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EMSA 2550 - Paramedic Lecture 2

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: Admission into the Emergency Medical Services - Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Program; EMSA 2510  with grade C or better

Corequisites: EMSA 2520  and EMSA 2530  

(formerly EMTC 2550)

This course presents a study of cardiology and introduction to the EKG.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1:
Upon completion of this course, students will identify the physiology of the myocardial cell.

The student will:

  1. Identify the roles of anions and cations in the function of the cell.
  2. Identify the relationships between myocardial cells, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
  3. Identify resting and action potentials as it relates to normal and abnormal cardiac rhythms.

Outcome 2:
Upon completion of this course, students will identify the mechanics and dynamics of the cardiovascular system, as they relate to perfusion.

The student will:

  1. Identify the interaction between cardiac output, peripheral resistance, preload pressures in the maintenance of perfusion.
  2. Be able to manage the patient in hypoperfusion due to failure in cardiac output, peripheral resistance, or preload.

Outcome 3:
Upon completion of this course, students will interpret the EKG, and understand its significance.

The student will:

  1. Itemize the structures of the heart’s conduction system and their participation in the normal cardiac cycle.
  2. Be able to interpret the waveforms of the EKG, and relate them back to cardiac function, or malfunction.
  3. Describe underlying pathologies and the dangers from abnormal electrical conduction in the heart.

Outcome 4:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the safe and efficient operation of the EKG monitor and defibrillator.

The student will:

  1. Be able to locate Leads I, II, and III, and interpret the waveforms that originate from them.
  2. Be able to perform the normal functions of the EKG monitor/defibrillator.
  3. Be able to correctly implement the electrical therapies of defibrillation, synchronized cardioversion, and external pacing.

Outcome 5:
Upon completion of this course, students will learn the current Advanced Cardiac Life Support, (ACLS,) algorithms.

The student will:

  1. Demonstrate compliance with current ACLS guidelines.
  2. Be able to rationalize the reasons for the current ACLS guidelines.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES

Module 1: Cardiac anatomy and physiology

Module 2: The basics of EKG

Module 3: ACLS guidelines for management

Primary Faculty
Armstrong, David
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Lopez, Michael
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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