INTRODUCTION TO PARAMEDIC PRACTICE

PAR3IPP

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students learn techniques and processes essential to patient assessment, and are introduced to history taking and decision making techniques. This subject also introduces the student to the principles of basic life support, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, basic airway management and initial care of a patient in actual life threat. Safe workplace practices, including manual handling, are also covered. The subject will also facilitate the integration of communication skills into practice.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Furness

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites HBS1HBA and HBS1HBB and PAR1FPP

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsClinical practice guidelines for ambulance and MICA paramedicsPrescribedAmbulance Victoria 2014BLUE STAR PRINT, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA.
ReadingsParamedic Principles and Practice ANZ: A Clinical Reasoning ApproachRecommendedJohnson, M., Boyd, L., Grantham, H., Eastwood, K. (2015)ELSEVIER, Victoria.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Judge a variety of paramedic situations presented to you, and prepare yourself and your equipment in readiness for paramedic response.

Activities:
written exam, case simulations, discussion groups

02. Individually and as part of a team, communicate and synthesize available information in order to approach an incident in a manner that provides effective management of both scene and patient

Activities:
written exam, case simulation

03. Individually and as part of a team, employ effective situational analysis and judgement to perform accurate and meaningful communication for effective and safe patient management in a simulated environment.

Activities:
individual practical examination and case simulation

04. Determine using evidence based practice methods the physiological status of a simulated patient through use of standard assessment techniques

Activities:
written exam, individual practical examination and case simulation

05. Individually and as part of a team, and using a combination of creative problem solving, critical analysis and professional judgement, provide appropriate basic life support management of simulated patients

Activities:
written exam, individual practical examination and case simulation

06. Individually and as part of a team, and following problem solving and critical thinking processes, perform effective and safe lifting, manoeuvring and infection control techniques in a variety of simulated clinical situations

Activities:
written exam, individual practical examination and case simulation

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Furness

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"2 x groups of 20 students (a.m. and p.m. class)"

Placement - Off Site Week: 10 - 22
Two 10.0 hours placement - off site per study period from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"two observation shifts with Ambulance Victoria during the semester"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1-hour written exam (1,000 word equivalent)50 01, 02, 04, 05, 06
30-min individual prac exam & basic life support case sim (1,500-word equivalent)hurdle requirement35 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Online responses to key questions (1000-word)weeks 2,4,6,8, 10 and 1215 01, 02, 03, 04, 05