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EMS 272A Advanced Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic, Module I
Credit Hours:  17.5
Effective Term: Summer Session I 2011
SUN#: None
AGEC: (None)  
Credit Breakdown: 17.5 Lectures - 262.5 Hours
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F

Description: The first advanced course in the series for Emergency Medical Technicians explores the acute critical differences in physiology, pathophysiology and clinical symptoms as they pertain to prehospital emergency care. Course emphases developing diagnostic and advanced emergency treatment skills necessary to care for the acutely ill and seriously injured.

Prerequisites: Cert. EMT 1 year; FSC129 (HazMat 1st Resp); entrance assessment

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) List and describe the roles and responsibilities of the advanced Emergency Medical Technician (paramedic).
2. (Comprehension Level) List and explain the actions, indications, contraindications, precautions, side effects and dosages of the drugs included in the current Arizona Department of Health Services approved paramedic drug box.
3. (Comprehension Level) Explain how to administer parenteral medications.
4. (Comprehension Level) Identify appropriate treatment pertaining to recording infiltration and discontinuing intravenous (IV) lines.
5. (Comprehension Level) Explain how to obtain and record blood samples on patients.
6. (Comprehension Level) Explain how to classify and discuss the paramedic's role in patient care situations as defined by the US Department of Transportation.
7. (Comprehension Level) Explain the components of the Well-Being of a Paramedic.
8. (Comprehension Level) Identify and define the objectives under injury prevention for the patient and the caregiver.
9. (Comprehension level) Identify common components of medico-legal issues involving the paramedic and the Standard of Care.
10. (Comprehension level) Identify ethical dilemmas that may occur related to paramedic care of patients.
11. (Analysis level) Analyze the human systems including anatomy and physiology as they relate to paramedicine.
12. (Comprehension level) Explain the general principles of pathophysiology.
13. (Comprehension level) Outline and explain the objectives in therapeutic communications with patients.
14. (Comprehension level) Explain the mechanics of respiration.
15. (Evaluation level) Critique and describe the elements of airway management and ventilation in patients.
16. (Application level) Intubate patients and perform successful ventilation, both advanced and basic forms.
17. (Comprehension Level) Explain how to treat all types of respiratory compromised patients through effective treatment modalities authorized by the Department of Health Services (DHS) and the National Registry of EMTs-Basic and Paramedic.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
Students must meet the following requirements:
1. Current AHA, NRC, AHSI or other ACLS standards for Airway Management, patient assessment and treatment modalities.
2. Pass all module exams by earning score of 75% or greater (allowances made under ARS rules from AzDHS BEMS).
3. Current National Registry of EMTs Basic and Advanced guidelines for practicals to be administered at the end of the course.
4. Complete successfully all phases of required field and clinical experience.
5. Maintain a score of at least 75% or greater in the classroom setting as outlined by the ALS Student Contract For Success.
6. Maintain at least a satisfactory report from peers, instructor, preceptors and clinical advisors.
7. Arizona Dept. of Health Services, Bureau of EMS requirements, rule R9-25-308.
8. US Dept. Of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, EMT-Paramedic: National Standard Curriculum.
9. Successful completion of National Registry of EMT-Paramedic practical and written exams.