EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE (REC 216) - Meets in Masterton Hall, G-8 - University ...

                                        (REC 216)
                               Meets in Masterton Hall, G-8

Instructor: Michael S. Connell
E-Mail: Michael.Connell@maine.edu
Office Hours: Masterton Hall #322 by Appointment Only

Course Description:
This Face-to-Face course is designed to provide participants the knowledge and skills necessary to work
as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the
consequences of injury or sudden illness until more advanced medical personnel take over. The course
content and activities will prepare you to make appropriate decisions about the care to provide in a
medical emergency. The course teaches the skills an EMR needs to act as a crucial Link in the
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system.

Participant Products/Materials:
   ▪ American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response Textbook required.
   ▪ American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response Workbook optional.

Course Objectives:
   ▪ Explain how the EMS system works and how the EMR’s role in the EMS system differs from a
       lay responder’s role.
   ▪ Describe steps to ensure the well-being of the EMR.
   ▪ Identify how diseases are transmitted and describe standard precautions to prevent possible
   ▪ Identify guidelines to follow to ensure personal safety and the safety of others at an emergency
   ▪ Define and discuss the medical, legal, and ethical responsibilities of an EMR.
   ▪ Explain what happens to the body if one or more boy systems fail to function.
   ▪ Describe when to move a victim in an emergency and the appropriate methods of doing so and
       demonstrate how to perform emergency and non-emergency moves.
   ▪ Explain the rationale for sizing up a scene and how to identify the elements of a scene size-up.
   ▪ Explain and demonstrate how to assess a victim’s condition.
   ▪ Explain and demonstrate how to obtain a patient history.
   ▪ Explain the importance of effective communication and identify the components of
       documentation and related issues.
   ▪ Recognize and demonstrate how to care for breathing emergencies, such as an airway obstruction.
   ▪ Demonstrate how to use breathing devices, including resuscitation masks and Bag-Valve Mask
       Resuscitators (BVM’s).
   ▪ Explain the purposes of and demonstrate how to use airway adjuncts.
   ▪ Identify when it is appropriate to administer emergency oxygen and demonstrate how to prepare
       the equipment and administer emergency oxygen.
   ▪ Recognize the signs and symptoms of a possible heart attack and describe how to care for
       someone who is experiencing signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
   ▪ Identify the major risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and injury and describe how to
       control them.
   ▪ Recognize the signs of cardiac arrest and demonstrate how to perform CPR and how to use an
       Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
   ▪ Recognize the signs and symptoms of medical, environmental, and behavioral emergencies,
       including altered mental status, seizures, poisoning, substance abuse and misuse, heat-related
illnesses, cold-related emergencies and stroke, and describe both general and specific care for
       medical, environmental, and behavioral emergencies.
   ▪   Recognize the signs and symptoms of shock and describe how to minimize its effects.
   ▪   Recognize life-threatening bleeding and demonstrate how to control it.
   ▪   Recognize the signs and symptoms of various soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries and
       demonstrate how to care for them.
   ▪   Describe general care for head, neck, and spinal injuries and demonstrate how to care for specific
       head injuries, including manual stabilization of the head, neck, and spine.
   ▪   Describe common types of medical and trauma emergencies in children and infants and the
       necessary care.
   ▪   Describe the common problems in and how to provide acre for geriatric and special needs
   ▪   Explain the role of the EMR in EMS operations.
   ▪   Describe the components involved in access and extrication.
   ▪   Identify the different types of Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT), how to respond to HAZMAT
       incidents, and the safety procedures associated with them.
   ▪   Describe the purpose and functional positions of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the
       role of the EMR in the ICS.
   ▪   Describe the types of Multiple-Casualty Incidents (MCI’s) and explain the principles of triage.
   ▪   Describe the role of EMS operations during terrorist, public health, Weapon of Mass Destruction
       (WMD) and disaster emergencies.
   ▪   Describe the roles of EMR’s during a natural, human-caused, or biological disaster.
   ▪   Identify the components of specialized operations units and how to respond to special rescue
       situations, such as ice, hazardous terrain, confined spaces, cave-ins, crime scenes, foreground
       operations, and special events.

   ▪ Unannounced Quizzes (4 of 5)               20%
   ▪ Scenario Solution Papers (2)               20%
   ▪ Midterm                                    20%
   ▪ Final                                      40%
   ▪ Final Practicum                            Pass/Fail

   Note: Attendance and participation are required. Students are responsible to make up missed skills.
   There will be no makeup for missed quizzes.

Grading Scale:
      A                90-100%
      B                80-89
      C                70-79
      D                60-69
      F                Below 60

Certification Requirement:
   ▪ Attend all class sessions.
   ▪ Participate in all course activities.
   ▪ Demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios.
   ▪ Demonstrate competency in the final skills scenarios.
   ▪ Pass both the Emergency Medical Response final written exam and the CPR/AED for
        Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers final written exam with minimum grades of 80
        percent for each exam.

