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APS505 Critical Care Skills (8)


This subject is designed to assist students in the Critical Care stream of the Graduate Diploma/Master of Paramedicine to make a successful transition to the role of an Intensive Care Paramedic, or equivalent. The subject will build on students' previous paramedic qualifications and experience to focus their clinical practice on the advanced critical care skills implemented by advanced paramedics. Students have an opportunity to integrate theory into practice under supervision in controlled environments, including high fidelity clinical simulation.

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Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details prior to contacting their course coordinator: APS505
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

Restricted to students enrolled in postgraduate paramedic study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to discuss and demonstrate situational awareness, scene safety, and the efficient management of resources on an emergency scene.
  • Be able to critically evaluate and implement advanced critical care management of trauma and medical presentations in a variety of settings.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with patients, care givers and other health professionals while working as a team.
  • Be able to implement problem solving and clinical decision making skills that allow them to identify, analyse and apply appropriate approaches to new problems.
  • Be able to perform advanced critical care paramedic skills.
  • Be able to critically analyse and apply debriefing and reflection in clinical practice.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Patient assessment and preparation for transport
  • Airway management
  • Ventilation
  • Circulation
  • Advanced monitoring
  • Point of care tests
  • Clinical leadership and reflective practice

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 5 day residential school. This subject includes a 5-day residential school where students will become familiar with advanced critical care equipment, skills associated with the critical care of patients and clinical practice guidelines. The purpose of the residential school is to demonstrate and practice clinical skills in a safe environment for the student, allowing them an opportunity to receive timely feedback and support from the hands on experience. APS505 is an advanced critical care skills subject that incorporates skills such as open clame shell thoracotomy, ultrasounds and pericardiocentesis and advanced patient assessment procedures.

Specialised Resources

Travel to and accommodation is required for distance education students attending the compulsory residential school at a CSU campus.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 13 April 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.