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EMSC 2920 - Pathophysiology and Disease Management for the Community Paramedic

Credits: 2
Hours/Week: Lecture 2 Lab None
Course Description: Expands on the past knowledge and experience of a paramedic by further exploring chronic conditions commonly encountered in a primary care and public health setting.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Basic word processing skills. Basic internet data entry. Online course navigation.

Major Content
1 .Personal Safety and Well-Being

  1. Components of well-being
  2. Physiology of stress
  3. Warning signs of stress
  4. Managing stress
  5. Stages of grieving
  6. Professional boundaries

2 .Communicable Diseases

  1. Disease transmission
  2. OSHA standards
  3. Universal precautions
  4. Disease transmission prevention

3 .Setting Goals for Patient Care

  1. Pathophysiology of chronic and acute diseases
  2. Interpretation of care plans for hospice patients
  3. Interpretation of care plans for palliative care
  4. Immunizations and preventative care
  5. Life stages
  6. Lab and imaging interpretation

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

  1. analyze elements of effective community agency relationships and strategically plan and identify medical supports that need to be provided in an effort to bridge the gap in health care services.
  2. analyze personal safety and well-being as it relates to the delivery of healthcare services in the community.
  3. combine primary care assessment and treatment techniques with previous acute care knowledge for developing programmatic goals for patient care.
  4. construct a community resource map to address the community needs relative to mental, physical, social support systems, and safety nets.
  5. examine lab and imaging test results useful in determining disease progression.
  6. investigate the methods by which community-acquired infections spread through a population and develop strategies to reduce the provider role in disease transmission.
  7. define key terms associated with wellness and safety and the four components of well- being.
  8. differentiate between helpful and harmful strategies for managing stress in the provider, patient, and other involved parties.
  9. discuss stages of grieving as it relates to the actual or impending death of a patient.
  10. discuss the physiological effects of stress and the concept of burnout.
  11. formulate a community-based outreach strategy designed to incorporate the patient and Community Paramedic into the web of resources needed to address identified community health concerns.
  12. identify warning signs of stress commonly displayed by healthcare providers.
  13. devise an action plan that will reduce the spread of infectious diseases that result from contact with community healthcare providers.
  14. discuss changes made to the care plan for patients receiving hospice or palliative care.
  15. examine lab and imaging test results when determining disease progression during case studies.
  16. explain how diseases are transmitted throughout a local population.
  17. explain the development, progression, and pathophysiology of common chronic and acute diseases, including heart failure, asthma, COPD, diabetes, neurological conditions, hypertension, pressure wounds, infectious diseases, oral conditions, and mental health conditions.
  18. investigate professional boundaries that are established in the primary care patient- provider relationship.
  19. list the immunizations and preventative care for patients at different life stages.
  20. recite OSHA standard for prevention of disease transmission and mandated universal precautions.devise an action plan that will reduce the spread of infectious diseases that result from contact with community healthcare providers.

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

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