PSA 125: Foundations of EMS

Course Description

This course will focus on the historical basis of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), its current practices, and future directions. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Define the role of the 15 Components and the 14 Attributes in organizing EMS operations.
  2. Research a current issue in EMS drawn from the 15 Components and the 14 Attributes to develop an improvement plan.
  3. Cite 2 advantages for each of the following transport methods: basic life support, advanced life support, and airmobile transport.
  4. Differentiate between the roles of medical control and medical oversight, referencing at least two impacts each on pre-hospital and in-hospital medical care.
  5. Describe at least three ways that the public can access EMS in an emergency.
  6. Identify how the universal access number (911) has fostered public access to EMS.
  7. Describe how public information, education, and relations (PIER) has positively impacted injury prevention and treatment.
  8. State how EMS interfaces with the Incident Command System in disaster planning and response.
  9. Discuss the respective roles of government, private entities, and the public in funding EMS, providing one advantage and one disadvantage for each.
  10. Compare the current roles of federal, state, and local agencies in regulating EMS.
  11. List and describe five aspects of a strategic information plan.
  12. Develop an improvement plan for a current issue in EMS drawn from one or more of the 15 Components and the 14 Attributes.
  13. Develop the action steps for a current issue in EMS.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Discussions [10 points] (Weeks 1-5)

30%

Discussions [5 points] (Weeks 1-5)

20%

Implementation Plan (Week 5)

40%

Implementation/Action Plan Discussion [40 points] (Week 5)

10%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Walz, B. and Zigmont, J. Foundation of EMS Systems. 3rd Edition. Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2017. ISBN-13: 9781284041781

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1,2,3,4,12

Topic: Historical Background

  • Read:
    • Walz and Zigmont, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 14
  • Read the assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit the Week 1 – Implementation Plan Topic
  • Begin work on the Week 5 - Implementation Plan

2

3,4

Topic: Pre-Hospital to In-Hospital Interface

  • Read:
    • Walz and Zigmont, Chapters 5,6,8
  • Read the assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Continue to work on the Week 5 - Implementation Plan

3

5-8

Topics: System Access, Public Education, and Disasters

  • Read:
    • Walz and Zigmont, Chapters 7,11,12
  • Read the assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Continue to work on the Week 5 - Implementation Plan

4

9-13

Topics: Funding, Regulation, and Information Systems

  • Read:
    • Walz and Zigmont, Chapters 9,10,13
  • Read the assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Continue to work on the Week 5 - Implementation Plan

5

11-13

Topic:EMS Research: Improvement and Action

  • There is no assigned readings this week.
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit the Week 5 - Implementation Plan.
  • Complete Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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