- Course Number:
- EMS 248
- Course Title:
- Paramedic Field Internship I
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Course DescriptionBegins field experience designed to expose students to disease and injury conditions. This segment begins the required 200 hours and number of calls necessary to fulfill the State curriculum. Department permission required. Prerequisites: EMS 244.
Intended Outcomes for the course
The student will:
1.Participate in providing advanced life support care under the direct supervision of an identified preceptor for a minimum of 200 hours.
2.Gain a working knowledge of the EMS system he/she is assigned to, and or Oregons EMS system in general.
3.Demonstrate competence in performing skills as outlined in U.S. Department of Transportation Functional Job Analysis that is contained in the D.O.T. Paramedic curriculum.
4.Demonstrate the ability to appropriately deal with situations and problems not commonly encountered in the academic curriculum.
5.Demonstrate a positive work ethic.
6.Demonstrate knowledge of didactic content and lab skills in developing and implementing a treatment plan for a variety of patients in assigned in pre-hospital settings.
7.Develop a plan of care based on the patients history and physical exam, develop a problem list, and identify the appropriate intervention for each problem.
8.Solicit and utilize the preceptors feedback to improve performance.
Course Activities and Design
Course outcomes and objectives are met in a pre-hospital advanced life support environment. Field internship represents final evaluative phase of the paramedic program. The student must actively participate in providing care in at least 40 ambulance calls: no less than ten each in cardiac, respiratory, general medical, and trauma emergencies, during which clinical skills as required by the Oregon Department of Human Services EMS are performed under a preceptor. The student must complete this requirement during enrollment in EMT 248 and EMT 250.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Students will be graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. Field internship preceptors will assess each student on an assessment form designed for the field internship area reflecting the skills and abilities required of paramedic interns. The course director will review and evaluate preceptors assessment and student completed pre-hospital report forms and case presentations for final grade.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
During the course the student may be presented with the following:
•EMS systems/ roles and responsibilities of the paramedic
•Well-being of paramedic illness and injury prevention
•Medical / legal issues
•General principles of pathophysiology
•Venus access and medication administration
•Airway management and ventilation
•Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation
•Medical emergencies including: pulmonary, cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, allergies and anaphylaxis, renal/urology, toxicology, hematology, environmental conditions, infectious and communicable diseases, behavioral and psychiatric disorders and obstetrics
•Patient assessment including: history taking, physical examination, clinical decision making, communications and documentation
•Trauma including: trauma systems/mechanisms of injury, hemorrhage and shock, soft tissue trauma, burns, spinal trauma, thoracic trauma, abdominal trauma and musculoskeletal trauma
•Special considerations including: neonatal, pediatrics, geriatrics, abuse and assault, acute interventions for chronic care patients
•Assessment based management
•Operations including: ambulance operations, rescue awareness and operations, hazardous materials incidents and crime scene awareness