Clinical Practice 4

    Unit code: HFB2223 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    St Albans
    HFB2232 - Paramedic Clinical Science 2 (Trauma); OR HFB2005 - Paramedic Management of Trauma; AND HFB2117 - Clinical Practice 3.
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit will allow students the opportunity to apply their skills as practically and culturally safe clinicians. Students will have the opportunity to build on and consolidate their theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained from previous units, in relation to commonly experienced and complex conditions. This unit will further student knowledge and understanding of topics such as the principles of time criticality, fluid resuscitation, haemorrhage control, shock, traumatic cardiac arrest, soft tissue injuries, burns and ballistics and crush/compartment syndrome, using contemporary and evidence-based best practice. The unit will focus on pre-hospital assessment and management of these patients, through to hospital procedures. This includes pathophysiology, the safe use of pharmacotherapies and incorporating relevant aspects of the National Safety and Quality Health Service standards. Students are encouraged to participate in effective written and verbal communication and critical, self-reflection throughout the unit, to allow for continued student development.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Identify and assess a range of patient conditions such as traumatic injuries, traumatic cardiac arrest, and other conditions in the context of paramedicine;
    2. Demonstrate competency in safely and appropriately managing a range of patient conditions, such as traumatic injuries, traumatic cardiac arrest, and other sub-acute and time critical conditions in the context of paramedicine;
    3. Demonstrate the practical application of appropriate pre-hospital management of patients with traumatic cardiac arrest, traumatic injuries and other emergency conditions;
    4. Reflect on strategies to identify opportunities for improvement in clinical reasoning and patient management.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Portfolio
    Grade: Pass/Fail
    Clinical Workbook
    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: Pass/Fail
    Self-directed learning with skills assessment
    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: Pass/Fail
    OSCE - Scenario (30mins)

    Required reading

    RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Suggested further readings will be made via VU Collaborate. Curtis, K., Ramsden, C., Shaban, R., Fry, M. & Considine, J. (2019). Emergency and trauma care for nurses and paramedics. 3rd edition. Elsevier. Cameron, P., Little, M., Biswadev, M. & Deasy, C. (2019). Textbook of adult emergency medicine. 5th edition. Elsevier.

    As part of a course

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