COLIN PRIEST ’17
Student helps save life on first ride along with fire department
A paramedic has a level of knowledge, skill, and treatment capabilities that are significantly beyond those of an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and which can dramatically improve a patient’s outcome at the hospital. In response to the need for these uniquely trained emergency medical care professionals, the University of New Haven developed its paramedicine program. This program will prepare you to become a new breed of first responder – one who holds dual certification as both a firefighter and as a paramedic.
Hands-on learning will be a major part of your education. You’ll ride along with ambulance services and take patients’ vitals. You’ll practice doing chest compressions and starting IV lines on high-fidelity mannequins. You’ll become part of teams who care for patients in whatever medical emergency unfolds. The goal of the paramedicine program is to make your education as real-world as it gets.
Please be aware, during the clinical rotations students will be working within a healthcare environment, which has the potential for exposure to airborne and bloodborne pathogens. Each student is responsible for maintaining healthcare insurance which can cover treatment and follow-up care in the event of an exposure. In addition to the vaccination and medical requirements, facial hair is not permitted in clinical nor field settings, as it will interfere with proper fitting of respiratory protection.
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EMS System Coordinator
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This course is designed to lay the groundwork for drug administration to patients. The students are introduced to drug pharmacokinetics including absorption, distribution, biotransformation, excretion, elimination, tolerance, and dependence. The basics of pharmacology will also be covered in this module. Students practice medication administration via oral, parenteral, and inhaled routs in the lab. This includes practicing IV and other access routes in class and then in clinical experience. Dosage calculations are practiced in class, independently, and on an ongoing basis throughout the other modules. While an overview of major drug groups is included, the specific drugs used in the pre-hospital setting will be covered in their respective modules. The clinical portion will include time in the pharmacy or paired with the Emergency Ward pharmacist, starting IVs and administering medications in the hospitals. This course may be taught through a special agreement with the Yale New Haven Sponsor Hospital Program.
This course covers both life-threatening and minor pre-hospital trauma care. It will include advanced provider certification in Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PhTLS). The PHTLS provider certification will be integrated with current advanced trauma management for all major body systems with extensive coverage of multi-systems and musculoskeletal trauma. NHSHP presents the Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Course as developed by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians in cooperation with the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. The clinical portion will include time in the Emergency Department and with the Trauma Team. This course may be taught through a special agreement with the Yale New Haven Sponsor Hospital Program.
This module discusses the various kinds of psychological problems the paramedic might encounter. Emphasis is placed on crisis-induced states that the paramedic will confront when dealing with emergency situations. Critical incident stress and effective handling of provider stress will be discussed. In addition, the student will gain an understanding of various psychoses and neuroses and will learn how to differentiate between psychiatric and organic causes of behavioral change. Procedures and techniques for handling psychiatric emergencies are included. The clinical portion includes time in a psychiatric facility and the psychiatric crisis unit of the emergency department. This course may be taught through a special agreement with the Yale New Haven Sponsor Hospital Program.
Exploring the unique aspects of dealing with and assessing pediatric patients, this course emphasizes growth and development issues. This course concentrates on the appropriate means of communicating with, assessing, and treating the pediatric patient in various stages of development. It also includes the pathophysiology and management of problems that are primarily seen in pediatric patients including asthma, bronchiololitis, croup, epiglottis, sudden infant death syndrome, and seizures. Students will gain a general understanding of children with special needs and “high technology” children. The issues of abuse and pediatric trauma are also covered. In addition, the module discusses the role of the paramedic in a system that provides neonatal transport. The specific skills included are pediatric resuscitation, IV techniques, intraosseous infusions, tracheal intubation, and surgical airways in the child patient. Upon successful completion of this module, students are certified in PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) and PEPP (Pediatric Emergencies for the Prehospital Professional). The clinical portion includes time in pediatric care areas including the pediatric emergency room. This course may be taught through a special agreement with the Yale New Haven Sponsor Hospital Program.
The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing an Associate in Science or a Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine, check out the Academic Catalog:
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