2020-2021 Catalog 
    May 26, 2022  
2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

EMS 261 - Paramedicine I

Description: Introduction to Paramedicine including overview of rules and regulations, paramedic attributes, dispatch operations, EMS operations, human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, medication pain management pharmacology, IV and IO fluid administration, airway and ventilation management, patient assessment and trauma.

Prerequisites: Program Admission.

Credits: 14
Lecture: 12
Lab: 6

Course Content:
  1. Roles, responsibilities and the well-being of a paramedic
  2. Medical/legal/ethical aspects of paramedicine
  3. EMS role in public health
  4. Crime scene awareness
  5. EMS dispatch, deployment, operations and command
  6. Emergency vehicle operations
  7. Hazardous materials and tactical response
  8. Vehicle rescue and extrication
  9. Disaster and domestic preparedness
  10. Anatomy, physiology, and life span development
  11. Pathophysiogical principles
  12. Pain management
  13. Intravenous access and fluid administration
  14. Basic and advanced airway management
  15. Communication and documentation
  16. Assessment: history taking and physical exam
  17. Trauma systems and Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (ITLS) guidelines
  18. Mechanism of injury, pathophysiology and management of trauma patients

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify the roles, responsibilities, medical, legal and ethical issues that impact EMS providers. (1,2)
  2. Defend the importance of personal wellness in EMS providers. (1)
  3. Describe primary injury prevention activities and explain ways to prevent fatalities, disabilities and escalating health care costs. (1,3)
  4. Identify the various elements of EMS operations. (4-6)
  5. Schematize response priorities for HazMat, tactical, disaster, and vehicle rescue incidents. (7-9)
  6. Describe anatomy, physiology and life span development. (10)
  7. Apply pharmacologic treatments in the management of medical and trauma patients. (12)
  8. Use appropriate venous and intraosseous access and medication administration techniques (13)
  9. Manage a patient airway using basic, advanced and surgical technique and utilize procedures to oxygenate and ventilate. (14)
  10. Record and communicate patient information, verbally and in writing. (15)
  11. Formulate a patient treatment plan based upon patient assessments, applying communication techniques, pathophysiological principles, medical history, physical exam and mechanisms of injury. (11,15-18)
  12. Relate Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support guidelines to identify mechanisms of injury, assess and manage the trauma patient. (18)