The Special Patient Populations Module is presented as part of the traditional one (1) term emergency medical technician (EMT) course. This is the seventh of several modules that are included in the EMT certificate program. In this presentation the special patient populations module is recommended to be completed over a one (1) week period with additional time reserved for practical skills verification testing in a lab setting.
The following chapters will be covered within the Special Patient Populations Module for Emergency Medical Technician. Students should note that this is a blended online program. All facets of the lecture, review activities, knowledge checks, and in some cases, practical skills which are filmed and uploaded into the system, are completed there and graded. All online requirements must be completed before students may attend the lab sessions.
Students will learn the basics of assessing and treating patients that are considered to be in special populations.
This course highlights the basic knowledge and skills necessary for individuals who wish to obtain state or national certification as an Emergency Medical Technician and adheres to the 2009 National EMS Education Standards which are based on the National EMS Core Content and the National EMS Scope of Practice that define the minimal entry-level educational competencies for each level of EMS training and has replaced the DOT National Standards curricula used in the past.
The special patient populations module will teach the students how to communicate with, assess, and treat patients who are considered to be pediatric and geriatric. They will discover the special considerations and challenges that go with each life span as well as how to deal with mandatory reporting requirements and patients with special needs. Students will also learn how to deal with obstetrical emergencies in the pre-hospital setting.