EMS2620

Paramedic I

Course Code:
EMS2620

Credit Hours:
15

Effective beginning:
2022-2023

Sections:
001

 

Course Description:
Paramedic I broadens the previous knowledge, skills, assessments, treatments, and accumulated experiences attained in EMS1158 and while functioning as a licensed EMT. Paramedic I introduces advanced life support knowledge, skills, assessments, treatments, and experiences. All EMT knowledge, skills, assessments, and treatments will be reassessed during this course. The course includes sections related to fundamentals, airway management and ventilation, pharmacology, and advanced patient assessment, anatomy and physiology, and medical emergencies. Topics to be covered include but are not limited to: airway management and intravenous therapy, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, cardiology, pulmonology, neurology, endocrinology, immunology, gastroenterology, urology, toxicology, hematology, behavioral, and infectious disease. Lab and clinical experiences included. The goal of the EMS Department is “to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.”

 

Course Details

Prerequisites:

  • Must possess a current State of Florida EMT-B License
  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider certification, or equivalent
  • Minimum Reading Score on ACT (19), CPT (83), or PERT (106) less than two years old

 

Instructors:

  • Keith Maddox
  • Jonathan Kimbrel
  • Chris Murray
  • Matthew Norville

 

Required textbooks/ course materials:

Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Streets, 8th edition with Advantage Package ISBN: 9781284457025

Arrhythmia Recognition 2e: Art of Interpretation, ISBN: 9781449642334

Required Uniform:

  • 2-OfficialCollegepolos
  • 2-OfficialColleget-shirts
  • 2 - Navy blue EMS pants
  • Blackbelt
  • Blacksocks
  • Blackboots
  • IDBadge
  • Stethoscope
  • Blueinkpen
  • PenLight
  • TraumaShears
  • Watch with second hand

 

Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.

 

Discipline-level learning outcomes:

PMD 1  Integrate complex knowledge of Workforce Safety and Wellness, Roles and Responsibilities/Professionalism of a Paramedic, Clinical Behavior and Judgement, medical/legal and ethical issues within an EMS system, effective interpersonal and therapeutic communication skills with patients and others. 

PMD2  Integrates a complex knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology to assess and manage emergency patients including:  pharmacology, medication administration, respiratory, including maintaining a patent airway, oxygenation, and ventilation to effectively and safely provide advanced emergency medical care to critical medical and/or trauma emergent patients.  

PMD3  Establish principles of medical documentation and report writing; including patient assessment, history, comprehensive physical exam, list differential diagnoses, and formulate a treatment plan for critical emergent patients. 

PMD4  Integrate a complex knowledge of environmental hazards procedures and multiple causality incidents.

PMD5  Demonstrate complex knowledge and skills required to apply for the state and National Paramedic licensure examination and employment.

 

Course-level learning outcomes:

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Explain multiple determinants of professional roles and responsibilities of the emergency medical services system as well as emergency medical services system operations.

Exhibit complex knowledge in EMS systems, research, public health initiative, workforce safety and wellness, record keeping, quality improvement, therapeutic communication and medical/legal and ethics.
Identify operational roles and responsibilities to ensure patient, public, and personnel safety in performing emergency care and operational aspects as a pre-hospital care provider.

Develop and demonstrate complex knowledge and application of clinical behaviors and judgement as related to advanced assessment, therapeutic communications, cultural competencies, psychomotor skills, professionalism, decision-making, record keeping, patient complaints and differential diagnoses, scene safety, and leadership in performing advanced emergency medical care to critical medical and/or trauma emergent patients.

Apply complex knowledge relative to the multiple determinants of professional roles and responsibilities of the emergency medical services system as well as emergency medical services system operations.

Utilize complex knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pathophysiology, and lifespan development relative to advanced patient assessment.

Demonstrate complex knowledge of the principles of pharmacology, medication administration, and emergency medications interventions to safely provide advanced emergency medical care to critical medical and/or trauma emergent patients.

