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PAM 103 - Cardiology and Pulmonology

Credits: 5
4 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: BIO 161 , PAM 101 , PAM 102  and PAM 112C  
Co-requisites: BIO 162 , PAM 104 , PAM 105  and PAM 116C  

This course covers cardiology and pulmonology for the paramedic, involving interpretation of cardiac rhythms, treatment protocols and assessment and intervention of respiratory deficiencies. Emphasis is placed on identifying EKG rhythms and using patient assessment information. 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. Describe components in a normal EKG tracing and correlate to activity in the cardiac cycle.
  2. Identify abnormal EKGs including tachycardias, bradycardias, AV blocks, atrial rhythms, ventricular rhythms, premature contractions, paced rhythms and asystole in both 3-lead and 12-lead format.
  3. Demonstrate proper electrode placement and technique to obtain 3-lead and 12-lead EKG readings.
  4. Apply rhythm interpretation and select proper treatment interventions for various cardiac dysrhythmias.
  5. Demonstrate ability to use cardiac monitor/defibrillators to deliver appropriate therapeutic electrical interventions.
  6. List treatment for various cardiovascular conditions.
  7. Classify respiratory system dysfunctions and proper treatment interventions.
  8. Utilize pulse oximetry and capnography to assess respiratory system function.
  9. Describe V/Q mismatch and appropriate interventions.
  10. Apply paramedic pharmacology to cardiac and pulmonary conditions.
Listed Topics
  1. Cardiac cycle and normal electrophysiologic activity as recorded on EKG
  2. Assessment specific to cardiac or respiratory conditions
  3. Electrode placement for 3-lead and 12-lead EKG
  4. Operation of various cardiac monitor/defibrillators to assess and deliver therapy
  5. Identification and treatment of cardiac dysrhythmias
  6. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  7. Pathophysiology of cardiac and respiratory conditions
  8. Pulmonary function values and capacities
  9. Capnography values and waveform interpretation in breathing and ventilated patients
  10. CPAP application
Reference Materials
Textbooks, library resources, journals, videos and lab equipment.
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 05/19/2016

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