Emergency Medical Responder Curriculum Updates

Posted On: 8/1/21

In the healthcare industry, standards and procedures change regularly, and your curriculum needs to keep up!

This year, we worked with subject matter experts to review the Emergency Medical Responder curriculum to ensure the content is in line with new AHA guidelines and the National EMS Education Standards.

What Changed in the Emergency Medical Responder Curriculum?

With this update, you’ll find changes to five modules across the EMR curriculum:

  • Airway EMR
  • Medical EMR
  • Patient Assessment EMR
  • Shock and Resuscitation
  • Trauma EMR

Below you’ll find the detailed list of what changed with this release.

Updates to the Airway EMR Module

Based on recommendations from a subject matter expert, we made minor updates to two units in the Airway EMR module:

  • Unit 2: Artificial Ventilation
    • Lesson 5: Cricoid Pressure - Updated image of the Sellick maneuver
  • Unit 3: Respiration Management
    • Lesson 2: Supplemental Oxygen - Minor update to remove a sentence regarding oxygen’s flammability
    • Lesson 3: Nasal Cannula - Minor update regarding when a nasal cannula is useful

Updates to the Medical EMR Module

In this release, we updated two units in the Medical EMR module based on recommendations from a subject matter expert:

  • Unit 1: Cardiac and Respiratory Emergencies
    • Lesson 1: Cardiac Emergencies - Updated symptoms
    • Lesson 2: Respiratory Emergencies - Updated information on pulse in hypoxic children
  • Unit 5: Allergic Reactions and Poisonings
    • Lesson 1: Allergic Reactions - Updated symptoms
    • Lesson 2: Poisonings - Updated Check Your Knowledge questions

Updates to the Patient Assessment EMR Module

In the Patient Assessment EMR Module, we made minor changes to two units:

  • Unit 2: Primary Assessment
    • Lesson 1: General Impression - Updated content to reflect current patient primary assessment requirements
    • Lesson 3: Airway and Breathing - Removed a confusing scenario from the lesson
    • Lesson 4: Circulation - Updated instructions for evaluating capillary refill in pediatric patients
  • Unit 4: Secondary Assessment
    • Lesson 2: Secondary Assessment - Updated instructions for sucking chest wounds

Updates to the Shock and Resuscitation Module

The Shock and Resuscitation module is where you and your students will see the most new and updated content with the EMR curriculum changes.

The eLearning lessons and skills checklists were updated in four units of the Shock and Resuscitation module:

  • Unit 2: Resuscitation
    • Lesson 1: Chain of Survival - Updated the Chain of Survival to reflect changes from the AHA
  • Unit 3: Basic Adult CPR
    • Updates based on changes from the AHA, including using a barrier device, breaths, and instructions regarding bulky clothing
  • Unit 4: Pediatric CPR
    • Updates based on changes from the AHA, including using a barrier device, breaths, and instructions regarding bulky clothing
  • Unit 5: Airway Obstructions
    • Updates based on changes from the AHA, including using a barrier device, breaths, and instructions regarding bulky clothing

Updates to the Trauma EMR Module

In the Trauma EMR module, we made changes to four units based on feedback from teachers and subject matter expert reviews:

  • Unit 1: Bleeding
    • Lesson 2: External Bleeding - Updated instructions for direct pressure
    • Lesson 2: External Bleeding - New information on the use of tourniquets as a method of bleeding control
  • Unit 2: Soft Tissue Trauma
    • Lesson 2: Closed Soft Tissue Injuries - Removed a Check Your Understanding question
    • Lesson 3: Open Soft Tissue Injuries - Removed references to cellulitis and septicemia
  • Unit 3: Chest & Abdominal Trauma
    • Lesson 1: Chest Trauma - Updated information on using positive pressure ventilation as a treatment for flail chest
  • Unit 4: Head, Face, & Neck Trauma
    • Lesson 3: Eye Trauma - Updated symptoms
    • Lesson 4: Neck Trauma - Updated symptoms

What Do Teachers Need to Do?

These modules were automatically updated to reflect the new AHA guidelines and additional changes. If you already have a class with any updated modules included, it has already been updated for you.

Most of the changes to the EMR curriculum have minimal impact on you and your students. 

However, if you downloaded or printed any materials from the Shock and Resuscitation module prior to August 1, 2021, you may need to redownload them. This includes:

  • Skills checklists
  • Printed worksheets
  • Printed worksheet sample answers
  • Quizzes or tests printed to be completed by hand

If you have additional questions about the updates to the curriculum, head to the Help Center and send us a chat!

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