PMSC12001 - Procedures and Skills in Paramedic Care
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Students will develop an understanding of paramedic care through investigation of the underpinning theory and practice of procedural applications in the discipline. This will include examples of clinical investigations of the neurological, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems including basic practical procedures such as cannulation, ventilation techniques, defibrillation and trauma management at an introductory level. Knowledge and skills will be developed through a series of coursework exercises and practical laboratory sessions.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:

  • PMSC11001 Foundations of Paramedic Science
  • PMSC11002 Foundations of Paramedic Clinical Practice (from 2015)
  • BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1
  • BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2

Emergency Medicine is a fast paced, ever changing environment. At CQU we are continually adapting our course so students are prepared to meet these needs. With this in mind, if in the last 12 months you have not:

  • Successfully completed clinical placement unit or
  • Successfully completed a PMSC unit with a compulsory residential school attached or
  • Have equivalent and relevant work experiences (as deemed by the Unit Coordinator)

Students will be required to attend PMSC12001 residential again at their own cost.

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Cairns
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton
  • Townsville

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment Pass/Fail
2. Presentation 50%
3. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Residential school was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to put all out theory into practice Moodle Feedback Work further on getting more practice into the residential
Pre-lab work sheets, were hard to keep track of Moodle Feedback Look at updating these and possible making them online
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain patient assessment through clinical focussed assessments, diagnostic procedures and detailed patient clinical investigations.
  2. Examine, describe and demonstrate current procedures and skills relevant to the following areas of management: Access, airway management, cardiac, drug administration, respiratory, resuscitation and trauma

The new learning outcomes align with the Council of Ambulance Authorities accreditation standards of:

3.1.4 Collaboration with the ambulance sector

3.1.5 Collaboration with the profession

3.1.6 Collaboration with other sectors

Also aligns with the CAA paramedic professional competency standards:

  • professional expectations of a paramedic
  • makes informed and reasonable decisions
  • demonstrates professional autonomy and accountability
  • develops and maintains professional relationships
  • demonstrates the knowledge, understanding and skills required for practice
  • operates within a safe practice environment
  • identifies and assesses health and social needs in the context of the environment





























































































Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical Assessment  
2 - Presentation      
3 - Written Assessment      

Prescribed Textbooks

There are no prescribed textbooks

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Emergency and Trauma Care for nurses and paramedics
Author/s: Curtis & Ramsden Year: 2015
Edition: 2nd ed Publisher: Elsevier
City: Sydney State: NSW
Country: Australia
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorEmma Moore (e.moore@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Systematic Approach Overview & Airway Management


Week 2 13-03-2017

Ventilation and Emergency Airways


Week 3 20-03-2017 Drug Administration
Week 4 27-03-2017 Drug Administration and Access


Week 5 03-04-2017 CPR & Defibrillation


Poster Presentation Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017

VACATION WEEK

No assigned readings; use this time to ensure learning and assessment tasks are completed.

VACATION WEEK

Week 6 17-04-2017 Trauma
Week 7 24-04-2017 Extrication
Week 8 01-05-2017 No Lecture
Week 9 08-05-2017

Self Orientated Course Revision

Townsville Residential School

Cairns Residential School

Rockhampton Residential School

Week 10 15-05-2017

Self Orientated Course Revision.

Rockhampton Residential School Two

Week 11 22-05-2017

Self Orientated Course Revision

PeerWise
PeerWise & Short Answer Response Due Friday (26 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Revision and House Keeping


Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Procedures and Skills Validation
Task Description

The safe and competent performance of medical procedures and skills forms a core aspect of paramedic practice, and as such all qualified Paramedics need to be assessed on a regular basis to ensure continued excellent standards of practice. In this assessment, you will be graded on your procedural and declarative knowledge of the various skills and procedures which you will learn throughout this course.

Your procedural knowledge of each skill will be assessed during laboratory sessions, either on a weekly basis for Internal Students or during Residential School for External Students. During lab sessions you will learn the skills from both the lecturer and from your peers. Assessment of your skill performance will be undertaken by the lecturer during lab sessions prior to moving on to the next skill.

Your declarative knowledge of each skill or procedure will be assessed with the pre-lab lessons that will be submitted prior to attending that weeks laboratory for Internal students and before the residential school for external students. Failure to complete the lessons will make you ineligible to attend that week’s laboratory session.

Attendance at each Laboratory session and Residential school is compulsory. Inability to attend any lab session must be discussed as soon a possible with your lecturer BEFORE THE SCHEDULED TIME.

Assessment Due Date Clinical Skills assessed weekly for Internal Students and during Residential School for External Students. Worksheets assessed weekly for Internal Students and during Residential School for External Students
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017)
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Internal students procedures and skills will be assessed during each Lab session, with external students being assessed during the residential schools. You will by assessed by structured scenarios, voice vivas, skills stations, as well as via general observations made throughout the relevant session.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You must achieve a pass mark for EVERY skill/procedure to be eligable to pass this course.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Clinical Skills assessed during tutorials for Internal Students and during Residential School for External Students.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain patient assessment through clinical focussed assessments, diagnostic procedures and detailed patient clinical investigations.

2. Examine, describe and demonstrate current procedures and skills relevant to the following areas of management: Access, airway management, cardiac, drug administration, respiratory, resuscitation and trauma

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Presentation

Assessment Title Poster Presentation
Task Description

Preamble:

Pre-hospital care in Australia is a dynamic and constantly evolving environment. With the introduction of new technology, and emerging research, the way paramedics assess and treat patients will also evolve and change.

Details:

You are to investigate and report on a skill or procedure in patient assessment or management that is not currently taught or utilised in any Australian Ambulance Service. You will deliver your findings as a scientific poster presentation.

Objectives:

Research a skill or procedure not taught or utilised by any Australian Ambulance service.

