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Preparatory Lab
ALS LAB
CLASS CODE: PARA 260L CREDITS:  0
DIVISION: AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: HEALTH SCIENCE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Paramedic training in field and hospital pharmacology, medication administration, Intravenous and Fluid Therapy, Endotracheal, Digital, Transilluminated Intubation, Needle and Surgical Cirocothyrotomy, Patient Assessment and Management - Trauma and Cardiac, Advanced Cardiac Life Support practice.
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: 2 four hours labs per week. Paramedic majors only.
PREREQUISITES: Para 181 or EMT - Basic and concurrent enrollment in Para 260.
OTHER: 12 week class
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1999