Emergency Medical Technology
Paramedic Technology - Module 1
This course provides information and experience to prepare the student for EMT 220. In addition, the EMT 210 course is designed to give students extensive knowledge and practical application that adds to the knowledge and skills acquired in the Basic EMT course. This course includes advanced practice with a focus on preparatory entry-level paramedic skills. Content will be presented in the form of lectures, practical skills, which are practiced in a laboratory/simulation setting, along with observations and hands on experience in the clinical environment. This course has been approved by the State of Michigan, Department of Community Health, EMS and Trauma Systems section. The program follows both the State of Michigan and the National EMS Education standards for the Paramedic level. Upon successful completion of all three semesters of the Paramedic Program and the Field Internship, the student will be eligible to take the National Registry Cognitive and Psychomotor Examinations. When the candidate successfully passes both the Cognitive and the Psychomotor exam, the candidate will be eligible for State Licensing.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Summarize his or her roles and responsibilities within the EMS system, and how these roles and responsibilities differ from other levels of providers.
- Compare how paramedic roles and responsibilities within the EMS system differ from other levels of providers.
- Illustrate professional behaviors in the following areas: integrity, empathy, self-motivation, appearance and personal hygiene, self-confidence, communications, time management, teamwork and diplomacy, respect, patient advocacy and careful delivery of service.
- Predict the importance of personal wellness in EMS and serve as a healthy role model for peers.
- Demonstrate safe methods for lifting and moving patients in emergency and non-emergency situations.
- Integrate the implementation of primary injury prevention activities as an effective way to reduce death, disabilities and health care costs.
- Demonstrate the proper procedures to take for personal protection from disease.
- Identify the legal issues that impact decisions made in the out-of-hospital environment.
- Differentiate between the scope of practice and the standard of care for paramedic practice.
- Identify the specific problems or conditions encountered while providing care that a paramedic is required to report.
- Identify the role that ethics plays in decision making in the out-of-hospital environment.
- Differentiate between ethical and moral decisions.
- Explain the general concepts of pathophysiology for the assessment and management of emergency patients.
- Apply the knowledge of pathophysiology to patient assessment and treatment.
- Integrate pathophysiological principles of pharmacology and the assessment findings to formulate a field impression.
- Implement a pharmacologic management plan using the field impression.
- Explain the paramedic's responsibilities and scope of management pertinent to the administration of medications.
- Moderate the administration of drugs by a paramedic to affect positive therapeutic effect.
- Explain the precise process of accessing the venous circulation through cannulation including safety for both paramedic and patient.
- Explain the precise process of administering venous medications including safety for both paramedic and patient.
- Apply basic principles of mathematics to the calculation of problems associated with medication dosages.
- Demonstrate aseptic technique during medication administration.
- Demonstrate disposal of contaminated items and sharps.
- Integrate the principles of therapeutic communication to effectively communicate with any patient while providing care.
- Integrate the physiological, psychological, and sociological changes throughout human development with assessment and communication strategies for patients of all ages.
- Value the uniqueness of infants, toddlers, pre-school, school aged, adolescent, early adulthood, middle aged and late adulthood physiological and psychosocial characteristics.
- Summarize the proper technique for maintaining a patient airway, oxygenating and ventilating a patient.
- Demonstrate insertion of a nasogastric and oral gastric tube.
- Demonstrate insertion of an oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airway.
- Demonstrate tracheobronchial suctioning in the intubated patient by selecting a suction device, catheter and technique.
- Demonstrate proper intubation of the trachea by the following methods: Orotracheal, Nasotracheal, Digital, Transillumination and Open Cricothyrotomy.
- Demonstrate proper insertion of a Blind Airway Insertion Device (B.I.A.D.).
- Explain the appropriate techniques to obtain a medical history from a patient.
- Explain the pathophysiological significance of physical exam findings.
- Demonstrate a proper physical examination of a patient while including all assessed body systems.
- Integrate the principles of history taking and techniques of physical exam to perform a thorough patient assessment.
- Demonstrate a process of clinical decision-making that will also use the assessment findings to help form a field impression and treatment based on findings.
- Differentiate between critical life-threatening, potentially life-threatening and non-life-threatening patient presentations.
- Outline an accepted format for dissemination of patient information in verbal form, either in person or over the radio for patient reporting.
- Distinguish the roles of verbal, written and electronic communications in the provision of EMS.
- Identify the importance of proper verbal communications during an EMS event.
- Illustrate the essential elements of patient assessment, care and transport.
- Identify the general principles regarding the importance of EMS documentation and ways in which documents are used.
Currently no sections of this class are being offered.