Medical Emergencies 3

    Unit code: HFB2004 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Online Real Time
    St Albans
    HFB2002 - Medical Emergencies 1; and
    HFB2003 - Medical Emergencies 2
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    In this unit students will apply, integrate and further develop their theoretical knowledge by exploring person-centred care of patients and examining acute and chronic disorders. Specific areas of focus will include pharmacology and pathophysiology of haematological, renal, gastrointestinal, oncological, endocrinological and communicable conditions. Students will also have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of cardiology. Evidence-based assessment and management of these patients will be explored within the paramedic context. 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. Review and apply the appropriate assessment and management of patients presenting with a range of complex medical aetiologies;
    3. Apply and further develop foundational knowledge relevant to selected medical conditions, integrating the pathophysiological processes, progression and complications to enhance understanding of the associated paramedic care;
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanism of action and safe and appropriate use of pharmacological agents, related to the management of selected medical conditions; and
    5. Articulate critical thinking and clinical reasoning related to evidence-based practice in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient management in acute and chronic presentations.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 5%
    Part 1:Group Assessment: Proposal and Contract Complex medical aetiology (500 words)
    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 35%
    Part 2:Group Assessment: Podcast/vodcast (15minutes)
    Assessment type: Journal
    Grade: 40%
    Online Written Discussion Forum- (1500 words)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Scenario based MCQ Assessment (1 hour)

    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. Curtis, K., Ramsden, C., Shaban, R., Fry, M. & Considine, J. (2019). Emergency and trauma care for nurses and paramedics. 3rd edition. Elsevier. Bryant, B. Knights, K., Darroch, S., & Rowland, A. (2018) Pharmacology for health professionals 5th ed. Elsevier Wesley, K. (2016). Huszar's Basic Dysrhythmias and Acute Coronary Syndromes. 6th edition. Elsevier.

    As part of a course

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