Jan 20, 2021
EMSE 1141 - Introduction to Paramedics Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 2.5Lab 0.5
Course Description: This course introduces the student to the roles, responsibilities, and ethics of a paramedic. It integrates a comprehensive understanding of the EMS systems, medical-legal issues, and the safety and well-being of a paramedic. An overview of medical terminology, acid-base balance, and the anatomy and physiology of the human body is also emphasized. Students must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of EMSE 1140 with a grade of C or higher; Minnesota Human Services background study with no restrictions; current AHA BLS Healthcare Provider certification; current State EMT certification; valid driver’s license; driver’s license check passed according to MnSCU policy.
Recommendation: Basic word processing skills.
- Anatomy and Physiology Anatomy and physiology of the human body systems
- EMS Systems History of EMS EMS Systems Roles, responsibilities, and professionalism of EMS personnel Quality improvement methods Patient safety
- Hematology Anatomy and physiology Epidemiology Pathophysiology Psychosocial impact Presentations, prognosis, and management of: Sickle cell crisis Blood transfusion complications Hemostatic disorders Lymphomas Red blood cell disorders White blood cell disorders Coagulopathies
- Medical/Legal/Ethics Consent/refusal of care Confidentiality Advanced directives Tort and criminal actions Statutory responsibilities Mandatory reporting Healthcare regulation Patient rights/advocacy Ethical principles/moral obligations Ethical tests and decision making
- Pathophysiology Correlation with disease process Alterations in cells and tissues Cellular environment Genetics and familial diseases Hypoperfusion Self defense mechanisms Inflammation Variances in immunity and inflammation Stress and disease
- Workforce Safety and Wellness Provider safety and well being Standard safety precautions OSHA blood and airborne compliance Prevention of work-related injuries Lifting and moving a patient Wellness principles
- Research in EMS Research principles in EMS Literature review Advocate evidence-based practice
- Recertification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider, according to current standard.
- Impedance Threshold Devices
- Mechanical chest compression devices
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- outline the history of EMS.
- define the various EMS systems.
- identify the roles and responsibilities of EMS personnel.
- identify quality improvement methods.
- advocate patient safety.
- discuss and define medical/legal issues in emergency care.
- model ethical decision making in emergency care.
- demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body systems.
- demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the hematology of the human body.
- demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology of the human body.
- demonstrate workforce safety.
- discuss the well-being of a paramedic.
- utilize medical terminology and abbreviations in emergency care.
- analyze EMS research abstract(s)
- perform CPR according to current American Heart Association standards
- enhance CPR techniques with advanced equipment and methods
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