EMS 270 - Introduction to Paramedicine
This course is designed to prepare a person to care for the sick and injured at an advanced level of care. Persons must be currently certified as a Basic EMT to be accepted in this course. This course covers topics that include basic anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, respiratory emergencies, venous access and medication administration, airway management, medical documentation, cardiac emergencies, pediatric emergencies, caring for the elderly, and medical emergencies. This course is part of the first phase of a sequence that qualifies candidates to take the certification exam for Paramedic. One hundred forty-five class hours, seventy-six laboratory hours.
Prerequisite: EMS 110.
Course Learning Outcomes
1.Describe the responsibilities of a paramedic within an EMS system, to include the importance of personal wellness in EMS or of acting as a healthy role model for peers.
2.Explain medical, legal, or ethical decision making in the out-of-hospital environment.
3.Develop a prehospital patient care plan.
4.Implement a prehospital patient care plan.
5.Evaluate the effectiveness of a prehospital patient care plan.
6.Accomplish venous access for fluid or medication administration.
7.Accomplish administration of medications using the most appropriate method.
8.Establish or maintain a patent airway, while oxygenating and ventilating a patient.
9.Develop a patient diagnosis in the prehospital environment, which may include performing an effective history taking, a physical examination, or an appropriate available diagnostic tests.
10.Identify common medical or traumatic emergency conditions.
11.Identify common medical terminology or abbreviations used in the prehospital care environment.
12.Perform a self-assessment to form the foundation of a personal wellness plan, which may include strengths and weaknesses for reducing risks related to personal health practices, disease processes, or injury risks.
13.Demonstrate prehospital medical interventions using appropriate devices.
14.Demonstrate appropriate emergency response procedures when responding to a call.
15.Select appropriate infectious disease control measures relating to health and safety.
16.Communicate effectively with patients, family, other emergency responders or medical personnel.
17.Explain the anatomy of the human body's systems.
18.Explain the functions of the human body's systems.
19.Demonstrate personal safety and emergency care precautions to prevent work related injuries or violence in the workplace.
Course Offered Spring only