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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EMSE 1146 - Advanced Assessment, Communication and Documentation

Credits: 2
Hours/Week: Lecture 1 Lab 2
Course Description: This course introduces advanced life support patient assessment concepts, skills, and prioritization. It also provides opportunities for developing critical thinking skills and life-saving interventions in the out-of-hospital environment. Emphasis is placed upon radio communication and documentation. 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.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): EMSE 1141  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Basic word processing skills.

Major Content
  1. Clinical Decision Making Influencing factors Patient presentations Cornerstone of critical thinking
  2. Documentation Report writing General considerations Electronic documentation Document revision
  3. EMS Communications Systems Methodology Components Regulation Dispatch Procedures Team dynamics Verbal qualities
  4. EMS System Communication Communication with healthcare professionals Team communication and dynamics
  5. History Taking Component of the patient history Interviewing techniques in EMS Integration of therapeutic communication techniques based on findings and presentation
  6. Patient Assessment General impression LOC ABCs Vital signs Life-threats Body systems Bariatrics Anatomical regions Patient care skills Reassessment
  7. Scene Size-up Scene management Environmental impact on patient care Hazards Violence Scene stabilization Security Multiple patient situations
  8. Techniques of Physical Examination Assessment Cardiovascular exam Examination skills Infants and children Appearance and demeanor

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

  1. demonstrate the primary and secondary assessment for medical and trauma patients.
  2. demonstrate a comprehensive patient examination.
  3. demonstrate the importance of empathy when obtaining a health history.
  4. demonstrate the assessment of the head, neck, chest, abdomen, back, and extremities.
  5. describe the techniques of obtaining a patient history.
  6. identify the components of a comprehensive history of an adult patient.
  7. describe common hazards found at the emergency scene.
  8. describe the use of facilitation, reflection, clarification, empathetic responses, confrontation, and interpretation.
  9. apply the principles of medical documentation and report writing.
  10. demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively through electronic media.
  11. describe the components of the ongoing assessment.
  12. describe the phases of communications in emergency care situations.
  13. differentiate between critical life threatening, potentially life threatening, and non life-threatening patient presentations.
  14. evaluate scene size-up.

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

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