Using evidence based data discuss:

· Why this new skill or procedure would be a valid inclusion for paramedic practice,

· What skill levels would be authorised to perform the skill or procedure and why,

· What, if any, limitations are associated with the skill or procedure i.e. cost of the device, short shelf life etc., and how would you mitigate these issues,

· What Clinical Practice Guidelines would this new skill or procedure relate to i.e. Cardiac Arrest, Seizure, Burns etc.


Create a Clinical Practice Procedure to complement the new skill or procedure. Including:

· A brief introduction of the skill or procedure,

· Indications,

· Contraindications,

· Complications/Precautions/Potential side effects (as relevant),

· Special notes/Additional information,

· Procedure (step-by-step explanation on how the skill or procedure is performed).

Rationale:

Pre-hospital care is more and more becoming an evidence based profession, all new skills and procedures should therefore be based on evidence. As a health care professional we need to deliver best practice for all our patients and remain current in our clinical practice. Clinical Practice Guidelines are the framework for delivery of pre-hospital care, they ensure standardisation of delivery across the entire service and provide a safety net for both the patient and the clinician.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017)
Students will recieve their results for the assessment and learning resources will be made available via the course Moodle site
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

To achieve a High Distinction for this assessment item students must:

  • Work presented in a logical sequence and all elements included
  • Work presented to a high grammatical standard with less than 2 grammatical errors
  • Chosen skill meets selection criteria supported with strong evidence to support inclusion
  • Strong evidence to support authority to practice
  • Strong discussion and solution using current evidence to support argument
  • Strong evidence to support inclusion in relevant CPG’s
  • Strong introduction of skill that displays advanced knowledge of skill
  • All elements included, excellent presentation with logical progression
  • Consistently acknowledges sources of information to support & reflect all ideas, factual information & quotations
  • Utilised <10 relevant articles
  • All elements included and researched to a high academic standard
  • All elements of CPG included and researched to a high academic standard
  • Excellent presentation, visually appealing, excellent use of colour and graphics, well defined with logical flow
  • Work presented to a high grammatical standard with less than 2 grammatical errors
  • Consistently acknowledges sources of information to support & reflect all ideas, factual information & quotations

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain patient assessment through clinical focussed assessments, diagnostic procedures and detailed patient clinical investigations.

2. Examine, describe and demonstrate current procedures and skills relevant to the following areas of management: Access, airway management, cardiac, drug administration, respiratory, resuscitation and trauma

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title PeerWise & Short Answer Response
Task Description

Preamble:

Pre-hospital care in Australia is a dynamic and constantly evolving environment. Today's paramedics are required to think laterally and problem solve within the requirements of their role.

Details

Part A: PeerWise (20%)

You are required to produce a minimum of three (3) multiple choice questions related to the skills/procedures taught to you in this course (PMSC12001), using the PeerWise software.

The questions must be uploaded to the PeerWise software and you must also answer a minimum of seven (7) of your peers questions and provide appropriate feedback on those questions. The review of other student’s questions will be anonymous.

Part B: Short Answer Response (30%)

Using evidence based data discuss your thoughts on the following situations:

  1. You have been called to a traffic accident on the highway. Your patient has been reported to have chest injuries. After examination (patient is extricated and supine on the side of the road) you find your patient to be in a traumatic cardiac arrest. You determine the need for bilateral chest decompression, however your patient is morbidly obese and you and your partner struggle to find any landmarks on the patient’s chest. What are your options and how will you perform this procedure?
  2. You have been called to a 65yr male complaining of chest pain. After assessment you determine that your patient is suffering from an acute inferior Myocardial Infarction, and determine the need for IV access. You set up your equipment and begin to cannulate the (L) ACF. During the procedure you become concerned that you have cannulated an artery instead of a vein. How would you determine this? Once you have confirmed that you have cannulated an artery, how would you rectify this situation? Identify some common causes for mistaken arterial puncture as well as provide solutions to help reduce these.
  3. You have been called to the local horse stables to a 22yr old female who was kicked by a horse. After examination you note that the patient is in significant pain, with obvious deformity to their right upper thigh. You suspect that the patient has a broken femur and determine the need to apply the Femoral Traction Device. Why are fractured femurs treated differently to any other limb fracture? If this patient had bilateral fractured femurs, how would you size up the traction splint and how would you know when enough traction has been applied?

Word Count: 300 (+/-10%) for each short answer response

Rational:

The ability to write a good question requires you to have truly understood a topic and shows evidence of a deeper level of understanding. The combination of a deeper understanding and ability for lateral thinking are vital skills required for today's paramedics

This assessment task also provides you with the opportunity to use the question and answers provided as revision for your own study.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Various (please review Task Description or Moodle site for further details)
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017)
Two weeks from due date
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria
To achieve a pass mark in this assessment students must submit all three (3) questions and must answer at least seven (7) other questions from your peers and provide constructive feedback for those questions.

As you contribute to PeerWise, you will accumulate a score which is composed of three parts:

  • Writing questions (Questioning),
  • Answering questions (Answering), and
  • Rating questions you have answered (Rating).

This score will then be converted to a marking matrix provided on the Moodle Page. The more questions you create and answer the better your overall score will be.

The PeerWise software will be open from the beginning of term until the end of week 11.

The PeerWise score will contribute to 20% of this assessment item with the Short Answer Questions contributing to the final 30%

Further information will be available on the Moodle page

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Students are only required to submit their short answer responses, the PeerWise results will be manually added by the lecturer

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain patient assessment through clinical focussed assessments, diagnostic procedures and detailed patient clinical investigations.

2. Examine, describe and demonstrate current procedures and skills relevant to the following areas of management: Access, airway management, cardiac, drug administration, respiratory, resuscitation and trauma

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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