HLTH140 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Department of Health, Physical Education & Nursing: Health

I. Course Number and Title
HLTH140 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
II. Number of Credits
1 credit
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
750 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
An investigation of the knowledge and skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The course emphasizes the principles and skill application of basic life support, external cardiac compression, and the emergency medical systems. Successful completion satisfies the certification requirements of the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. This course will enable students through knowledge and skill developments, to meet the needs of most situations in which emergency first aid care for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is needed and medical assistance is not excessively delayed.
    2. The student will learn the definition of CPR and its fundamentals of breathing, circulation, cardiac arrest, life support and early warning signs.
    3. The student will learn the definition of basic life support, its description, artificial respiration and artificial circulation.
    4. The student will learn and practice the correct skills for basic life support.
    5. The student will learn the principles of external cardiac compressions (ECC).
    6. The student will learn and practice the correct skills associated with determining the need for CPR as well as the techniques of CPR.
    7. The student will develop the ability to determine the effectiveness of CPR.
    8. The student will develop the ability to determine the effectiveness of CPR.
    9. The student will develop the ability to effectively provide a precordial chest-thump, clear an airway, relieve gastric distention, maintain mouth-to-stoma resuscitation, and apply CPR during movement of the victim.
    10. The student will learn how to summon for help and assure rapid entrance of the victim into the emergency medical system (EMS).
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Introduction to CPR-Basic Life Support
      1. Definition of CPR
      2. Background
        1. Breathing and circulation
        2. Cardiac arrest
        3. Life support
        4. Early warning signs
    2. Basic Life Support
      1. Definition
      2. Description
      3. Artificial respiration
        1. Airway
        2. Infants and children
        3. Accident cases
      4. Artificial circulation
        1. Recognition of cardiac arrest
        2. Steps leading to recognition
        3. Description
      5. Skill Objectives-Basic Life Support
        1. Head tilt
        2. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
        3. Mouth-to-nose resuscitation
        4. Maintain effective breathing rate in both b and c above
        5. Perform jaw thrust maneuver
    3. Principles of External Cardiac Compression (ECC)
    4. Techniques of ECC
    5. CPR Technique for Infants and Children
    6. Proper CPR Sequence
    7. Complications and other Basic Principles of CPR
    8. Special resuscitation situations: drowning, electric shock, and crushed chest syndrome
    9. Skills
      1. Proper application of CPR sequence
      2. Administration of CPR technique for infants and children
    10. Supplementary Technique for Basic Life Support
      1. Pericardial chest thump
      2. Jaw Thrust
      3. Foreign bodies in the airway
      4. Gastric Distention
      5. CPR for larygectomies
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Department selected textbook or handouts provided. Details provided by the instructor of each course section.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
The class period is divided between mini-lectures and physical participation by students. Some portions of the class is dedicated to student presentations.

Review/Approval Date - 6/99