Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Community Emergency Health and Paramedics
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Damien Dambrosi


The unit addresses the paramedic management of patients with critical care conditions
at the Advanced Life Support level. It will also introduce students to specialty situations, including extended care due to entrapment or environmental barriers, medical retrieval and inter-hospital transfers. The unit will include clinical skills laboratory and simulation scenarios to develop essential communication, assessment clinical problem solving, decision-making and management skills.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and interpret the evidence-base supporting the paramedic management of critical care specialty conditions.
  2. Describe the epidemiology, natural history and pathology related to selected critical care specialty conditions.
  3. Describe the clinical highlights of the selected critical care specialty conditions commonly encountered by paramedics.
  4. Demonstrate the required standard in each of the core practical skills expected at the basic and advanced life support level relating to the assessment and care of patients with selected critical care specialty conditions.
  5. Explain the pharmacology of drugs commonly used in the management of selected critical care specialty conditions.
  6. Use a model of paramedic clinical competence to demonstrate the integration of theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in order to assess and manage patients with selected critical care specialty conditions in 'real time' work simulation using clinical problem solving and clinical decision making, patient safety, communication and teamwork skills.
  7. Explain the range of potential behaviour of patients, their carers and bystanders in situations of critical care specialty events.
  8. Demonstrate the required skills to facilitate care of patients in situations where access or egress problems mandate extended care in the environment in which the injury or illness occurred.
  9. Outline the structure of medical retrieval systems in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region and demonstrate the required clinical skills to participate in medical retrieval and/or inter-hospital transfers.


Portfolio (60%)
Examination (2 hours) (40%)
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (Pass / Fail)

The examination and OSCE must be be passed (Hurdle) to successfully complete this unit.

Workload requirements

6 hours per week involving lectures, tutorials, simulation, clinical laboratory and small group exercises.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Must have passed BEH3011 OR must have passed one of BEH2012 or BEH2022.


Must be enrolled in course 3445.