Certificate Issued and Validity Period:
   ▪ Emergency Medical Response: 2 years
   ▪ CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers: 2 years.

Brightspace/Internet/E-mail Assignments: Students will be expected to have an e-mail account either
from the university or a personal account. Students will be expected to access the course via blackboard
and from time to time they should be prepared to access the Internet for course assignments.

Exams are required to be taken on the dates assigned unless extreme circumstances have occurred and
prior arrangements have been made. Except when extreme need is demonstrated, a makeup test will not
be given.

Papers should be handed in when they are due. Under extreme circumstance (i.e., illness, death) with
prior arrangement being made a paper can be turned in late without penalty. However, a paper turned
in after the due date without prior arrangement being made will not be accepted. Sixth edition of the
APA style of writing is expected in all papers.

Format required of written papers states they should be typed and double-spaced, Sixth edition APA
format. Please use proper grammar and correct spelling, as these influence your grade. Proper
referencing should be used where appropriate.

Attendance/Class Participation: Attendance will be taken. You are expected to be in attendance for the
entire class period.

Attendance Policy: Inclement Weather: From time to time USM will close the University due to
inclement weather. When the cancellation is for an entire day, the class content will be made up at another
time or through additional, outside of class, assignments.

When the school opens late or closes early, and the time selected is during the middle of class, we will still
hold the class unless you are otherwise notified by me. Two examples:

    ●   If class starts at 1pm, but the University is closing at 1:30pm, we will still have class unless you
        hear from me.
    ●   If class starts at 1pm, but the University is opening at 1:30pm, we will still have class unless you
        hear from me.

Final Grades: Final grades will be awarded as letter grades, with the option of a plus or minus
designation, representing levels of achievement. The student’s work is graded as follows:
        A       High honors, clearly exceeding the course assignments and
                Objectives. Superior work quality.
        B       Honors, exceeding the course or assignment objectives.
        C       Satisfactory, successful, and respectable meeting of the
                course or assignment objectives.
        D       Low level work, marginally meeting the objectives of the
                course or assignment.
        F       Failure to meet the course or assignment objectives.

Incompletes: Incompletes are given only at the discretion of the instructor (in emergency situations only)
and assigned only to the student who has been in attendance, whose work has been satisfactory, and who
has a valid reason for being unable to complete all assigned work.

Course Evaluations: At the end of each semester every student has the opportunity to provide
constructive feedback on the course. It is important to me that you take the time to let me know your
thoughts about the course. I use your feedback to make improvements in the course materials,
assignments, and outcomes.
Brightspace: Log in to Brightspace using your "@maine.edu" e-mail username and the password that
you selected when you activated your (@maine.edu) e-mail account (or a more recent version if you have
changed your e-mail password since.) This password is CASE-SENSITIVE! Be sure you have cookies
enabled in your browser. If you cannot remember your e-mail password, go to http://mail.maine.edu and
click on Reset lost password to reset it. You will need your student identification number, username (the
portion of your e-mail address to the left of the @ sign), and the answers to the questions you offered
during the account activation process.

You MUST activate your e-mail account if you haven’t already and, if you wish to receive your e-mail at
an account other than your maine.edu account, set up mail forwarding on the UNET mail server site

If you need assistance, call 1-800-696-4357 or e-mail techsupport@maine.edu. USM students can call
780-4029 or e-mail Helpdesk@usm.maine.edu.

APA Format (6th Ed.): Students are expected to follow the format of The Publication Manual of
the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA Publication Manual presents explicit style
requirements for authors and students in the preparation of manuscripts and papers. The sample
paper found in the back of the APA manual may be very helpful. APA tutoring is available through the
Learning Center located in Luther Bonney Hall (780- 4228).

ADA/Non-Discrimination: The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992 mandates the elimination of
discrimination against persons with disabilities. If you need course adaptations or accommodations
because of disability, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities, 2nd floor, Luther Bonney
Hall (780-4706; TTY 780-4396).

Academic Support for Students with Disabilities-Students who may need assistance due to a disability are
encouraged to contact the Office of Academic Support for Students with Disabilities, located in Luther
Bonney 242. Phone number 780-4706; TTY 780-4396.

Harassment: Harassment is defined as looks, words or actions between unequals in social authority (e.g.
professor/student) and/or between students and staff/peers that create a chilling environment for the
student resulting in impaired work and/or learning. Students who feel they have been harassed should
report the harassment to the Chairperson/Director of the Department offering the course, or to the
Chairperson/Director of the Department where the incident has occurred, as soon as possible. At the
Chairperson/Director’s request, students who report harassment should be prepared to provide, in writing,
examples/incidences of behavior, which would support the perception of harassment. If the perceived
harassment involves the Department Chairperson/Director, the students should report the harassment to
the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. The Chairperson/Director or Dean will
investigate the complaint, including talking to the involved parties separately.

