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PMC2110 Paramedicine Principles 1

Semester 3, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022

Requisites

Pre-requisite: PMC1105 and PMC1000

Overview

Two of the most common medical conditions experienced by individuals are cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Disorders associated with these two systems have a major impact on the morbidity and mortality of patients and as such a Paramedic is required to have strong foundation knowledge and skills to manage these patients safely and effectively. This course aims to provide further knowledge for students to gain an understanding of the impact of cardiac and respiratory dysfunction on other body systems and individuals as a whole.

Cardiovascular and respiratory conditions are the most common medical emergencies managed by paramedics. This course will focus on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and therapeutic management of patients with cardiovascular and respiratory conditions and emergencies. This course will also develop the students' ability to source acquire and critically appraise evidence and apply findings those findings to paramedic practice.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Apply anatomical, physiological, pathological epidemiology concepts associated with the cardiovascular and respiratory systems to develop a knowledge understanding of relevant conditions and emergencies paramedics manage;
  2. Examine epidemiological and demographic factors associated with the cardiovascular and respiratory diseases in line with relevant paramedics emergencies;
  3. Apply clinical reasoning in relation to managing cardiovascular and respiratory conditions and emergencies;
  4. Examine evidenced-based approaches to the management of cardiovascular and respiratory conditions and emergencies;
  5. Apply appropriate communication techniques and skills in relation to managing individuals with cardiovascular and respiratory conditions in the clinical environment;
  6. Examine the purpose of health promotion and primary health care in preventing cardiac and respiratory disease.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Cardiovascular diseases and associated conditions:
• Hypertension
• Lipid disorders
• Vascular disease
Heart failure
20.00
2. Thromboembolism
Acute Coronary Syndrome
5.00
3. Dysrhythmias 5.00
4. Pericardial/myocardial disease 10.00
5. Cardiac arrest 10.00
6. Respiratory diseases and associated conditions:
• Asthma
• COPD
• Infections
Haemoptysis
20.00
7. Pleural disease
Pneumothorax
10.00
8. Other / Special conditions:
Cystic fibrosis
10.00
9. Environmental and occupational respiratory diseases 10.00
Date printed 30 June 2022