Paramedic Clinical Science 2 (Trauma)

Unit code: HFB2232 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
St Albans
HFB2117 - Clinical Practice 3 (applicable for HBPD students ONLY)
HFB2121 - Paramedic Clinical Science 1 (Medical Emergencies 1) (applicable for HBPD students ONLY)
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This theoretical unit will introduce students to assessment and management of the trauma patient in the pre-hospital and hospital setting. Trauma systems in Australia and mechanism of injury will be examined. Specific areas of focus will include the medical and pharmacological treatment of haemorrhage, shock and burns, soft tissue, head and facial, spinal, thoracic, abdominal, musculoskeletal trauma. Toxicological and environmental emergencies will also be discussed. This unit will focus on pre-hospital assessment and management of these patients, through to hospital procedures and includes pathophysiology and 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. Students are encouraged to participate in effective written and verbal communication and critical, self-reflection throughout the unit, to allow for continued student development.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply the pathophysiology of trauma cases to the clinical and pharmacological management of patients;
  2. Articulate knowledge of the pathophysiology of patients presenting with pain of traumas, haemorrhage and shock, soft tissue, burns, head and facial, spinal, thoracic, abdominal and musculoskeletal trauma;
  3. Articulate the mechanism of action and the correct management of the various and suitable non-pharmacological and pharmacological agents and medicines related to trauma;
  4. Discuss the management for various toxicological emergencies and environmental traumas;
  5. Appraise and recommend trauma scales used in the pre-hospital setting; and
  6. Demonstrate the effective use of interpersonal skills, reflective and, analytical strategies in clinical reasoning and patient management


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
MCQ Assessment
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
Scenario-based MCQ Assessment (60 min each)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 35%
Group Assessment: Trauma Aetiology Poster and Report (1500 words)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 40%
Individual Case Study Analysis (60 min each)

Required reading

Pathophysiology: The biologic basis for disease in adults and children
McCance, K.L., Huether, S.E., Brashers, V.L., & Rote, N.S. (2018)| St Lois MO: Mosby
Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine
Cameron, P., Jelinek., G., Kelly, A., Murray, L. and Heyworth, J. (2014)| Sydney: Churchill Livingstone
Pharmacology for health professionals.
Bryant, B., Knights, K., Darroch, S., & Rowland, A. (2018)| Elsevier
Emergency and trauma care for nurses and paramedics
Curtis, K., Ramsden, C., Shaban, R., Fry, M. & Considine, J. (2019)| Elsevier

As part of a course

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