APS401 Prehospital Pharmacology (8)


In this subject students will investigate the pharmacokinetics and dynamics of drugs that are used in the pre-hospital environment. There will be particular emphasis on the theory and practise of pain management. Fluid, electrolyte and acid-base disturbances will be examined in order to develop a sound understanding of the management of patients presenting with these problems.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: APS401
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to apply an appropriate level of knowledge of pharmacology to the pre hospital care environment and articulate the use of such pharmacologies in the treatment of acute medical and health disorders;
- be able to demonstrate knowledge and a theoretical pre hospital care application of the selected pharmacologies that are contained in this subject;
- be able to relate the pharmacodymanics of specific pre hospital care pharmacologies to specific medical states and disorders.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Adrenergic and cholinergic pharmacology
Histamine and antihistamine drugs
Antipsychotic drugs
Anxiolytics, hypnotics and antidepressant drugs
Anticonvulsants and muscle relaxants
Narcotic analgesics and antagonists
Anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic drugs
Pharmacology of general and local anaesthesia
Digitalis, antiarrhythmic and antianginal drugs
Antihypertensive drugs
Anticoagulant, fibrinolytic and antiplatelet therapy
Diuretic drugs
Fluid, electrolyte and acid-base imbalances
Bronchodilators and drugs used in the treatment of asthma
Treatment of nausea and vomiting


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.