Course Abstract Details

HES-100, Emergency Care/First Aid, Safety, and CPR

Credits: 3

Course Description

HES-100, Emergency Care: First Aid, Safety and CPR, prepares the student beyond basic knowledge, skills, and abilities needed in emergency medical care situations. This academic course covers legal concepts in first aid; emergencies related to the ten body systems; basic life support, rescue breathing, choking care, and AED use; bleeding, shock, burns, bites, stings, poisoning, wound and soft tissue injuries; head and spinal injuries; chest, abdominal, pelvic injuries; bone, joint and muscle injuries; extremity injuries requiring splinting; cold and heat emergencies; behavioral emergencies, rescuing and moving victims, and administering first aid in remote locations. Emergency care and evacuation plans for home, work, school and other locations are also discussed. CPR/First Aid certification by the National Safety Council is included upon successful completion of this course. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. Offered Fall and Spring terms.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

MAJOR COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: 

1. Explain the term first aid, how to decide when to help a victim, and how to stay prepared for administering first aid in various situations. (PG1,5, GE2, Exam 1) 

2. Explain legal concepts in first aid including Good Samaritan Laws, consent, scope of care, standard of care, negligence, abandonment and confidentiality. (PG1,5, GE2, Exam 1) 

3. Identify the primary areas of the human body using correct anatomical terminology. (PG1, GE2, Exam 1) 

4. Evaluate emergency situation and appropriate steps for preventing disease transmission. (PG1,5, GE 2, Practical) 

5. Discuss prevention methods and first aid for heart attack, angina, stroke, respiratory distress, fainting, seizures, diabetes, and abdominal pain. (PG1, GE2, Exam 3) 

6. Identify the signs, symptoms, and risk associated with various accidents and injuries that occur. (PG1,5, GE2, Practical) 

7. Demonstrate proper care and treatment of the various types of bleeding, shock, burns, bites, stings, poisoning, wound and soft tissue injuries. (PG1,5, GE2, Exam 2 and Practical) 

8. Demonstrate basic life support including rescue breathing, choking care, and Automated External Defibrillator use. (PG1,5, GE2, Practical) 

9. Differentiate between the types of wounds and injuries that affect the head, spine, chest abdomen, pelvis, bones, joints and muscles. (PG1, GE2, Practical) 

10. Demonstrate proper bandaging and splinting techniques for extremity injuries. (PG1,5, GE2, Practical). 

11. Differentiate between cold and heat emergencies and demonstrate appropriate care for frostbite, hypothermia, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. (PG1,5, GE2, Exam 3). 

12. Explain appropriate methods for handling behavioral emergencies related to altered mental states, anxiety, panic, depression or violent behavior. (PG1,4, GE1, Student Presentations). 

13. Discuss best first aid practices when emergencies occur in remote locations such as rural, hiking, boating, camping, ice, snow, water or high altitude areas. (PG1,4, GE1, Student Presentations).   

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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