Course Abstract Details

EMS-260, Special Populations

Credits: 3

Course Description

EMS-260, Special Populations, prepares the paramedic student to assess and manage patients that have special needs or do not conform to the standard adult presentation. Students are taught to assess and manage neonate, children, chronically ill and geriatric patients. Students will be required to pass a practical examination utilizing skills and decision making specific to these types of patients. This course is a hybrid, delivering content and activities online. Classroom/lab hours will be scheduled on weekends. Prerequisites: EMS-231, EMS-240. Forty hours lecture. Twenty hours asynchronous lecture. Eight hours lab. Three credits. Three billable hours. Additional $75 fee required.
DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW. Offered Fall term only.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Students will describe physiological adaptations at birth, assessment, and management of the neonate including neonatal emergencies. (Program 1,3,4,5,6; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6)

2. Students will identify the role of EMS for children and modifications in patient assessment techniques that will assist in examination of patients at different age levels, assess and manage age related illness and injury in pediatric patients. (Program 1,2,3,5,6; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6,7)

3. Students will describe risk factors, key signs, symptoms, and management of injuries or illness resulting from child abuse and neglect. (Program 1,2,3,5,6; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6,7)

4. Students will explain the physiology of the aging process as related to major body systems and homeostasis and utilize general principles of assessment specific to the older patient. (Program 1,2,3,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6,7)

5. Students will describe the pathophysiology, assessment, and management of specific illnesses, and issues such as depression and abuse the elderly may face. (Program 1,2,3,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6,7)

6. Students will define battering, describe characteristics of abusive relationships, and outline findings that indicate a battered patient. (Program 1,2,3,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6,7)

7. Students will describe characteristics of sexual assault, and pre-hospital care considerations for the patient who has been sexually assaulted. (Program 1,2,3,5,6; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6,7)

8. Students will describe considerations and pre-hospital management of patients: age, developmental disability, emotional or mental impairment, cultural diversity, terminal illness, communicable diseases, and financial challenges. (Program 1,2,3,5,6; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6,7)

9. Students will discuss issues, and assessment and management of the home health patient. (Program 1,2,3,5,6; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6,7)

10. Students will identify maternal child problems that may be encounter early in the post-partum period in the home care setting and how those problems will be managed. (Program 1,2,3,5,6; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6,7)

Learning Goals

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

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