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Approx. 13 hours to complete
Subtitles: English, Arabic

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

3 hours to complete

Cardiac Arrest and Shock

3 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 65 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
15 videos
States of Shock and Principles of Resuscitation56s
Introduction to Shock1m
Categories of Shock5m
Stages of Shock4m
Evaluation and Treatment of Shock7m
Cardiac Arrest Overview4m
Cardiac Arrest Principles5m
High Performance Resuscitation6m
Other Cardiac Arrest Considerations4m
Automated External Defibrillators (AED)4m
Chest Compressions4m
High Performance CPR6m
Epinephrine Auto-injector1m
Bag Valve Mask (BVM)4m
5 readings
About Us: Become an EMT Specialization Team at Denver Health Paramedics5m
Course Information10m
Categories of Shock15m
High Performance CPR40m
NREMT - AED Checklist10m
1 practice exercise
Cardiac Arrest and Shock Assessment30m

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Toxicology and Substance Abuse

3 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 56 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
11 videos
Common Substances of Abuse: Alcohol4m
Common Substances of Abuse: Stimulants, Opiates, and Cannabis5m
Other Substances of Abuse4m
The Assessment of the Poisoned Patient6m
Treatment of the Poisoned Patient5m
Psychiatric Diseases7m
Behavioural Emergencies6m
Managing the Violent Patient6m
Intramuscular Medication Administration2m
Intranasal Medication Administration3m
4 readings
Common Substances of Abuse20m
Other Substances of Abuse10m
Psychiatric Diseases10m
Behavioural Emergencies50m
1 practice exercise
Toxicology and Substance Abuse Assessment30m

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Not All Who Wander Are Tox

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 45 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
Environmental Emergencies3m
Hypothermic Patient3m
Management of the Hypothermic Patient5m
Hyperthermic Patient4m
When Lightning Strikes2m
Altitude and Water5m
Geriatric Patients9m
Patient with Special Challenges7m
4 readings
Wilderness & Environmental Medicine45m
Geriatric Patient30m
1 practice exercise
Not All Who Wander Are Tox Assessment30m

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Blood and Guts

4 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 56 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
My Stomach Hurts6m
Digestive Tract Disorders8m
Liver Disease and the Aorta6m
Renal Emergencies7m
Ovaries and Testes8m
Abdominal Pain7m
Blood Disorders6m
What We've Learned So Far1m
6 readings
Referred Pain10m
Renal Emergencies10m
Abdominal Pain10m
Anatomy of the Abdomen45m
Practice Assessment (Optional)1h
1 practice exercise
Blood and Guts Assessment30m



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About the Become an EMT Specialization

Health care is an exciting and ever growing profession that can take you many different directions. You can apply the fundamentals you learn here about emergent patient care, stabilization, and disease processes toward becoming an EMT or further health care pursuits. In this specialization you will learn to care for stable and unstable patients before they get to a hospital, how to identify time sensitive diseases, and medical and traumatic conditions that affect both adults and pediatric patients. Course 1 ensures you can assess a scene and prepare to provide care, understand the framework for patient assessment, history of emergency medical services, and the personal requirements to be an EMT. Course 2 addresses airway, breathing and circulation, medications and medication administration that EMTs are allowed to provide, and how to identify a patient having a stroke or diabetic emergency. Course 3 covers skills related to high performance CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, toxicology, and wilderness emergency medicine. Course 4 will offer skills for trauma emergencies and Course 5 focuses pregnancy, infants and pediatrics. Essential skills are demonstrated throughout the specialization. Finally, apply the course materials to real patient scenarios in the Capstone to help prepare you for national registry testing....
Become an EMT

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