This unit (HFB2121) will allow students to apply, integrate and further develop their theoretical knowledge. This unit will introduce students to the pathophysiology and related pharmacology of cardiac, neurological, respiratory and endocrine emergencies. Evidence-based assessment and management of these patients will be explored within the paramedic context, including the safe use of pharmacotherapies. Students will apply their knowledge as professionally and culturally safe clinicians underpinned by the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

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HBM1202 - Anatomy and Physiology 2

HFB1207 - Principles of Drug Actions for Health Professionals

HFB1213 - Paramedic Clinical Practice 2

HBM1202 and HFB1207 not applicable for HLT51015 - Diploma of Paramedical Science students.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate knowledge of pathophysiological concepts, processes, and progression and complications of; and describe the appropriate pre-hospital assessment and management of patients presenting with selected respiratory, cardiovascular disorders, endocrine, neurological and microbiological disorders;  
  2. Justify the use of and discuss the mechanism of action and correct administration of the various pharmacological agents related to the management of selected medical conditions; and  
  3. Demonstrate reflective and analytical strategies to identify opportunities for improvement in clinical reasoning and patient management.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Group Assessment: Part 1 – Diagnosis (500 words) 10%
Case Study Group Assessment: Part 2 - Research Paper (1500 words) 30%
Test MCQ and SAQ Assessment x 2 (10% each) (60 mins each) 20%
Case Study Individual Case Study Analysis x 2 (15% each) (2000 words) 40%
To obtain a passing grade or higher in this graded unit, students must achieve an average mark of 50% or greater in the Tests and Case Studies. These tests and case studies examine knowledge essential for safe paramedic practice, including safe use of medicines.

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