Emergency Response Communication/Documentation - DRAFT

Course Number: EMS 113
Transcript Title: Emerg Resp Comm/Documentation
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 17, 2016
Total Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 20
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


EMS 105 and EMS 106

Course Description

Covers principles of therapeutic communication, verbal, written, and electronic communications in the provision of EMS; documentation of elements of patient assessment, care, and transport; communication systems, radio types, reports, codes, and correct techniques. Prerequisite: EMS 105 and EMS 106. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student should be able to:

  1. Perform the communication functions of the job of Paramedic.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The methods may include one or more of the following tools: written and practical skills examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, small group problem solving of questions arising from application of course concepts and concerns to actual experience, research and writing assignments, and role playing.

Course Activities and Design

The material in this course will be presented in lecture format. Other educationally sound methods may be employed such as discussion, guest lectures, role playing, group projects, and documentation exercises.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Communication
    1. Communication component of patient care
    2. Interview strategies
    3. Components of EMS radio and telephone systems
    4. State and federal regulations (including FCC regulations)
    5. 9-1-1 systems
    6. Dispatch center operations
    7. Interagency communication, e.g. Hear system, medical control, ecc
    8. Medical control
    9. New technologies in EMS communications
    10. Professional perception/credibility
  2. Documentation
    1. Uses of EMS documentation
    2. Principles of proper documentation
    3. Types of documentation, e.g. Written, electronic, recording/dictation
    4. Document revision and correction
    5. Documentation of patient refusals
    6. Special considerations considering mass casualty incident documentation
    7. Professional perception/credibility