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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.
MnTC Goals

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.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Basic word processing skills.

Major Content
  1. Anatomy and Physiology Anatomy and physiology of the human body systems
  2. EMS Systems History of EMS EMS Systems Roles, responsibilities, and professionalism of EMS personnel Quality improvement methods Patient safety
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Research in EMS Research principles in EMS Literature review Advocate evidence-based practice
  8. CPR
    1. Recertification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider, according to current standard.
    2. Impedance Threshold Devices
    3. Mechanical chest compression devices

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

  1. outline the history of EMS.
  2. define the various EMS systems.
  3. identify the roles and responsibilities of EMS personnel.
  4. identify quality improvement methods.
  5. advocate patient safety.
  6. discuss and define medical/legal issues in emergency care.
  7. model ethical decision making in emergency care.
  8. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body systems.
  9. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the hematology of the human body.
  10. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology of the human body.
  11. demonstrate workforce safety.
  12. discuss the well-being of a paramedic.
  13. utilize medical terminology and abbreviations in emergency care.
  14. analyze EMS research abstract(s)
  15. perform CPR according to current American Heart Association standards
  16. enhance CPR techniques with advanced equipment and methods

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