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EMSE 1160 - Advanced Prehospital Cardiac Care I

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture 4 Lab None
Course Description: This course introduces the paramedic student to cardiac anatomy and physiology, cardiovascular diseases, and the function of the heart. Additional topics include EKG interpretation 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.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): EMSE 1154  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Basic word processing skills.

Major Content
  1. Cardiac overview Anatomy and physiology Epidemiology Pathophysiology Psychosocial impact Presentation, prognosis, and management Acute coronary syndrome Angina pectoris Myocardial infarction Aortic aneurysm/dissection Thromboembolism Hypertensive emergencies Heart failure Vascular disorders Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Arterial occlusion Venous thrombosis Non-traumatic cardiac tamponade Cardiac rhythm disturbances Cardiogenic shock Congenital abnormalities Infectious diseases Endocarditis Pericarditis Congenital abnormalities
  2. Cardiovascular Assessment Anatomy and physiology of cardiovascular system Epidemiology Pathophysiology Psychosocial impact Presentation, prognosis, and management Coronary Artery Disease Myocardial infarction
  3. 12-Lead Interpretation Infarct patterns Action potential
  4. Monitoring devices Capnography Basic blood chemistry 12-lead EKG monitoring Continuous EKG monitoring Electrophysiology and wave forms Leads and electrodes Lead systems and heart surfaces

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

  1. describe the incidence, morbidity and mortality of cardiovascular disease.
  2. discuss the pathophysiology of cardiac disease and injury.
  3. identify risk factors of coronary artery disease
  4. describe coronary anatomy and physiology.
  5. describe the cardiovascular effects of the autonomic nervous system.
  6. correlate the chemical and electrical effects on the action potential of the heart.
  7. assess the cardiac patient.
  8. explain the purpose of cardiac monitoring.
  9. interpret 12-lead EKGs.
  10. correlate the electrophysiological and hemodynamic events occurring throughout the cardiac cycle with various ECG waveforms, segments and intervals.
  11. relate the cardiac surfaces or areas represented by the EKG leads.
  12. identify and manage implications of supraventricular rhythms.
  13. identify and manage implications ventricular dysrhythmias.
  14. describe the most commonly used cardiac drugs including therapeutic effects, dosages, routes of administration, side effects, and toxic effects.
  15. describe indications for defibrillation, pacing, and cardioversion.

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

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