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EMSP 1225 - Advanced Prehospital Cardiac Care I

Credits: 2
Hours/Week: Lecture 1.5 Lab 1
Course Description: This course introduces the paramedic student to cardiac anatomy, mechanical physiology, electrophysiology, cardiovascular diseases, and the function of the heart. Additional topics include 12-lead EKG application and cardiac monitoring devices. The student will apply their cardiac knowledge in classroom simulations. Students must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements.  This course requires Minnesota Human Services and National background studies with no restrictions; current AHA BLS Provider certification; current State EMT certification; and current healthcare insurance; required immunizations. 
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): EMSP 1240  and EMSP 1245  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Basic word processing skills.

Major Content
  1. Cardiac overview
    1. Anatomy and physiology
    2. Epidemiology
    3. Pathophysiology
    4. Psychosocial impact
    5. Presentation, prognosis, and management
    6. Acute coronary syndrome
    7. Angina pectoris
    8. Myocardial infarction
    9. Aortic aneurysm/dissection
    10. Thromboembolism
    11. Hypertensive emergencies
    12. Heart failure
    13. Vascular disorders
    14. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
    15. Arterial occlusion
    16. Venous thrombosis
    17. Non-traumatic cardiac tamponade
    18. Cardiac rhythm disturbances
    19. Cardiogenic shock
    20. Congenital abnormalities
    21. Infectious diseases
    22. Endocarditis
    23. Pericarditis
    24. Congenital abnormalities
  2. 12-Lead Interpretation
    1. Infarct patterns
    2. Action potential
  3. Monitoring devices
    1. 12-lead EKG monitoring
    2. Continuous EKG monitoring
    3. Electrophysiology and wave forms
    4. Leads and electrodes
    5. Lead systems and heart surfaces

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

  1. assess the cardiac patient.
  2. correlate the chemical and electrical effects on the action potential of the heart.
  3. correlate the electrophysiological and hemodynamic events occurring throughout the cardiac cycle with various EKG waveforms, segments and intervals
  4. describe coronary anatomy and physiology.
  5. describe the cardiovascular effects of the autonomic nervous system.
  6. describe the incidence, morbidity and mortality of cardiovascular disease.
  7. describe the most commonly used cardiac drugs including therapeutic effects, dosages, routes of administration, side effects, and toxic effects.
  8. discuss the pathophysiology of cardiac disease and injury.
  9. display an understanding of 12-lead EKG application and acquisition.
  10. explain the purpose of cardiac monitoring.
  11. identify risk factors of coronary artery disease.
  12. relate the cardiac surfaces or areas represented by the EKG leads.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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