Paramedic Clinical Science 3 (Medical Emergencies 2)

    Unit code: HFB2233 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Online Real Time
    HFB1207 - Principles of Drug Actions for Health Professionals; and
    HFB2121 - Paramedic Clinical Science 1 (Medical Emergencies 1)
    HFB1207 not applicable for HLT51015 - Diploma of Paramedical Science students.
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit will discuss the pathophysiology and pre-hospital management of selected medical and other conditions. Students will be introduced to the pharmacology and pathophysiology of immunological, haematological, oncological, renal, gastrointestinal and endocrine emergencies and infectious and communicable diseases. Assessment and management of these patients will be explored within the paramedic context 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 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. 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 safe and appropriate use of pharmacological agents, related to the management of selected medical conditions; and
    4. 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 conditions.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 5%
    Group Assessment: Part 1 - Proposal and Contract (500 words)
    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 35%
    Group Assessment: Part 2 - Podcast/vodcast
    Assessment type: Journal
    Grade: 40%
    Online Written Discussion Forum (1500 words)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Scenario-based MCQ Assessment (60 mins)

    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: Elsevier
    Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine.
    Cameron, P., Jelinek., G., Kelly, A., Murray, L. and Heyworth, J. (2014).| Sydney: Churchill Livingstone.
    Emergency and trauma care for nurses and paramedics
    Curtis, K., Ramsden, C., Shaban, R., Fry, M. & Considine, J. (2019)| Elsevier
    Pharmacology for health professionals.
    Bryant, B., Knights, K., Darroch S., & Rowland, A. (2018).| Sydney

    As part of a course

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