ADVANCED PARAMEDIC MANAGEMENT

PAR5APM

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The advanced life support (ALS) clinical management of the ill and injured patient is the basis of this subject. Students will undertake the management of patients at an advanced level by utilising scenarios and case studies in a simulated learning environment (SLE) and will develop and employ advanced problem solving, decision-making and effective communication strategies. Students will be introduced to the multidisciplinary nature of the workplace through exposure to the roles and responsibilities of intensive care paramedics, advanced life support paramedics and other allied health professionals including nurses, doctors and nurse practitioners. Students will be introudced to the practices and equipment of the hospital emergency department (ED) as well as new and emerging trends in paramedicine.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRay Gleeson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PAR4PMA

Co-requisites PAR5CCM

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. The student will communicate with, and assess patients, both independently and as part of a team, utilising principles of effective communcation and advanced clinical decision-making: (i) construct, explain and apply principles of effective communication skills at an advanced level with an ill or injured simulated patient; (ii) expand upon, to an advanced level, previously gained paramedic skills and knowledge pertaining to an ill or injured patient; (iii) conduct a systematic advanced life support patient assessment which includes a thorough history; (iv) provide clinical rationales for all decisions made regarding assessment and treatment of the simulated patient.

Activities:
Simulated case studies and scenarios, whole of class case studies and role-play.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Communication (Communication)
Speaking (Speaking)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

02. Construct a treatment plan at an advanced level incorporating skills, pharmacology and technology that utilises established and emerging developments in paramedicine and within the emergency department. Select and apply a range of ALS treatments that include established and emerging developments in paramedicine and in-hospital management or ill or injured patients such as: (i) the management of acute cardiac syndrome (ASCS) - 12 lead ECG, thrombolytics, percutaneous intervention (PCI); (ii) diagnostic imaging - ultrasound, xray, CT, MRI; (iii) advanced airway procedures - endotracheal intubation (ETI), cricothyroidotomy; (iv) diagnostics tests - CBC, blood gases, fluids and electrolytes; (v) drug administration - infusion pumps, introsseous infusion (IO).

Activities:
Scenarios, skill stations, role-play.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Communication (Communication)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Monitor and reassess the patient at an advanced level: (i) describe and demonstrate the importance of a baseline set of assessment findings and trend recognition in the ill or injured patient; (ii) implement current paramedic and ED equipment to aid in the assessment, monitoring and treatment of patients presenting with clinically complex and critical conditions; (iii) identify changes in patient presentation in a timely manner and predict outcomes based on these changes; (iv) reassess the effectiveness of the patient management provided both individually and as part of a team, and effectively continue or alter advanced paramedic management as necessary.

Activities:
Simulated case studies and scenarious, whole of class case studies and role-play.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Communication (Communication)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)

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