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
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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

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%)
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.