2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EMS 262 EMS Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (1.5 credits)

Prerequisite Serve in a role as a provider involved in the delivery of trauma patient care.

Course Description
This course is designed for individuals with experience in the medical field as it relates to pre-hospital medical care. The Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) expands the scope of practice of current Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) to provide basic and advanced emergency trauma care. Training will include advanced airway techniques in a trauma patient, tourniquet application, needle decompression, wound packing, disabilities pertaining to traumatic brain injuries and spinal trauma, and other special considerations. Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.

Student Outcomes
1. Assess, evaluate and differentiate proper treatment modalities due to signs and symptoms of mechanism of injury.
2. Identify different traumatic emergencies and the evaluation of the mechanism of injury.
3. Demonstrate how to properly determine course of treatment for patients after completing a thorough patient assessment.
4. Apply fundamental knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and treatment modalities of trauma.
5. Form a treatment plan for traumatic injuries in relation to mechanism of injury and based on the index of suspicion as it relates to unseen life-threatening injuries.

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