CLS201 Introduction to Medical Emergencies (8)


This subject  will develop the students knowledge and skills required to care for patients experiencing a medical emergency. The students will be required to integrate pathophysiogical principles and assessment findings to implement appropriate basic treatment and management plans for the medical patient. The subject will also encourage professional interaction and communication between different health care providers along with developing the students report writing skills

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CLS201
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

Available only to students enrolled in Associate Degree/ Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) or Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) courses
CLS104 or CLS101

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to list the signs and symptoms associated with medical conditions encountered in paramedic practice
  • demonstrate the ability to treat patients experiencing a medical emergency using basic and intermediate interventions
  • demonstrate the proper procedure for handling, preparing and administering basic medications used in paramedic practice
  • be able to conduct a comprehensive patient assessment using appropriate medical equipment and diagnostic tests to formulate a differential diagnosis for a patient experiencing a medical emergency
  • adopt a professional approach to working with other health care providers utilising appropriate oral and written communication


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • respiratory emergencies (15%)
  • cardiovascular emergencies (15%)
  • neurological emergencies (10%)
  • diabetic/endocrine emergencies (10%)
  • allergies/anaphylaxis/poisons/toxicology (10%)
  • abdominal emergencies GI/GU/renal (10%)
  • infectious diseases (10%)
  • environmental emergencies heat/cold/drowning (5%)
  • psychiatric/behaviour/addiction emergencies (10%)
  • special population bariatric/eating disorders (5%)


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.