Medical Emergencies 1

    Unit code: HFB2002 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Online Real Time
    St Albans
    HBM1202 - Anatomy and Physiology 2; and
    HFB1002 - Introduction to Pharmacology; and
    HFB1213 - Paramedic Clinical Practice 2
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit will allow students to apply, integrate and further develop their theoretical knowledge gained from earlier units. This unit will introduce students to pathophysiology and related pharmacology of cardiac and respiratory conditions. 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.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Evaluate the pathophysiological concepts, processes, progression and complications associated with a range of complex medical aetiologies, to inform person-centred care;
    2. Articulate knowledge of and describe the appropriate assessment and management of patients presenting with a range of complex medical aetiologies;
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanism of action and prescribe safe and appropriate pharmacological agents, related to the management of selected medical conditions;
    4. Articulate critical thinking and clinical reasoning related to evidence-based practice in the assessment, planning and implementation of patient management; and
    5. Engage in self-reflection and evaluate patient management appropriately.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 10%
    Group Assessment: Part 1 – Diagnosis (500 words)
    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 20%
    Group Assessment: Part 2 - Research Paper (1400 words)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 30%
    Scenario based MCQ and SAQ Assessment x 2 (15% each) (60 mins each)
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 40%
    Individual Case Study Analysis x 2 (2000 words)

    Required reading

    RECOMMENDED TEXTS: McCance, K.L., Huether, S.E., Brashers, V.L., & Rote, N.S. (2018) Pathophysiology: The biologic basis for disease in adults and children 8th ed. St Lois MO: Mosby Cameron, P., Little, M., Biswadev, M. & Deasy, C. (2019). Textbook of emergency medicine. 5th edition. Elsevier. Bryant, B. Knights, K., Darroch, S., & Rowland, A. (2018) Pharmacology for health professionals 5th ed. Elsevier Cohn, E. G. (2012) Flip and See ECG 4th ed. St Louis: Elsevier Wesley, K. (2016). Huszar's Basic Dysrhythmias and Acute Coronary Syndromes. 6th edition. Elsevier. Curtis, K., Ramsden, C., Shaban, R., Fry, M. & Considine, J. (2019). Emergency and trauma care for nurses and paramedics. 3rd edition. Elsevier.

    As part of a course

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