Develop and demonstrate complex knowledge and application of patient airway management including oxygen administration, airway adjunct application, intubation, difficult airway, respiration, and artificial ventilation.

Apply scene information to guide advanced emergency medical care to critical emergent patients by using scene size up information, patient findings related to primary and secondary assessment, patient history, using monitoring devices, and reassessment.

Demonstrate critical thinking skills to enhance the ability to analyze and develop the most effective means of caring for age-related patient management of pre-hospital advanced emergency medical care for patients.

Demonstrate complex knowledge and critical thinking skills to guide advanced emergency medical care to critical emergent patients of all age groups and patients with special challenges within the scope of practice of a Paramedic in caring for a medical patient including but not limited to neurologic emergencies, abdominal and gastrointestinal disorders, immunologic emergencies, infectious diseases, endocrine disorders, psychiatric disorders, cardiovascular emergencies, toxicological emergencies, respiratory emergencies, hematologic emergencies, genitourinary/renal emergencies, gynecological emergencies, obstetrics, non-traumatic musculoskeletal disorders, diseases of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat.

Demonstrate complex knowledge to perform age-related management of shock and resuscitation.

Demonstrate complex knowledge and critical thinking skills to guide advanced emergency medical care to critical emergent patients of all age groups and patients with special challenges within the scope of practice of a Paramedic in caring for a trauma patient including but not limited to bleeding, chest trauma, abdominal/genitourinary trauma, orthopedic trauma, soft-tissue trauma, head, face, neck, and spine trauma, nervous system trauma, special patient population trauma, environmental emergencies, and multi-system trauma.

Demonstrate complex knowledge in the care of special populations to include but not limited to gynecologic/obstetrical, neonatal care, pediatric patients, geriatric patients, and patients with special challenges.

Demonstrate and a apply complex and comprehensive knowledge of EMS operations, safety operations of the ground ambulance, lifting and moving patients, vehicle extrication, special rescue, incident management, multiple casualty incidents, air medical operations, hazardous materials awareness, and terrorism response.

Demonstrate complex knowledge and skills of the three domains (cognitive, psychomotor, and affective) to successfully apply for state licensure and employment.

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PMD 5

Tests, Quizzes, Objective Tests, Unit Tests, Final Exam, Cumulative Final, Skills Performance and Demonstration, Homework, Problem Solving, Case Study, Clinicals, Behavioral Observation, Teacher Observation, Skills Check-Off, Judged Performance/Exhibition

 

 

Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The theory and skills acquisition is taught in a sequential order initiating with didactic, lab, and progression to clinical/internship. This process encompasses governing standards and principles to ensure the graduate is a competent entry-level paramedic prepared for state and national certification and employment.

Lecture is the primary method of instruction covering topics primarily from the textbook. The presentation is enhanced by overhead slides, class demonstrations, skills acquisition, scenario, case studies, board illustrations, and role-play. Students are responsible for all material contained within the assigned chapters of the textbooks, as well as all material covered during lecture. Students should read the text, take lecture notes, complete study assignments and review the online supplemental information in order to prepare for the exams/evaluations. The students’ understanding of the material and familiarity with the terminology will be assessed as well as previous knowledge, skills, assessments, treatments, and accumulated experiences attained in EMS1158 and/or while functioning as a licensed EMT.

Evaluation Methods:

Content Exams 35%
Class Assignments  15%
Pharmacology Exams 15%
Skills  10%
Final Exam  25%
Clinical Pass/Fail (you must successfully complete clinical assignments to be eligible to take the final exam) 

Student evaluation/exams will include the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains.

 

See EMS Handbook and First Day Handout for additional information.

 

Alternate Grading Scale

This course uses an alternate grading system that differs from the college-wide grading scale. The following scale indicates a student's standing in the course:
A – 90 – 100
B – 80 – 89
C – 75 – 79
D – 60 – 74
F – 59 or less

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