To appropriately manage the critically ill patient, it is vital the Intensive Care Paramedic can recognise the indications, precautions and contraindications of the various pharmacological agents within their scope of practice. Based on contemporary clinical understanding and best practice, this subject will cover the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics & prehospital application of a number of common medications used by intensive care paramedics within Australian ambulance and retrieval services. This topic will also provide a broad foundation of knowledge on common prescription medications, toxicological emergencies and medication used in pain management. This underpinning knowledge is critical to enable appropriate clinical decision making and management when dealing with the critically ill patient.
This topic aims to develop a high level of understanding of the pharmacological agents used in the prehospital environment. It will emphasise the parameters of use and the potential physiological alterations within diverse patient populations. This topic will ensure the Intensive Care Paramedic is confident in the use of common pharmacological interventions for the prehospital patient.