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EMS 236 Pharmacology in an Emergency Setting
Credit Hours:  3
Effective Term: Fall 2011
SUN#: None
AGEC: (None)  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F
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Description: Designed for the Emergency Medical Technician dealing with the administration of emergency medications in the field as outlined in current paramedic legislation. Indepth coverage of medications enumerated in the algorithms of patient care as defined by the American Heart Association (AHA), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Coverage of medications that interact or interfere with the AHA ACLS algorithms.

Prerequisites: EMS125

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Knowledge Level) Identify the State and Federal regulations applied to the medications given in a clinical and prehospital setting.
2. (Knowledge Level) Identify the basic forms and routes of administrations for medications.
3. (Application Level) Relate the function of the body systems in normal perfusion, fluid and electrolyte balance, and acid-base balance.
4. (Analysis Level) Explain the pathophysiology of shock and its effect on perfusion and pharmacokinetics.
5. (Knowledge Level) List medications by generic and trade names and the indications, contradictions, side-effects, and mechanism of action of drugs included in Arizona Department of Health Services approved paramedic drug box.
6. (Knowledge Level) List the medications used to treat respiratory, metabolic, endocrine, neurologic, obstetrical, gynecologic, cardiovascular, and renal disorders.
7. (Application Level) Identify the medications used in the treatment of a patient with a cardiac emergency according to the most current American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) guidelines.
8. (Analysis Level) Identify the signs and symptoms of illicit drug use and abuse.
9. (Analysis Level) Identify the medications used in the treatment of a patient with a drug overdose.
10. (Analysis Level) Calculate drug dosages and intravenous infusion rates for any given medications.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
Outcomes measured by American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support Standards for Pharmacology. http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/vol122/16_suppl_2/