care procedures and therapies, and monitors patients based on patient needs and in accordance with established clinical practice guidelines and protocols.
Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes & performance criteria requirements, incl 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 160 hours work, under clinical supervision in the workplace
* performed a clinical assessment and implemented standard care in an out-of-hospital context on at least five different patient presentations for an illness or trauma impacting health status including:
* primary survey
* secondary survey
* planning and implementing patient management based on assessment, time-criticality and available resources
* monitoring patient
* transferring care using a systematic approach to handover
* responded in different operational conditions or circumstances to implement the following standard clinical care interventions according to established clinical guidelines and protocols:
* airway management for a patient
* cardiac monitoring through limb leads only
* cardiac rhythm evaluation as shockable or non-shockable
* manual defibrillation on a simulation manikin according to established clinical guidelines and protocols
* administering and responding to the effects of pharmacological therapy to treat and manage patient’s illness or condition
* performed basic life support and be able to assist in advanced life support on an adult, child and infant simulation manikin according to established clinical guidelines and protocols.
The qualified trainer and assessor will advise students of class notes, reading materials produced by VU Polytechnic and further support via VU Polytechnic e-learning system and/or in person.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):