HLTH110 Responding to Emergencies

Department of Kinesiology and Sport Studies: Health

I. Course Number and Title
HLTH110 Responding to Emergencies
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course meets the General Education requirement for Critical Thinking.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course teaches the principles and applications of first aid and safety so that the student can correctly respond to medical emergencies. Successful completion satisfies the certification requirements for Responding to Emergencies and CPR courses of the American Red Cross.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of how the Emergency Medical System (EMS) works and the citizen responder's role in the EMS system, including how and when to call EMS personnel [Critical Thinking];
    2. identify the signs and symptoms of breathing emergencies, including choking, and demonstrate how to provide appropriate care [Critical Thinking];
    3. identify the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and identify strategies to mitigate them [Critical Thinking];
    4. recognize signs and be able to demonstrate appropriate care of a possible cardiac emergency [Critical Thinking]; and
    5. demonstrate how to appropriately apply first aid for bleeding, animal bites, insect stings, and musculoskeletal injuries [Critical Thinking].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Course Outline:

    1. Introduction
      1. The Citizen Responder and the EMS
        1. Recognizing emergencies
        2. Deciding to act and taking action
    2. Assessment
      1. Body Systems
        1. Body cavities
        2. Interrelationships of body systems
      2. Checking the Victim
        1. Checking for life-threatening conditions
        2. Checking an unconscious victim
        3. Checking a conscious victim
        4. Checking infants and children
    3. Life-Threatening Emergencies
      1. Breathing Emergencies
        1. The breathing process
        2. Respiratory distress
        3. Respiratory arrest
        4. Choking
      2. Cardiac Emergencies
        1. Heart attack
        2. Cardiac arrest
        3. CPR for adults
        4. Cardiac emergencies in children and infants
        5. CPR for children and infants
        6. Preventing cardiovascular disease
      3. Bleeding
        1. Blood and blood vessels
        2. When bleeding occurs
      4. Shock
        1. Types of shock
        2. Signs and symptoms of shock
        3. Shock care
    4. Injuries
      1. Soft Tissue Injuries
        1. Types of soft tissue injuries
        2. Infection
        3. Dressings and bandages
        4. Care for open and closed wounds
        5. Burns and their care
      2. Musculoskeletal Injuries
        1. The musculoskeletal system
        2. Injuries to the musculoskeletal system
        3. Considerations for transporting a victim
      3. Injuries to the Extremities
        1. Immobilizing extremity injuries
        2. Signs and symptoms of serious extremity injuries
        3. Upper extremity injuries
        4. Lower extremity injuries
      4. Injuries to the Head, Neck, and Back
        1. Recognizing serious head, neck, and back injuries
        2. Indications of head, neck, and back injuries
        3. General care for head, neck, and back injuries
        4. Lower back injuries
        5. Preventing head and spine injury
      5. Injuries to the Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis
        1. Recognizing serious chest, abdomen, and pelvis injuries
        2. Indications of chest, abdomen, and pelvis injuries
        3. General care for chest, abdomen, and pelvis injuries
    5. Medical Emergencies
      1. Sudden Illness
        1. Specific sudden illnesses
        2. General care for fainting victim
        3. Care for diabetic emergencies
        4. Care for victim having a seizure
        5. Care for stroke victim
      2. Poisoning
        1. How poisons enter the body
        2. Signs and symptoms of poisoning
        3. Poison control centers
        4. Care for poisoning
        5. Anaphylaxis
        6. Preventing poisoning
      3. Bites and Stings
        1. Signs and symptoms of common bites and stings
        2. Care for specific bites and stings
        3. Preventing bites and stings
      4. Substance Misuse and Abuse
        1. Effects of misuse and abuse
        2. Forms of substance misuse and abuse
        3. Misused and abused substances
        4. Signs and symptoms of substance misuse and abuse
        5. Care for substance misuse and abuse
        6. Preventing substance misuse and abuse
      5. Heat and Cold Exposure
        1. How body temperature is controlled
        2. Heat emergencies
        3. Cold emergencies
        4. Preventing heat and cold emergencies
    6. Special Situations
      1. Reaching and Moving Victims
        1. Reaching and moving victims on land
        2. Reaching and moving victims in the water
      2. Childbirth
        1. Pregnancy
        2. The birth process
        3. Preparing for delivery
        4. Assisting with delivery
        5. Caring for the newborn and mother
        6. Special situations and complications
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students will be assessed through exams, assignments, papers, and/or group projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Department-selected textbook or handouts provided. Details provided in the course syllabus created and distributed by the instructor of the course section to each student on enrollment and class attendance.

Review/Approval Date - 12/03; Core Goals/Objectives added 6/04; New Core 8/2015