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HealthCenter21: Patient Assessment - EMT

This module provides an overview of EMS safety on-the-scene, patient assessment, and showing compassion and professionalism.

 

Unit: Explore: The Importance of a Thorough Patient Assessment


Description
Students will perform and observe physical assessments. A class discussion follows regarding the importance of thorough assessment. 

Lessons
  1. Explore: EMS Provider's Perspectives 

 

Unit: Scene Size-Up


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: scene size-up, including personal safety, body substance isolation, scene hazards, injuries and illnesses, assessing number of patients and need for additional support. 

Lessons
  1. Scene Safety 
  2. Scene Hazards 
  3. Nature of the Call 
  4. Additional Support 
  5. Quiz

 

Unit: Primary Assessment


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: primary assessment, including managing life-threatening conditions, forming general impressions, assessing ABCs, and patient transport needs. 

Lessons
  1. General Impression 
  2. Level of Consciousness 
  3. Airway and Breathing 
  4. Circulation 
  5. Patient Care Priorities 
  6. Quiz

 

Unit: History Taking


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: history taking as they discover sources and factors that influence patient history, techniques and responsibilities of an EMR and an EMT for history taking, and SAMPLE history and the OPQRST questions. 

Lessons
  1. Influences and Techniques 
  2. Approaches to History Taking 
  3. Quiz

 

Unit: Vital Signs


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: how vital signs are external indications of what is going on inside the body, baseline vital signs and practice taking and recording vital signs. 

Lessons
  1. Vital Signs 
  2. Respiration 
  3. Pulse 
  4. Blood Pressure 
  5. Skin Signs and Pupils 
  6. Quiz

 

Unit: Secondary Trauma Assessment


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: secondary trauma assessment and the skills, techniques, and types of physical exams used with trauma patients. 

Lessons
  1. Introduction 
  2. Secondary Trauma Assessment 
  3. Detailed Physical Examination 
  4. Quiz

 

Unit: Secondary Medical Assessment


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: secondary trauma assessment, including the focused trauma assessment, the rapid trauma assessment, and the detailed physical examination. 

Lessons
  1. Introduction 
  2. Secondary Medical Assessment 
  3. Quiz

 

Unit: Monitoring Devices


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: monitoring devices used by Emergency Medical Technicians. 

Lessons
  1. Pulse Oximetry 
  2. Noninvasive Blood Pressure 
  3. Quiz

 

Unit: Reassessment


Description
In this unit, students will learn about: the goals, frequency, and components of ongoing assessment. 

Lessons
  1. Purpose and Frequency 
  2. Reassessment 
  3. Quiz

 

Unit: Reflection Questions and Discussion


Description
In this activity, students will journal about on-the-scene safety, an unconscious patient primary assessment, rapid and focused assessment, and reassessment. A class discussion on these topics can follow.

 

Unit: Scenario Writing


Description
In this activity, students write scenarios about scene size-up and patient assessment, exchange them with others for review and edits, and then perform them.

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