Jan 20, 2021
EMSP 1230 - Special Populations Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 1Lab 4
Course Description: This course will provide the paramedic student with the concepts, theory, and skills to assess and manage special patient populations. Emphasis will be placed upon pediatric, gynecologic, obstetric, neonate, and geriatric patients during simulated scenarios. Obtaining PALS and PEPP provider certification is a component of this course. Students must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements.
Prerequisite(s): EMSP 1227 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; current healthcare insurance.
Recommendation: Basic word processing skills.
- Anatomy and physiology
- Pathophysiology of complications
- Psychosocial impact, presentation, prognosis and management
- Normal delivery
- Abnormal delivery
- Nuchal cord
- Prolapsed cord
- Spontaneous abortion/miscarriage
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Ante partum hemorrhage
- Pregnancy-induced hypertension
- Third trimester bleeding
- Placenta previa
- Abruption placenta
- High risk pregnancy
- Complications of pregnancy
- Fetal distress
- Premature labor
- Premature rupture of membranes
- Rupture of uterus
- Complication of delivery
- Post-partum complications
- Hyperemesis gravidarum
- Anatomy and physiology
- Psychosocial impact
- Presentation, prognosis, and management
- Vaginal bleeding
- Sexual assault
- PID j. Ovarian cysts
- Dysfunctional uterine bleeding
- Foreign body
- Anatomy and physiology of neonatal circulation
- Bacterial tracheitis
- Respiratory distress/failure/arrest
- Cystic fibrosis
- Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
- Congenital heart diseases
- Hydrocephalus and ventricular shunts
- Special challenges
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- demonstrate assessment of the pregnant patient.
- demonstrate basic and advanced life support treatment of pediatric patients.
- demonstrate delivery of a neonate.
- describe anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system.
- describe complications of pregnancy.
- identify medical problems encountered in the neonate patient.
- identify the normal events of pregnancy.
- manage a patient with a gynecological emergency.
- summarize the neonatal resuscitation procedures.
- attend to the need for reassurance, empathy, and compassion for parents and their families.
- calculate APGAR scores.
- describe the developmental ages of the pediatric population.
- discuss paramedic role in pediatric morbidity and mortality.
- demonstrate assessment of the pediatric patient.
- describe abuse and assault.
- describe age appropriate assessment techniques for the pediatric patient.
- discuss the legal aspects associated with the abused patient.
- identify anatomical and physiological characteristics of the pediatric patient and their implications.
- identify community resources that are available for the abuse victim.
- identify equipment used in the management of the pediatric patient.
- identify medical and trauma emergencies specific to the pediatric patient.
- demonstrate assessment of the abused patient.
- describe management of patient with various special challenges.
- describe patients with special challenges.
- discuss documentation associated with the abused patient.
- assess the geriatric patient.
- demonstrate basic and advanced life support treatment of geriatric patients.
- demonstrate safe handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.
- describe the etiology of disease and injury in the geriatric patient.
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