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EMSP 1240 - Advanced Airway and Respiratory Emergencies

Credits: 2
Hours/Week: Lecture 1Lab 2
Course Description: This course addresses the paramedic students ability to formulate and manage a comprehensive treatment plan for an airway or respiratory emergency encountered in the pre-hospital setting. Emphasis is placed upon advanced airway and respiratory emergencies, assessment, and interventions. Simulations will allow students to utilize didactic and practical assessment skills in simulated emergency scenarios. Students must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): EMSP 1215  and EMSP 1220  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; required immunizations; valid driver’s license; and current healthcare insurance.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Basic word processing skills.

Major Content
  1. Airway Management
    • Anatomy
    • Assessment
    • Techniques of assuring a patent airway
  2. Respiration
  • Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
  • Pathophysiology of respiratory system
  • Oxygenation
  • External and internal respiration
  • Assessment and management of adequate and inadequate respiration
  • Supplemental oxygen therapy
  • Epidemiology
  • Psychosocial impact
  • Presentations, prognosis, and management of
    • Pleural effusion o Spontaneous pneumothorax
    • Obstructive/restrictive lung diseases
    • Pulmonary infections
    • Neoplasm
    • Pertussis
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Acute upper airway infections
  1. Artificial Ventilation
    • Assessment and management of adequate and inadequate ventilation
    • Artificial ventilation
    • Minute ventilation
    • Alveolar ventilation
    • Effect of artificial ventilation on cardiac output
  2. Pulmonary
    • Ventilation and respiration
    • Asthma
    • Pulmonary edema
    • Field impressions
    • Ventilation devices
    • Assessment

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. describe the causes and pathophysiology of respiratory arrest.
  2. develop, execute, and evaluate a treatment plan based on the field impression for the respiratory patient.
  3. discuss the physiology of ventilation and respiration.
  4. explain the primary objective of airway maintenance.
  5. identify various disease processes effecting the respiratory system.
  6. perform advanced airway management skills.

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