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EMSP 1255 - Advanced Behavioral Emergencies

Credits: 2
Hours/Week: Lecture 1Lab 2
Course Description: This course provides the student with knowledge and skills to manage and formulate a comprehensive treatment plan for a medical emergency encountered in the pre-hospital setting. Emphasis is placed upon behavioral emergencies, crisis management, death and dying, cultural diversity, therapeutic communications, and lifespan development. Students must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements.
MnTC Goals
None

Prerequisite(s): EMSP 1215  and EMSP 1220  with a grade of C or higher; Minnesota Human Services background study with no restrictions; current state EMT certification; current AHA BLS for the Healthcare Provider certification; current healthcare insurance; valid drivers license.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Basic word processing skills.

Major Content
  1. Life Span Development
    • Infancy
    • Toddler
    • School Age
    • Adolescent
    • Early adulthood
    • Middle adulthood
    • Late adulthood
  2. Therapeutic communications
    • Communication
    • Interviewing
    • Factors affecting communication
    • Non-verbal skills
    • Special interview situations
  3. Psychiatric
    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Epidemiology
    • Pathophysiology
    • Psychosocial impact
    • Prognosis and management
      • Acute psychosis
      • Agitated delirium
      • Addictive behavior
      • Mood and thought disorders
      • Factitious disorders
      • Neurotic disorder
      • Organic psychosis
      • Patterns of violence/abuse/neglect
      • Personality disorders
      • Psychosomatic disorders
  4. Cultural Diversity
    • Cultural diversity in patient population
    • Changing community demographics
    • Personal cultural identity
    • Health traditions/religious laws
    • Communication skills
    • Cultural diversity issues
  5. Death and Dying
    • Legal documents
    • Grief stages
    • Imminent death
    • Communication skills with grieving individuals
    • Paramedic role
    • Role of mortician/death investigators
    • Diverse practices regarding death and dying
    • Hospice
    • End of life issues

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

  1. compare physiological and psychosocial characteristics during the various stages of the life span.
  2. define cultural diversity.
  3. demonstrate an awareness of changing community demographics.
  4. determine personal cultural identity.
  5. differentiate various health traditions versus western practices.
  6. develop communication skills in culturally diverse patient populations.
  7. discuss the inter-relationships between stress, coping, and illness.
  8. identify benefits of critical incident stress debriefing.
  9. identify causes and sources of behavioral emergencies.
  10. identify sources of stress and anger in the paramedic work environment.
  11. recognize indicators of imminent death.
  12. utilize verbal techniques to manage the emotionally disturbed patient.


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