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Preparatory
PREPARATORY
CLASS CODE: PARA 260 CREDITS:  4 FEE:  $135
DIVISION: AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: HEALTH SCIENCE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Preparatory fundamentals to include: EMS Systems, Roles & Responsibilities, Well Being, Injury & Illness Prevention, Medical & Legal Issues, Ethics, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Venous Access, Medication Administration, Therapeutic Communications, Documentation, Life Span Development, Patient Assessment.
TAUGHT: Winter/Summer
CONTENT AND TOPICS:
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Students will: 1) understand the roles and responsibilities of a Paramedic within an EMS system, 2) apply the basic concepts of development, pathophysiology, and pharmacology to assessment and management of emergency patients, 3) administer medications properly, 4) communicate effectively with patients, 5) understand roles and responsibilities within an EMS system and how these differ from other levels of providers, 6) understand and value the importance of personal wellness in EMS and serve as a healthy role model for peers, 7) integrate the implementation of primary injury prevention activities as an effective way to reduce death, disabilities, and health care costs, 8) understand the legal issues that impact decisions made in the out-of-hospital environment, 9) understand the role that ethics plays in decision making in the out-of-hospital environment, 10) apply the general concepts of pathophysiology for the assessment and management of emergency patients, 11) integrate pathophysiological principles of pharmacology and the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement a pharmacologic management plan, 12) access the venous circulation and administer medications safely and precisely, 13) integrate the principles of therapeutic communication to effectively communicate with any patient while providing care, 14) integrate the physiological, psychological, and sociological changes throughout human development with assessment and communication strategies for patients of all ages, 15) take a proper history, perform a comprehensive physical exam on any patient, and communicate the findings to others, 16) use the appropriate techniques to obtain a medical history from a patient, 17) explain the pathophysiological significance of physical exam findings, 18) integrate the principles of history taking and techniques of physical exam to perform a patient assessment, 19) apply a process of clinical decision making to use the assessment findings to help form a field impression, 20) follow an accepted format for dissemination of patient information in verbal form, either in person or over the radio, 21) document the essential elements of patient assessment, care, and transport.
REQUIREMENTS: Paramedic majors only.
PREREQUISITES: BIO 264, BIO 265, BIO 462. Chem 101, Math 108, Eng 111.
OTHER: 12 week class.
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2003