PHC402 Paramedic Intensive Care for Adults (16)


This subject builds on the experienced paramedic's knowledge of the assessment and management of critically ill or injured adult patients. The subject challenges the paramedic to explore the essentials of airway, respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological assessments using intensive care level skills coupled with advanced diagnostic tools. Using a case based approach, key treatment concepts are then applied while integrating knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology for critical patient presentations.

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Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to Post Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define adult intensive care in the prehospital context and demonstrate an understanding of critical thinking
  • be able to describe and explain the specific skills and competencies necessary for intensive care paramedic practice
  • be able to describe and explain the key fundamentals of intensive care including patient assessment, history taking, monitoring, airway management, mechanical ventilation, cardiac care and management of shock
  • be able to apply the principles of intensive care to key critical medical presentations including respiratory, cardiac, septic, and metabolic emergencies
  • be able to apply the principles of intensive care to key critical traumatic patient presentations including multisystem trauma, neurological injuries and toxicological emergencies
  • be able to demonstrate an expanded capacity for using both evidence based practice and professional reflective practice in the field


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1 Introduction to Intensive Care and Essentials of Pharmacology
  • Module 2 Respiratory System
  • Module 3 Cardiovascular System
  • Module 4 Neurological System
  • Module 5 Respiratory Case Study
  • Module 6 Cardiac Case Study
  • Module 7 Neurological Case Study
  • Module 8 Metabolic Case Study
  • Module 9 Multisystem Trauma Case Study
  • Module 10 Sepsis Case Study
  • Module 11 Toxicology Case Study
  • Module 12 Transport Considerations


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.