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 Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Bathurst 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

Grading System



One session


School 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.


This 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


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.