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Emergency Medical Services Rescue

Course Number: EMS 116
Transcript Title: Emergency Med Serv Rescue
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 20
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP

Prerequisites

EMS 105

Course Description

Covers the elementary procedures of rescue practices, systems, components, support and control of rescue operations including ladder procedures and basic rescue tools. Introduces techniques and tools of patient extrication, emphasizing application to traffic accidents. Prerequisite: EMS 105.

Intended Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Define the role of the EMT at emergencies involving rescue operations.
  2. Describe the organizational structures and functions of emergency services at an emergency scene.
  3. Describe the process of "size-up" as it relates to decision making for proper tactics and strategies.
  4. Demonstrate the basic use of rescue techniques, including ropes, knots, ladders, portable fire extinguishers, and other related items.
  5. Describe the role of the EMT in extrication.
  6. Describe the techniques that the EMT can use to gain access to or disentangle patients from vehicles.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The methods may include one or more of the following tools: written and practical skills examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, small group problem solving of questions arising from application of course concepts and concerns to actual experience, and role playing.

Course Activities and Design

The material in this course will be presented in lecture and lab formats. The lecture portion will including pre-rescue planning, emergency scene organization, and various rescue situations. The Lab portion will include working with basic ropes and knots, patient handling, raising and lowering ladders and ropes and vehicle extrication.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Safety Issues
  • Incident Command System
  • Ropes, Knots, Hardware Systems and Rigging
  • Patient Packaging and Movement
  • Slope Evacuation
  • Vehicle Construction
  • Vehicle Stabilization
  • Extrication: Hand and Power Tools
  • Collapsed Structures
  • Confined Spaces
  • Trench Rescue
  • Water Rescue

Related Instruction

Computation

Hours: 6

Outcomes:

  1. Describe the process of "size-up" as it relates to decision making for proper tactics and strategies.
  2. Demonstrate the basic use of rescue techniques, including ropes, knots, ladders, portable fire extinguishers, and other related items.
  3. Describe the role of the EMT in extrication.
  4. Describe the techniques that the EMT can use to gain access to or disentangle patients from vehicles.

Activities:

  1. Student calculation of force needed for heavy rescue operations involving heavy and light rescue tools.
  2. Student calculation of tensile strength necessary for various types of rope used in rescue operations.
  3. Measuring required during some low-angle rescue, as well as heavy vehicle rescue operations.