PAR5420 - Intensive care management of cardiac conditions - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice


Bart Cresswell

Ross Salathiel

Unit guides


Notting Hill

  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • First semester 2017 (Online)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Online)


This unit introduces students to an advanced level of knowledge, understanding and skill related to the intensive care management of patients with chest pain.

Specific topics include: cardiac anatomy and physiology, ischaemic heart disease, cardiovascular pathology, the systematic interpretation of electrocardiographic rhythms and related waveforms, and specific pharmacotherapies used in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction.

Students must be actively engaged in appropriate clinical practice, clinical placements or clinical simulation to achieve the outcomes of this unit.

It is expected that students will gain an advanced authority to practice after demonstrating the requisite clinical knowledge, skills and training of this unit as per the local statutory guidelines after completing an internship at the end of their course.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to;

  1. Explain the epidemiology of cardiac disease
  2. Systematically Interpret common ECGs and relate waveform morphology to the underlying structure and function of the heart;
  3. Formulate appropriate pharmacotherapeutic regimes using the relevant drugs available for the intensive care management of cardiac conditions;
  4. Implement knowledge, skills and evidence based practice to professionally manage a cardiac emergency as an intensive care paramedic;
  5. Assess the benefits of pre-hospital advanced cardiac life support and the related role of the intensive care paramedic;
  6. Evaluate how community emergency health practitioners might relate to and coordinate with coronary care units in the management of patients with emergency cardiac conditions.


  • Concept map (5%)
  • ECG workbook (15%)
  • Literature review (2,000 words) (30%)
  • Final exam (MCQs, SAQs and case studies) (3 hours) (50%) (Hurdle)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students will be expected to complete at least 6 hours of internet learning or and a minimum of 6 hours of private study and self-directed learning per week. If completed on-campus sessions, students will be expected to attend the equivalent of 6 hours of lectures, seminars and tutorials per week and complete a minimum of 6 hours of self-directed learning.

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

Paramedic practice

Emergency health and paramedic practice



Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: 3876, 3877, 3878, M6015