Course Abstract Details

EMS-251, Medical Emergencies 2

Credits: 3

Course Description

EMS-251, Medical Emergencies 2, prepares the paramedic student to assess, differentiate and manage patients complaining of a variety of medical problems. The medical problems include a wide variety of common complaints presented to EMS responders. Students will apply assessment based management to scenarios. Prerequisites: EMS-211, EMS-221, EMS-231, EMS-240, and EMS-250. this course is on-line and requires eight hours of synchronized chat. Three credits. Three billable hours. Offered Summer term only.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Students will identify common medical problems, describe the presentation and assessment of patients and formulate a plan of care. (Program 1,3,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3)

2. Students will identify general assessment and management principles for the most common toxic syndromes. (Program 1,3,5; Gen Ed 2,3)

3. Students will assess and manage patients with hypo-and hyper-thermic conditions, drowning and near drowning, diving and high altitude illness, infectious diseases, and rabies or tetanus . (Program 1,3,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3)

4. Students will outline the reporting process for exposure to infectious/communicable disease and discuss the paramedic’s role in preventing disease transmission. (Program 1,2,3,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6,7)

5. Students will describe potential causes of, and components of, a behavioral emergency and outline critical principles that should be considered in the assessment and management of the patient experiencing a behavioral emergency. (Program 1,2,3,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6,7)

6. Students will explain alternative methods for approaching behavioral emergencies in children. (Program 1,2,3,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6,7)

7. Students will describe the physiologic processes of menstruation and ovulation and relate that to the pathophysiology, assessment, signs and symptoms, and management of non-traumatic and traumatic causes of abdominal pain, in females. (Program 1,2,3,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6,7)

8. Students will outline specific assessment and management for the patient who has been the victim of sexual assault including specific pre-hospital measures to preserve evidence in sexual assault cases. (Program 1,2,3,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6,7)

9. Students will assess and manage obstetrical emergencies including delivery, care of the newborn, and life threatening events including eclampsia, hemorrhage, and newborn distress. (Program 1,2,3,4,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6,7)

Learning Goals

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

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