In the case of harassment based on any of the protected classes, see the University’s Sexual Harassment
Policy in the University’s Undergraduate and Graduate catalogs. Protected classes include race, religion,
national origin, ancestry, gender, physical and mental disability, and sexual orientation.

Cell Phones: Please be sure all cell phones or pagers are turned off. Ringing electronic devices are very
disturbing in the classroom and will not be tolerated. Students are not expected to leave class to attend to
any messages being received. Should you have an impending family emergency that will be clearly
necessary to attend to immediately please let me know at the beginning of class.

Everyone associated with the University of Southern Maine is expected to adhere to the principles of
academic integrity central to the academic function of the University. Any breach of academic integrity
represents a serious offense. Each student has a responsibility to know the standards of conduct and
expectations of academic integrity that apply to academic tasks. Violations of academic integrity include
any actions that attempt to promote or enhance the academic standing of any student by dishonest means.
Cheating on an examination, stealing the words or ideas of another (i.e., plagiarism), making statements
known to be false or misleading, falsifying the results of one's research, improperly using library
materials or computer files, or altering or forging academic records are examples of violations of this
policy which are contrary to the academic purposes for which the University exists. Acts that violate
academic integrity disrupt the educational process and are not acceptable.

Evidence of a violation of the academic integrity policy will normally result in disciplinary action. A copy
of the complete policy may be obtained from the office of Community Standards and Mediation, online
at usm.maine.edu/community-standards-mediation/academic-integrity or by calling and requesting a copy
at (207) 780-5242.

The university is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to all university
programs and services. If you think you have a disability and would like to request accommodations,
please contact the Disability Services Center. Timely notification is essential. The Disability Services
Center can be reached by calling 207-780-4706 or by email dsc-usm@maine.edu. If you have already
received a faculty accommodation letter from the Disability Services Center and would like to request
accommodations for this course, please provide me with that information as soon as possible. Please
make a private appointment so that we can review your accommodations together.

Tutoring at USM is for all students, not just those who are struggling. Tutoring provides active feedback
and practice, and is available for writing, math, and many more subjects. Walk-in tutoring is available at
the Glickman Library in Portland, the Gorham Library, and the LAC Writing Center. For best service, we
recommend making an appointment at https://usm.maine.edu/learningcommons/schedule-tutoring-
appointment. Questions about tutoring should be directed to Naamah Jarnot at 207-780-4554. Interested
in becoming a more effective, efficient learner? Check out https://usm.maine.edu/agile!

Counseling is available at USM. The best way to schedule an appointment is by phone at 780-5411. More
information is available at https://usm.maine.edu/uhcs.
A peer support community for students in recovery from substance abuse and other mental health
conditions is available at USM. More information may be found online at https://usm.maine.edu/recovery
or by containing ROCC at 207-228-8141.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of
race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin,
citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and
all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding
non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity, The Farmhouse,
University of Maine Augusta, Augusta, ME 04333, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).
Incidents of discrimination or bias at USM should be reported to Associate Vice President for Student
Affairs David Roussel at 207-780-5242.

Absence for Religious Holy Days: The University of Southern Maine respects the religious beliefs of all
members of the community, affirms their rights to observe significant religious holy days, and will make
reasonable accommodations, upon request, for such observances. If a student’s religious observance is in
conflict with the academic experience, they should inform their instructor(s) of the class or other school
functions that will be affected. It is the student’s responsibility to make the necessary arrangements
mutually agreed upon with the instructor(s).

The University of Southern Maine is committed to making our campuses safer places for students.
Because of this commitment, and our federal obligations, faculty and other employees are considered
mandated reporters when it comes to experiences of interpersonal violence (sexual assault, sexual
harassment, dating or domestic violence, and stalking). Disclosures of interpersonal violence must be
passed along to the University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator who can help provide support and academic
remedies for students who have been impacted. More information can be found online
at http://usm.maine.edu/campus-safety-project or by contacting Sarah E. Holmes
at usm.TitleIX@maine.edu or 207-780-5767.

If students want to speak with someone confidentially, the following resources are available on and off
campus: University Counseling Services (207-780-4050); 24 Hour Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-871-
7741); 24 Hour Domestic Violence Hotline (1-866-834-4357).
If a student substantially disrupts a class, the professor may ask the student to align with this policy on
conduct in a class setting. If the student refuses, the professor may, at their discretion, ask the student to
leave. If the professor takes this step, they must attempt to communicate with the student and provide
informal counsel and advice. The professor may elect to notify their dean of the situation as well. If the
student disrupts the class again, the professor may, at their discretion, provide a written notification to the
student, describe the offending behavior, and refer the student’s case to the appropriate academic dean
and notify the dean of students that an official student conduct code violation has occurred

Per USM and the University of Maine System, all students, faculty, and staff members are required to
wear a face covering, including during all face-to-face classes. Resident students are exempted from this
requirement when in their own room in the residence hall. Students seeking additional exceptions from
this requirement should refer to the DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS section of this
syllabus. https://www.maine.edu/together/community-guidance/everyone/
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