Paramedic practice requires a generalist approach to all types of people, including children, the elderly and women during pregnancy. This topic explores pathophysiological processes in these three distinct life phases. Students will examine the types of illnesses which specifically affect these groups or have more significant health outcomes in these groups. An emphasis is placed on assessment and diagnosis of acute illness or acute exacerbation of chronic illness and the immediate management of these health problems.
This topic aims to explore:
Learning from previous studies within the degree will be applied into these three life-span related patient groups, with a focus on the unique responses of these patients. Skills and knowledge required for the assessment, diagnosis and care of these population groups in the out-of-hospital setting is a major focus of the topic.