Journal article

The difference between a clinical technician and clinical practitioner is in the scope of practice: the need for a bioscience understanding in paramedicine

Joseph A Rathner, Christine Kettle

Advances in Physiology Education | AMER PHYSIOLOGICAL SOC | Published : 2019


"Only teach me what I need to know!" This commonly heard refrain is often spoken by allied health students while studying preclinical sciences (physiology, anatomy, pharmacology). Here we use a clinical scenario undertaken by second-year Bachelor of Paramedic Practice students of acute coronary syndrome to demonstrate the difference in clinical decision making when using a clinical reasoning approach to treatment rather than relying exclusively on a practice guidelines approach. We hope to demonstrate that understanding basic bioscience concepts, such as the Frank-Starling mechanism and the anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system, are key to providing good clinical care in res..

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