CLS300 Advanced Cardiology and Paramedic Practice (8)


This subject aims to extend the students' knowledge and clinical skills required for the care of the patient experiencing acute health emergencies focusing on cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies. Students will need to integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to implement management plans for the patient with cardiovascular and respiratory disease or ventilation-perfusion failure

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CLS300
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

Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) and Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Practice) students only
BMS317 or BMS292 or FPS202

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and explain the characteristics and consequences of acute cardiovascular emergencies
  • be able to describe and explain the pathophysiology of cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies
  • be able to explain and justify (support with research) the current management and guidelines of cardiovasular emergencies
  • be able to interpret a variety of basic / intermediate / advanced ECG tracings
  • be able to perform advanced clinical protocols and procedures
  • be able to explain and justify clinical decisions in cardiovasular emergencies (or in advanced protocols and procedures)
  • be able to use a problem solving approach to identify and integrate the findings from a variety of clinical scenarios


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Pathophysiology of cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies
  • The management of cardiovascular, respiratory and medical emergencies at an advanced skill level according to Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines
  • Patient assessment, history taking and data collection across the lifespan
  • ECG monitoring, analysis and arrhythmia interpretation
  • The 12-lead ECG and thrombolytic therapy within the context of the patient presenting with signs and symptoms of myocardial ischaemia or injury
  • Indications, methods of care and complications related to cardiac pacing and implanted defibrillation devices
  • Clinical decision making related to the termination of resuscitative efforts for a patient in cardiac arrest
  • Airway management and protection, ventilation and oxygen delivery systems
  • Use of advanced ventilation-perfusion diagnostic technology (including pulse oximetry, end-tidal CO2 detection, CPAP, and peak expiratory flow testing) and interpretation of test results


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.