Course Abstract Details

XEMS-140, Shock Trauma

Credits: 3

Course Description

EMS-140, Shock Trauma, prepares the paramedic student to assess and manage patients in shock as well as a variety of injuries. Students will be expected to perform practical management as well as discuss, compare and contrast traumatic patient presentations. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the body's response to shock and the medical interventions required to limit death and disability from shock and trauma. This course is a hybrid, delivering content and activities online. Classroom/lab hours will be scheduled on weekends. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all required sciences and EMS-101. Thirty hours lecture. Thirty-six hours asynchronous lecture. Three credits. Three billable hours. Offered Fall term only.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Students will describe incidence and scope of traumatic injuries and deaths and the role of each component of the trauma system in addressing those injuries and deaths. (Program 1,3; Gen Ed 1,2)

2. Students will predict injury patterns based upon knowledge of the laws of physics related to forces involved in trauma, and, describe injury patterns suspect when injury patterns are associated with blunt trauma, restraint injuries, motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle collisions, pedestrian collisions, penetrating injuries, sports injuries, blast injuries, and vertical falls. (Program 3; Gen Ed 2,3)

3. Students will define shock , list the causes of hypovolemic, cardiogenic, neurogenic, anaphylactic, and septic shock, and assess and manage patients experiencing shock. (Program 1,3,5,6; Gen Ed 1,2)

4. Students will describe the physiological effects of electrical and radiation injuries they relate to each body system, and assessment and management of electrical or radiation injuries. (Program 1,3,5,6; Gen Ed 1,2,3)

5. Students will describe mechanisms of injury, assessment, and management of: maxillofacial, ear, eye, dental injuries, and spinal injuries. (Program 1,3,5,6 Gen Ed 1,2,3)

6. Students will distinguish between spinal and neurogenic shock, and autonomic hyperreflexia syndrome. (Program 3; Gen Ed 2,3)

7. Students will describe the mechanisms of injury, signs and symptoms of, and treatment of, skeletal injuries to the thoracic or abdominal cavities. (Program 1,3,5,6; Gen Ed 1,2,3)

8. Students will describe features of musculoskeletal injury, bursitis, tendonitis, and arthritis, and assess and manage patients with those presentations. (Program 1,3,5,6; Gen Ed 1,2,3)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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