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General Course Information for PMTX 1080X: Emergency Medical Responder

Course: PMTX 1080X - Emergency Medical Responder
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Description:

Introduction to the basics of Emergency Medical Responder requirements; including medical and trauma skills, basic anatomy and physiology as related to EMR requirements. Student will learn to properly assess and begin treatment of the sick and injured, including cognitive and practical skills of Healthcare Provider Level CPR, taking blood pressures, pulses, respiratory rates, and the use of simple adjuncts to assist in the management of an injured person's airway. Additional Emergency Medical Responder skills, including advanced first aid skills: bandaging, splinting, and spinal immobilization techniques, and safe methods of moving the injured and ill while awaiting a higher level of medical care. Trauma and psychiatric emergencies are also covered, as well as all basic life-saving skills. Students will be tested on assessment the sick and injured, blood pressures, pulses, respiratory rates, proper bandaging and wound care, splinting, and spinal immobilization techniques.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the basic structure and function of the human body, including basic anatomy, physiology of the major body systems.
  • Explain how to effectively communicate with patients, co-workers, family members, other allied agencies.
  • Demonstrate the proper methods of lifting and moving patients.
  • Obtain vital signs including blood pressure, pulse, respirations, and level of consciousness.
  • Perform a patient assessment and develop a field treatment plan for the medical patient.
  • Perform a patient assessment and develop a field treatment plan for trauma patient.
  • Perform one and two rescuer CPR and obstructed airway maneuvers using basic airway adjuncts on the adult, pediatric and infant.
  • Determine the need for and apply proper spinal immobilization, splints, bandages, and hemorrhage control methods.
  • Describe the role of the EMR in a Haz-Mat or mass casualty incident.
  • Assist a laboring patient with an emergency delivery including basic care of the newborn.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures