This unit (HFB2223) 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.

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HFB2117 - Clinical Practice 3 and

HFB2232 - Paramedic Clinical Science 2 (Trauma)

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.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Clinical Workbook Pass/Fail
Practicum OSCE - Skills (30mins) Pass/Fail
Practicum Self-directed learning Pass/Fail
Practicum OSCE - Scenario (30mins) Pass/Fail
Knowledge, skills and values developed in this unit will be assessed through a knowledge test, skills Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), SDL and a scenario OSCE. Throughout SDL the observation of satisfactory skill performance in accordance with the HBPD skills matrix, is required. To obtain a Pass grade of higher, all components of assessment must be attempted passed. This ensures students can demonstrate evidence of safe practice, including medication management. Additionally, laboratory (clinical practical) classes require mandatory attendance of at least 80% attendance, except under extenuating circumstances. This is due to the unit containing a significant competency component, enabling students to acquire and demonstrate essential skills to meet threshold graduate capabilities for a paramedic graduate (VU Standards for Assessment Procedure (HE) Policy clause 25, 26, 29).

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