Southern State Community College EMTP 218 – Paramedic Refresher Curriculum Committee –September 2007 Page 1 of 4 I. COURSE TITLE: Paramedic Refresher COURSE NUMBER: 218 CATALOG PREFIX: EMTP II. PREREQUISITES: Paramedic Certification or Permission of Program Director III. CREDIT HOURS: 4 OBSERVATION HOURS: IV. LECTURE HOURS: 2 LABORATORY HOURS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for the practicing Paramedic. Emphasis includes assessment and management of a variety of conditions in the following areas: Airway and Breathing, Cardiology, Medical Emergencies, Trauma Emergencies, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and EMS Operations. At the end of this course, successful students will have completed the refresher course requirements of the State of Ohio and the National Registry of EMTs. V. ADOPTED TEXT(S): Essentials of Paramedic Care. By: Bledsoe, Bryan E.; Porter, Robert S.; Cherry, Richard A. Pearson – Prentice Hall ISBN 0-13-171163-6 Professional Rescuer CPR. By: AAOS/ACEP Jones & Bartlett. ISBN 0-7637-43321 eACLS Study Guide. By: ACEP Jones & Bartlett. ISBN 0-7637-49540 VI. COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Provide ventilatory support for a patient. Assess and provide care for respiratory distress in an adult patient. Perform techniques to assure a patent airway. Use oxygen delivery system components. Attempt to resuscitate a patient in cardiac arrest. Provide care to a patient experiencing cardiovascular compromise. Provide post-resuscitation care to a cardiac arrest patient. Assess and provide care to a patient experiencing non-traumatic chest pain/discomfort. Assess and provide care to a patient experiencing an allergic reaction. Assess a patient with possible overdose. Assess and provide care to a near-drowning patient. Assess and provide care to a patient with an altered mental status. EMTP 218 – Paramedic Refresher Page 2 of 4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 6.1 6.2 VII. Assess and provide care to a patient with a history of diabetes. Assess and provide care to a patient experiencing a seizure. Assess and provide care to a patient exposed to heat or cold. Assess and provide care to a patient experiencing a behavioral emergency. Assess and provide care to a patient with a suspected communicable disease. Perform a rapid trauma assessment. Assess a patient with head injury. Assess and provide care to a patient with suspected spinal injury. Provide care to a patient with a chest injury. Provide care to a patient with an open abdominal injury. Provide care to a patient with shock/hypoperfusion. Provide care to patient with a painful, swollen, deformed extremity. Assess and provide care to a patient with a burn injury. Assess and provide care to an infant or child with cardiac arrest. Assess and provide care to an infant or child with respiratory distress. Assess and provide care to an infant or child with shock/hypoperfusion. Assess and provide care to an infant or child with trauma. Assess and provide care to an infant or child with suspected abuse or neglect. Assess and provide care to an infant or child with a fever. Assess and provide care for the obstetric patient. Provide care to the newborn. Provide care to the mother immediately following delivery of a newborn. Use body mechanics when lifting and moving a patient. Communicate with a patient while providing care. COURSE METHODOLOGY: Lecture, discussion, skill demonstration, practical scenarios, and patient simulation will be utilized as appropriate to the course objectives. VIII. GRADING: Students will be required to complete written exams and quizzes/homework at the times designated by the course instructor. The student will also be graded on his/her performance of the competency based skills. A grade of "S" will be recorded for satisfactory performance and a grade of "U" will be recorded for unsatisfactory performance. Grading will be accorded using the following schedule: A = 93-100 B= 85-92 C= 77-84 F= 0-76 EMTP 218 – Paramedic Refresher Page 3 of 4 Honesty and integrity are major elements in professional behavior and are expected of each health sciences student. Cheating is considered unacceptable behavior within all health sciences courses. Students having academic difficulties should seek guidance assistance from the instructor, academic advisor, or college counselor. A student observed or found to be cheating on a test or assignment in any health sciences course will be given a “zero” on the test or assignment. A written report of the incident, signed by the instructor and the student, will be placed in the student’s file. This notice will remain on file and in effect for the remainder of the student’s enrollment in the health sciences division. Should a second incident of cheating occur in any health sciences division course, the student will be given a failing grade for the course and will be dismissed from the health sciences division for one year. IX. COURSE OUTLINE: Preparatory Patient assessment Airway management Trauma assessment and management Medical assessment and management Obstetrics and gynecology Infants and children X. OTHER REQUIRED BOOKS, SOFTWARE AND MATERIALS: None XI. EVALUATION: There will be a total of three 100 point examinations including a comprehensive final exam. Students are expected to achieve a score of at least 77 on each exam and must achieve this minimum score on the comprehensive final exam. Students who achieve a score of less than 77 on an exam may complete a retest of the exam for a maximum score of 77. A student may not retest more than one exam. Any retests must be scheduled with the instructor outside of regular class time and must be completed within one week of notification of exam results. Quizzes and/or homework assignments will be given at the instructor’s discretion. No retests will be offered on quizzes. An "S" grade is required on the evaluation of each skill discussed and demonstrated. Failure to achieve an "S" grade within three attempts or within the allotted time frame will result in a "U" grade for the skill and an "F" for the course, regardless of the theory grade achieved. The final course grade will be calculated as follows: Exams (90%) Homework/Quizzes (10%) EMTP 218 – Paramedic Refresher Page 4 of 4 Successful course completion will be determined by satisfactory completion of all required skills, successful completion of the comprehensive final exam, and a final course grade of 77 or greater. XII. SPECIFIC MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS: To meet the objectives of the course, students must attend all scheduled classes. At the beginning of the quarter, all instructors will pass out a class schedule that lists all class meetings. If a student must miss a class due to extenuating circumstances, then the student is expected to call and inform the instructor by either talking with the instructor or leaving a message should the instructor not be available. Students will be allowed one class absence. Unexcused absences over one time will result in the student not successfully completing the class. Two instances of significant tardiness or leaving early will be considered to be equivalent to an absence for purposes of this calculation. Any student who misses a scheduled competency, either demonstration or check-off, must make an appointment with the instructor within one week of return to school to make up this portion of class. Failure to do so will result in a "U" for the competency, therefore, failure for the course. It is the student's responsibility to make these arrangements. Note: Work submitted in this class may be seen by others. Others may see your work when being distributed, during group project work, or if it is chosen for demonstration purposes. Other instructors may also see your work during the evaluation/feedback process. There is also a possibility that your papers may be submitted electronically to other entities to determine if references are cited appropriately. Need for assistance: If you have any condition or situation which will make it difficult to carry out the work as outlined, please notify me as soon as possible. Students with disabilities may contact the Disabilities Service Office, Central Campus at 800-628-7722 or 937-393-3431, Ext. 2604.