Jan 20, 2021
EMSP 1215 - Advanced EMS Pharmacology Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 1Lab 4
Course Description: This course introduces the applications and principles of pharmacological interventions commonly used by paramedics. Emphasis is placed upon drug classifications, dosage calculations, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of medications and their administration routes and techniques. Students must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements.
Prerequisite(s): EMSP 1210 with a grade of C or higher; Minnesota Human Services background study with no restrictions; current AHA BLS for the Healthcare Provider certification; current state EMT certification; and current healthcare insurance.
Recommendation: Basic word processing skills.
- Emergency Medications
- Routes of administration
- Side effects
- Dosages for the medications administered
- Medication Administration
- Patient administration
- Paramedics Scope of Management
- Mathematical equivalents
- Medical Direction
- Autonomic Nervous System
- Organization and function
- Peripheral nervous system characteristics
- Autonomic nervous system characteristics
- Principles of Pharmacology
- Medical legislation
- Storage and security
- Administration routes
- Autonomic pharmacology
- Metabolism and excretion
- Mechanism of medication action
- Phases of medication activity
- Medication interactions
- Types of patients
- Universal precautions
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- calculate drug dosages.
- describe drug classification.
- describe drugs that the paramedic may administer according to local protocol.
- describe historical trends in pharmacology.
- describe legislative acts controlling drug use and abuse.
- describe mechanisms of drug actions.
- differentiate names of a drug.
- discuss legal aspects of medication administration.
- discuss medical asepsis.
- discuss special considerations in drug administration.
- discuss the paramedics responsibility in medication administration.
- integrate the pathophysiology of pharmacology with patient assessment.
- perform routes of medication administration.
- review anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system.
- synthesize a field impression to implement a pharmacologic management plan.
- utilize universal precautions and body substance isolation.
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