Paramedic Clinical Science 1 (Medical Emergencies 1)

    Unit code: HFB2121 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Online Real Time
    St Albans
    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.
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit 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.

    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.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 10%
    Group Assessment: Part 1 – Diagnosis (500 words)
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 30%
    Group Assessment: Part 2 - Research Paper (1500 words)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    MCQ and SAQ Assessment x 2 (10% each) (60 mins each)
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 40%
    Individual Case Study Analysis x 2 (15% each) (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. 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 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.

    As part of a course

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