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PAM 102 - Airway Management and Pharmacology

Credits: 5
4 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: Acceptance into PAM program BIO 110  or BIO 151  
Co-requisites: BIO 161 , PAM 101  and PAM 112C  

This course provides instruction and lab application of techniques and equipment for airway management and pharmacologic interventions used by the paramedic. Students will learn to select and use various airway management equipment as required by the patient’s condition and general pharmacology principles and specific medications indicated by paramedic treatment protocols. This course requires a per credit health career fee; Check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify agencies which regulate various medications.
  2. Determine the appropriate indication, route of administration and dosage for various medications used by the paramedic.
  3. Identify the five “Rights” when administering a medication.
  4. Define aseptic technique and correctly apply its principles in a lab setting.
  5. Identify proper selection and technique to utilize airway management and ventilation devices.
  6. Demonstrate correct procedure for placement of simple and advanced airway management devices.
  7. Verify proper placement of an advanced airway device using at least three methods.
  8. Interpret findings from monitoring devices such as pulse oximeters and capnographs.
  9. Demonstrate psychomotor skill proficiency in administering medications and managing airways.
Listed Topics
  1. Regulatory aspects of pharmacology
  2. Drug classes and preparations
  3. Medication safety, administration routes and dosage calculations
  4. Drug actions, interactions, and adverse effects
  5. Medications specific to paramedic care
  6. Airway management devices
  7. Assessment and physiology of the respiratory system
  8. Monitoring devices applicable to airway management
Reference Materials
Textbooks, library resources, journals, videos and lab equipment.
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 05/19/2016

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