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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
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Effective Term: Fall 2021
Units: 3
Hours: 1 lecture, 6.5 laboratory per week (90 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: EMS 61A and 61B.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in EMTP 62B.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable


Paramedic skills presented: proper hand washing; personal protective equipment; patient assessment; intravenous access; intraosseous infusion; pharmacology; medication administration; airway management: endotracheal intubation, oropharyngeal airway, nasopharyngeal airway, suctioning, dual lumen airways; advanced cardiac life support ambulance 911 call simulations and case studies; synchronized cardioversion; transcutaneous pacing; defibrillation; cardiovascular/chest pain emergency 911 call simulations; end tidal carbon dioxide monitoring; capnography; 12 lead ECG interpretation. Intended for students in the Paramedic Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Demonstrate proper hygiene techniques and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
B. Demonstrate the various techniques to establish intravenous routes.
C. Exhibit different basic and advanced airway management techniques.
D. Demonstrate an understanding of different components of cardiac monitor devices.
E. Demonstrate the different techniques of medication administration.
F. Demonstrate through simulated scenarios how to manage scenes and patient care.
G. Demonstrate the proper techniques for transferring patient care.

Course Content

A. Proper hygiene techniques.
1. Hand washing techniques.
2. Proper use of Personal Protective Equipment.
3. N-95 mask.
4. P-100 mask.
5. Donning and doffing medical gloves.
B. Establishing intravenous routes.
1. IV techniques.
2. IO techniques.
3. Setting up, starting IV's.
C. Basic and advanced airway management techniques.
1. NPA's, OPA's.
2. Suctioning.
3. Endotrachel intubation.
4. Tracheotomy care.
5. Multi lumen devices.
6. O2 therapy.
D. Cardiac monitor devices.
1. 4 lead.
2. 12 lead.
3. Cardioversion.
4. Pacing.
5. Defibrillation.
6. EtCO2.
7. Pulse Ox.
E. Medication administration.
1. Medication packaging.
2. Routes of administration.
3. Medication calculations.
F. Simulated scenarios how to manage scenes and patient care.
1. Scene approach and control.
2. General impression.
3. History and physical.
4. Working diagnosis.
5. Appropriate treatment.
G. Transferring patient care.
1. Documentation.
2. Radio report.
3. Verbal report.

Lab Content

A. Proper hand washing, personal protective equipment.
B. Patient assessment.
C. Intravenous access, intraosseous infusion.
D. Pharmacology, medication administration.
E. Airway management, endotracheal intubation, oropharyngeal airway, nasopharyngeal airway, suctioning, dual lumen airways.
F. Advanced cardiac life support ambulance.
G. 911 call simulations and case studies.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Paramedic lab facilities
B. Paramedic ambulance equipment: manikin (that allows cricothyrotomy, pleural decompression, intubation, intraosseous infusion, intravenous access, intramuscular injection and subcutaneous injection); medication box with all paramedic medications; respiratory bag with airway management equipment; ECG monitor/defibrillator/pacer; suction; immobilization equipment
C. Ambulance simulator
D. Base station simulator equipment

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Laboratory psychomotor skill test.
B. National-style oral examinations of 911 call simulations.
C. National-style paramedic affective evaluation: observe student behavior, document, and counsel student.
D. Written assignments including: prehospital patient care report forms.

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of instruction include, but not limited to: students practicing skills in preparation for the NREMT skills testing.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Caroline, L. Nancy. Emergency Care in the Streets. 7th ed. Text and Workbook. Jones/Bartlett.
American Heart Association. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider Manual. (NZ15-1005). Channing Bete, 2015.
American Heart Association. BLS for the Healthcare Provider. (NZ15-1010), Channing Bete, 2015.
American Heart Association. Pediatric Life Support (PALS) Provider Manual. (NW90-1052). Channing Bete, 2015.
Foothill College Paramedic Program. Student Policy Handbook. 2016-2017.
Foothill College Paramedic Program. Student Lab Manual. 2016-2017.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Read 1-6 books throughout the quarter on paramedic: anatomy & physiology, pediatric advanced life support, respiratory emergencies, etc. Weekly reading assignments 60-100 pages.
B. Writing Assignments: Weekly essays are assigned; for example, compare and contrast pulmonary edema secondary to left heart failure and cardiogenic shock.
C. Workbook/writing assignments are given each week and include: matching, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, identify, ambulance calls, true/false, short answer, word find, place photos in order, fill-in-the-table, problem solving, labeling diagram.
D. Medical research.
E. Write prehospital patient care report form.


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