Course Abstract Details

XEMS-250, Medical Emergencies 1

Credits: 3

Course Description

EMS-250,Medical Emergencies 1, prepares the paramedic student to assess and manage complex airway problems and complex medical patients. Medical pathophysiology will be presented to the student in a systematic fashion culminating in exercises that will require the student to identify and treat a specific medical problem at the advanced life support level. Prerequisites: EMS-110, EMS-120, EMS-130 and EMS-140. This course is on-line and requires seven hours of synchronized chat. Three credits. Three billable hours. Offered Summer term only.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Students will describe the mechanics of respiration, relationship of partial pressures of gases in the blood and lungs to atmospheric gas pressures, pulmonary circulation, and process of exchange and transport of gases in the body. (Program 1,3; Gen Ed 1,2,3)

2. Students will assess and manage medical or traumatic airway obstruction. (Program 3,4,5; Gen Ed 2,3)

3. Students will explain variations in assessment and management of airway and ventilation problems in pediatric patients. (Program 1,3,4,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6)

4. Students will describe the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, pathophysiological changes that may alter cerebral perfusion, and the assessment and management of a patient with a nervous system disorder. (Program 1,3,4,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3)

5. Students will describe the role of hormones in maintenance of homeostasis and discuss pathophysiology as a basis for key signs and symptoms, patient assessment, and patient management for diabetes, hypoglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, and hyperosmolar hyperglycemic non-ketotic coma. (Program 1,3,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3)

6. Students will discuss pathophysiology, assessment of, and management of patient with disorders of the thyroid gland. (Program 1,3,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3)

7. Students will define an antigen-antibody response, differentiate between an allergic reaction and a normal immune response, assess, and manage patients experiencing allergic reactions. (Program 1,3,5; 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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