Course Abstract Details

EMS-240, Cardiology

Credits: 3

Course Description

EMS-240, Cardiology, prepares paramedic students to assess and manage complex cardiac emergencies. Students are challenged to apply current trends in advanced cardiac life support to a variety of cardiac complaints to include those in extremis and cardiac arrest. Students will be required to provide an online individual presentation on an assigned cardiac topic. This course is a hybrid, delivering content and activities online. Classroom/lab hours will be scheduled on weekends. Prerequisites: EMS-110, EMS-120, EMS-130 and EMS-140. Eight hours of synchronized chat and thirty two hours of classroom/lab. Three credits. Three billable hours. Additional $75 fee required.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

OBJECTIVES:

1. Students will describe the normal physiology of the heart and the electrophysiology as it relates to the normal electrical and mechanical events in the cardiac cycle. (Program 1,3; Gen Ed 1,2,3)

2. Students will identify risk factors and prevention strategies associated with cardiovascular disease. (Program 1,3; Gen Ed 1,2,3,4,6)

3. Students will assess a patient who may be experiencing a cardiovascular disorder. (Program 3,5; Gen Ed 2,3)

4. Students will identify rhythms strips and define site of origin, possible causes, clinical significance, and pre-hospital management indicated. (Program 3,5,6; Gen Ed 2,3)

5. Students will list indications, contraindications, and pre-hospital considerations when using selected cardiac interventions, including basic life support, monitor-defibrillators, defibrillation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, synchronized cardioversion, transcutaneous pacing, and pharmacological agents. (Program 3,5; Gen Ed 2,3,6)

6. Students will identify appropriate actions that should be taken in the pre-hospital setting to terminate resuscitation. (Program 2,3,5,6; Gen Ed 2,3,6,7)

7. Students will discuss how assessment-based management contributes to effective patient and scene assessment. (Program 1,3,6; Gen Ed 1,2,4)

8. Students will identify factors influencing assessment and decision making in the pre-hospital setting, essential take-in equipment, techniques for scene and patient scene assessment and choreography, and strategies for patient approach that promote an effective patient encounter. (Program 1,2,3; Gen Ed 2,3,4,6,7)

Course Objectives: By the end of the semester, the student should be able to:

Section A

1. Identify risk factors and prevention strategies associated with cardiovascular disease.

2. Describe the normal physiology of the heart.

3. Discuss electrophysiology as it relates to the normal electrical and mechanical events in the cardiac cycle.

4. Outline the activity of each component of the electrical conduction system of the heart.

5. Outline the appropriate assessment of a patient who may be experiencing a cardiovascular disorder.

6. Describe basic monitoring techniques that permit electrocardiogram interpretation.

7. Explain the relationship of the electrocardiogram tracing to the heart's electrical activity.

8. Describe, in sequence, the steps in electrocardiogram interpretation.

9. Identify the characteristics of normal sinus rhythm.

10.When shown an ECG tracing, identify the rhythm, site of origin, possible causes, clinical significance, and prehospital management indicated.

11.Describe prehospital assessment and management of patients with selected cardiovascular disorders based on knowledge of the pathophysiology of the illness.

12.List indications, contraindications, and prehospital considerations when using selected cardiac interventions, including basic life support, monitor-defibrillators, defibrillation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, synchronized cardioversion, and transcutaneous pacing.

13.List indications, contraindications, dose, and mechanism of action for pharmacological agents used in the management of cardiovascular disorders.

14. Identify appropriate actions that should be taken in the prehospital setting to terminate resuscitation.

Section B

1. Discuss how assessment-based management contributes to effective patient and scene assessment.

2. Describe factors that affect assessment and decision making in the prehospital setting.

3. Outline effective techniques for scene and patient assessment and choreography.

4. Identify essential take-in equipment for general and selected patient situations.

5. Outline strategies for patient approach that promote an effective patient encounter.

6. Describe techniques that permit efficient and accurate presentation of the patient.

Learning Goals

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

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