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EMS 481 - Special Considerations

Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 1
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
This course covers Modules V & VI of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. Assessment and management of specific age groups-including neonatal, pediatric and gerontologic patients-is identified. Chronically ill patients-those who have been victims of abuse and culturally diverse patients-are addressed. 
Prerequisite OR Corequisite: EMS 479  
Competencies
 

  1. Formulate a treatment plan for the neonatal patient.
    1. Assess a neonate.
    2. Determine a plan of care.
    3. Initiate a treatment plan.
  2. Create a treatment plan for the pediatric patient.
    1. Assess a pediatric patient.
    2. Determine a plan of care.
    3. Initiate a treatment plan.
  3. Formulate a treatment plan for the chronically ill child.
    1. Assess a chronically ill child.
    2. Determine a plan of care.
    3. Initiate a treatment plan.
  4. Create a treatment plan for the child with special health care needs.
    1. Assess a child with special health care needs.
    2. Determine a plan of care.
    3. Initiate a treatment plan.
  5. Formulate a treatment plan for geriatric patients.
    1. Assess a geriatric patient.
    2. Determine a plan of care.
    3. Initiate a treatment plan.
  6. Construct a treatment plan for assult patients.
    1. Assess an assault patient.
    2. Determine a plan of care.
    3. Initiate a treatment plan.
  7. Formulate a treatment plan for those who face physical challenges.
    1. Assess a patient with physical challenges.
    2. Determine a plan of care.
    3. Initiate a treatment plan.
  8. Design a treatment plan for a patient with mental challenges.
    1. Assess a patient with mental challenges.
    2. Determine a plan of care.
    3. Initiate a treatment plan.
  9. Formulate a treatment plan for a patient with social challenges.
    1. Assess a patient with social challenges.
    2. Determine a plan of care.
    3. Initiate a treatment plan.
  10. Formulate a treatment plan for a patient with financial challenges.
    1. Assess a patient with financial challenges.
    2. Determine a plan of care.
    3. Initiate a treatment plan.
  11. Formulate a treatment plan for chronically ill patients.
    1. Assess a chronically ill patient.
    2. Determine a plan of care.
    3. Initiate a treatment plan.
  12. Analyze the epidemiology of high risk patients.
    1. Discuss the factors promoting the growth of home care.
    2. Discuss the Medicare act of 1965.
    3. Determine the number of patients who are considered high risk.
  13. Examine the incidence of high risk patients.
    1. Determine typical medical problems encountered.
    2. Describe commonly found medical devices.
    3. Discuss chronic diseases requiring home respiratory support.
  14. Evaluate emergency medical services for children.
    1. Define the role of EMS-C.
    2. Identify pediatric health care concerns.
    3. Organize a program educating children about injury prevention.
  15. Assess common lethal mechanisms of injury in the pediatric population.
    1. Identify the most common mechanisms of injury.
    2. Describe special considerations for airway control.
    3. Determine differences in immobilization between the adult and child.
  16. Distinguish child abuse and neglect.
    1. Determine the perpetrators of abuse.
    2. Describe the types of abuse.
    3. Describe the management of the potentially abused child.
  17. Interpret common issues surrounding children with special health care needs.
    1. Define tracheostomy tube.
    2. Describe common home care devices.
    3. Perform a gastrostomy feeding.
  18. Determine the dosage for medication administration in infants and children.
    1. Exhibit how to calculate from pounds to kilograms.
    2. Discuss how dosages differ in children from adults.
    3. Discuss how some medications are not appropriate for children.
  19. Evaluate the route of administration for medication administration in infants and children.
    1. Perform medication administration through a gastrostomy tube.
    2. Determine which medications need compounding to administer.
    3. Describe how some medications interact with feedings in infants and children.
  20. Discuss the demographics of increasing size of the elderly population in this country.
    1. Describe population characteristics in America.
    2. Define gerontology.
    3. Describe societal issues surrounding the elderly.
  21. Determine the impact of polypharmacy on the elderly patient.
    1. Define polypharmacy.
    2. Determine medication compliance with an elderly patient.
    3. Describe the factors which increase medication compliance in the elderly.
  22. Examine the impact of dosing errors in the elderly patient.
    1. Discuss how physical changes in the elderly leads to overdose.
    2. Determine how mental status changes may be related to medication.
    3. Define drug toxicity problems due to renal efficiency decline.
  23. Distinguish common complaints of elderly patients.
    1. Discuss the impact of falls and mobility.
    2. Describe communication difficulties.
    3. Determine problems with incontinence and elimination.
  24. Apply principles to employ when communicating with the elderly.
    1. Demonstrate how to introduce oneself.
    2. Demonstrate ways of appropriate conversation.
    3. Simulate practices for preserving the patient’s dignity.
  25. Evaluate patients who are culturally diverse.
    1. Integrate psychosocial principles for culturally diverse patients.
    2. Anticipate the patient needs.
    3. Manage the treatment plan.
    4. Determine different assessment techniques.

Competencies Revised Date: 2019



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