Applied science and physical assessment for paramedics


Applied science and physical assessment for paramedics

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the basic concepts of pathophysiology including disease terminology, aetiology and mechanisms. It also aims to provide an in-depth study of human pathological processes, their effects on homeostasis and their relation to clinical presentation and drug mode of action.

This module is designed to introduce paramedic students to mechanisms of the journey between physiology in health and pathology and clinical presentation in the disease. It focuses on the correlation of pathophysiology with anatomy, physiology and disease process so that students can better understand, anticipate, direct and provide appropriate care to patients.

The module covers general principles of pathophysiology, clinical pharmacology and epidemiology, starting with terminology, classification, aetiology and patterns of disease. Following this, the alterations in fluid and electrolytes balance, acid-base balance, cells and tissues are studied. The pathophysiology of pain, shock, tumours and infectious and genetic diseases are also covered in this module. Other content studied includes pathophysiology of diseases affecting the integumentary, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, renal, immune and reproductive systems.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Describe the basic terminology related to pathophysiology including alerted cellular and tissue biology.
  2. Describe and apply causes, risk factors, basis for signs and symptoms, pathogenic mechanisms and complications of disease to patients.
  3. Discuss the pathophysiological events and changes associated with common disorders that affect the body systems.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiological processes in the context of anatomical, physiological and clinical changes in disease.
  5. Describe epidemiology and its purposes, enabling better understanding of the burden and causes of health problems in human populations, and to make changes that decrease risk and improve health.
  6. Demonstrate a systematic physical assessment of key body systems .
  7. Effectively communicate physical assessment findings.

Who is the module for?

  • Registered paramedics

Module code: PS500Y

Number of credits and level of study: 30 credits at level 5.

Assessment: Multiple choice questionnaire and objective structured practical examination (OSPE).

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 10 days (distance learning and attendance delivery)

Module dates:*

  • 24, 31 May, 7, 14, 21, 28 June, 5, 12, 19, 26 July 2018

*Dates may change

Module leader: Nameer Abdulahad

Programme: This module is part of the Paramedic Practice BSc(Hons)

Contact the PPD Programme Office who will be happy to help you with any queries.