CLS400 Advanced Paramedic Medical Emergencies (8)

This subject aims to extend the students' knowledge and clinical skills required for the care of patients experiencing acute health emergencies, particularly cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies. Students will need to integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to implement advanced life support (ALS) care for the patient with medical emergencies, including the management of obstetric, neonatal and paediatric emergencies.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CLS400. 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).

Assumed Knowledge

APS401 Prehospital Pharmacology or equivalent

A practical understanding of medical maths and medication administration and experience with attaining and interpreting a basic ECG.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the pathophysiology of acute medical emergencies in neonates, children, and adults
  • be able to articulate the correlations between the recognition of signs and symptoms and the consequent clinical management;
  • be able to discuss and justify both the theoretical and practical management of selected medical emergencies.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • 1) Infectious and communicable diseases, allergies, anaphylaxis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease;
  • 2) Diseases of haematological, gastrointestinal, renal, and endocrine systems;
  • 3) Cardiovascular emergencies;
  • 4) Neurological emergencies.
  • 5) Obstetrical emergencies
  • 6) Neonatal and paediatric emergencies

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CLS400 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Case study discussion forum contributions
Case study key postings
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.