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EMSP 1215 - Advanced EMS Pharmacology

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 1 Lab 4
Course Description: This course introduces the applications and principles of pharmacological interventions commonly used by paramedics. Emphasis is placed upon drug classifications, dosage calculations, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of medications and their administration routes and techniques. 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 1210  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Basic word processing skills.

Major Content
  1. Emergency Medications
    1. Names
    2. Actions
    3. Indications
    4. Contraindications
    5. Complications
    6. Routes of administration
    7. Side effects
    8. Interactions
    9. Dosages for the medications administered
  2. Medication Administration
    1. Patient administration
  3. Paramedics Scope of Management
    1. Mathematical equivalents
    2. Medical Direction
  4. Autonomic Nervous System
    1. Organization and function
    2. Peripheral nervous system characteristics
    3. Autonomic nervous system characteristics
  5. Principles of Pharmacology
    1. Medical legislation
    2. Naming
    3. Classification
    4. Schedules
    5. Storage and security
    6. Administration routes
    7. Autonomic pharmacology
    8. Metabolism and excretion
    9. Mechanism of medication action
    10. Phases of medication activity
    11. Pharmacokinetics
    12. Medication interactions
    13. Toxicity
    14. Types of patients
    15. Universal precautions
    16. Asepsis

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

  1. calculate drug dosages.
  2. describe drug classification.
  3. describe drugs that the paramedic may administer according to local protocol.
  4. describe historical trends in pharmacology.
  5. describe legislative acts controlling drug use and abuse.
  6. describe mechanisms of drug actions.
  7. differentiate names of a drug.
  8. discuss legal aspects of medication administration.
  9. discuss medical asepsis.
  10. discuss special considerations in drug administration.
  11. discuss the paramedics responsibility in medication administration.
  12. integrate the pathophysiology of pharmacology with patient assessment.
  13. perform routes of medication administration.
  14. review anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system.
  15. synthesize a field impression to implement a pharmacologic management plan.
  16. utilize universal precautions and body substance isolation.

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

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