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Fall 2016

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HED205 - Responding to Emergencies
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Presents emergency techniques used to maintain health, alleviate suffering and sustain human life under conditions during which professional care and/or normal health services are unavailable. Studies safety and prevention as they relate to home, school, industry, and the highway. Provides Red Cross certification in Responding to Emergencies and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer upon successful completion of requirements and payment of Red Cross fees.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify how the EMS system works and the four roles the citizen responder has in the EMS system.
2. Determine what happens in the body if one or more body systems fail to function properly.
3. Identify the signals of breathing emergencies.
4. Assess one's controllable and four uncontrollable risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
5. Identify the signals of a possible heart attack and cardiac arrest.
6. Demonstrate through a practical exam, the essential life-saving skills of CPR, rescue breathing, and clearing an obstructed airway, on adults, children and infants.*
7. Recognize life-threatening bleeding, and demonstrate with 100% proficiency how to control it.
8. Identify the signals of shock and how to minimize the effects of shock.
9. Identify the signals of various soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries and how to care for them.
10. Demonstrate through a practical exam, how to correctly splint an extremity.
11. Identify the general signals of sudden illness and how to care for them.
12. Demonstrate correctly, how to perform the four common rescue moves used in an emergency situation.
13. Apply one or more of the primary skills and information learned in the course to a "real-life" situation.



* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.



Content Outline:
I. Introduction
A. If Not You...Who?
B. Responding to an Emergency
C. Before Giving Care
II. Assessment
A. The Human Body
B. Checking the Person
III. Life-Threatening Emergencies
A. Cardiac Emergencies
B. Breathing Emergencies
C. Bleeding
D. Shock
IV. Injuries
A. Soft Tissue Injuries
B. Musculoskeletal Injuries
C. Injuries to the Extremities
D. Injuries to the Head and Spine
E. Injuries to the Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis
V. Medical Emergencies
A. Sudden Illnesses
B. Poisoning
C. Bites and Stings
D. Substance Misuse and Abuse
E. Heat-Related Illnesses and Cold-Related Emergencies
VI. Special Situations
A. Water Related Emergencies
B. Pediatric, Older Adult and Special Situations
C. Emergency Childbirth
D. Disaster, Remote and Wilderness Emergencies




Effective Term: Fall 2016