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CCOG for EMS 242 Winter 2024

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Course Number:
EMS 242
Course Title:
Paramedic II
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Course Description

Covers ECG review; abdominal & GI disorders; immunology & infectious diseases; endocrine, psychiatric, toxicologic, hematologic, GU & renal disorders; gynecological conditions; shock and resuscitation; trauma; special patient populations; and EMS operations. Includes Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professionals (PEPP) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications. Prerequisites: EMS 240 and Department permission.

Addendum to Course Description

Department permission required. Passing grade of "C" or higher in EMS 240 required, as well as completion of all EMS 240 competencies, including Clinical Readiness Simulations.  Current Oregon EMT, AEMT, or Intermediate license, current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card required.  Completion & acceptance of PCC criminal background screening, drug testing, and vaccination verification required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for medical complaints, acutely injured, and patients with special needs using assessment findings, principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology, and knowledge of psychosocial needs.
  2. Integrate comprehensive knowledge of causes and pathophysiology into the management of cardiac arrest, peri-arrest states, shock, respiratory failure or arrest with an emphasis on early intervention.
  3. Discuss operational roles and responsibilities to ensure patient, public, and personnel safety.

Course Activities and Design

Objectives are met through integrated lecture and lab activities that allow for a gradual progression from simple to complex depth and comprehensive breadth of EMS knowledge, training, and competency.  Emphasis on strong interpersonal skills, critical thinking abilities, good decision-making skills, and the capacity for making quick and appropriate judgments regarding patient care.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Student mastery is evaluated by written quizzes, section examinations, and final examination; psychomotor skill competency evaluation and final exam; and affective evaluations.  Additional critical activities include case study review; simulation lab competency, including clinical readiness simulations; written/oral reports; small group sessions; problem based learning; special projects; and volunteer/community service verification.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Subject Matter, Concepts, Themes, Issues:

The course content follows the design and objectives of the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards - Paramedic Instructional Guidelines.

  • Section 10  Medical
    • Abdominal and Gastrointestinal Disorders
    • Immunology
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Endocrine Disorders
    • Psychiatric
    • Toxicology
    • Hematology
    • Genitourinary/Renal
    • Gynecology
  • Section 11  Shock and Resuscitation
  • Section 12  Trauma
    • Trauma Overview
    • Bleeding
    • Chest Trauma
    • Abdominal and Genitourinary Trauma
    • Orthopedic Trauma
    • Soft Tissue Trauma
    • Head, Facial, Neck, and Spine Trauma
    • Nervous System Trauma
    • Special Considerations in Trauma
    • Environmental Emergencies
    • Multi-System Trauma
  • Section 13  Special Patient Populations
    • Obstetrics
    • Neonatal Care
    • Pediatrics
    • Geriatrics
    • Patients with Special Challenges
  • Section 14  EMS Operations
    • Principles of Safely Operating a Ground Ambulance
    • Incident Management
    • Multiple-Casualty Incidents
    • Air Medical
    • Vehicle Extrication
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness
    • Mass Casualty Incidents due to Terrorism and Disaster