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EMS 245 Prehospital Trauma Management/PHTLS
Credit Hours:  1
Effective Term: Fall 2011
SUN#: None
AGEC: None  
Credit Breakdown: 1 Lecture
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F

Description: Designed to instruct pre-hospital care personnel in the critical skills necessary to manage the trauma victim and the emergency scene through the Incident Command System (ICS). Enhances basic emergency medical technology (EMT) skills by focusing on emergency care interventions including victim assessment, initial treatment, resuscitative techniques, victim stabilization, transportation of the victim to an emergency care facility and documentation.

Prerequisites: EMS125 or Basic EMT


Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Analysis Level) Identify kinematics of trauma relative to vehicular mechanisms of injury and other types of trauma.
2. (Analysis Level) Identify and apply emergency medical scene management skills to include size-up, multi-victim situations, hazardous materials and integration of local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) standard operating procedures and/or the Incident Command System (ICS) to selected victim scenarios.
3. (Analysis Level) Determine care management of trauma victim, including initial assessment, vital signs, rapid trauma assessment, stabilization, and select emergency transportation criteria, communication and operation related to trauma level and documentation of care.
4. (Analysis Level) Illustrate trauma victim assessment, airway management, control of hemorrhage/hypovolemia, cervical spine immobilization and splinting according to local EMS protocols, the DOT Basic EMT curriculum and the ICS.
5. (Analysis Level) Relate the physiology of shock and its relationship to management of the trauma victim.
6. (Analysis Level) Identify and illustrate care management for the multi-system trauma victim to include head, spinal, chest, abdominal, pelvic, extremity, and soft tissue injuries.
7. (Analysis Level) Identify the classification and depths of burn injuries and differentiate care management of the burn victim.
8. (Analysis Level) Identify and distinguish care management of the pediatric, pregnant, geriatric, diabetic, altered level of consciousness (ALOC), and crisis trauma victims.
9. (Analysis Level) Identify and select ICS emergency scene management, extrication, assessment, care management, transportation, and documentation of the trauma victim in selected EMS scenarios.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
1. Complete final written exam with a minimum of 80% proficiency.
2. Successful completion of practical skills stations with a minimum of 90% accuracy.
3. Successful completion of course per National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) provider outcomes, current edition. http://www.naemt.org/PHTLS/.