Mar 05, 2024  
2023-2024 Official General Catalog 
2023-2024 Official General Catalog

PMD 221 - Paramedic Foundations and Comprehensive Physical Exam

This sixth course in an Emergency Medical Technician’s or this first course in a Critical Care’ Technician’s progression to Paramedic covers foundational paramedic level concepts.  Early in the course general cellular pathophysiology is expanded on with and in-depth discussion of hypoperfusion and various shock states.  Physical and emotional developmental milestones are reviewed along with effective communication strategies.  Additional advanced airway assessment tools and skills are developed.  An in-depth pharmacology knowledge is cultivated and the course concludes with the development of comprehensive history taking and physical examination skills.

Credits: 4
3 Class hours; 1.5 Laboratory hours; 3 Clinical hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes for this course:

Upon successful completion of this course, following classroom didactic, affective and psychomotor education along with the completion of clinical time each student will be able to:

  1. Recognize, classify, and determine proper management of the types of shock.
  2. Synthesize pathophysiological principles with pharmacology knowledge and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement an appropriate pharmacologic management plan.
  3. Consistently apply therapeutic communication principles to effectively communicate with any patient while providing care.
  4. Recall and integrate physiological, psychological, and sociological changes throughout human development with assessment and communication strategies for patients of all ages.
  5. Recognize, classify, and properly manage a difficult patient airway including:
      a.  Surgical establishment of a patient airway
      b.  Use of capnography to assess and adjust the ventilation of a patient
  6. Integrate appropriate alternative techniques to obtain a patient’s medical history.
  7. Explain the pathophysiological significance of normal and key abnormal physical exam findings.
  8. Consistently integrate advanced principles of history taking and physical exam techniques to perform a comprehensive patient assessment.
  9. Consistently and accurately collect, organize and state patient information in verbal form, either in person or over the radio following accepted formats.
  10.  Consistently and accurately collect, organize, and clearly write patient information on patient documentation forms.