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Handling Medical Emergencies

If a member of your family suffered a medical emergency you could certainly call for trained emergency medical responders, but what would you do while you're waiting for them to arrive? Every second counts during a medical emergency.

This course will identify common medical emergencies affecting children and adults, help you recognize signs and symptoms, and teach you how to render appropriate emergency care. Recognizing the early signs and symptoms of common medical conditions and providing appropriate treatment can mean a better outcome for the patient and can greatly reduce the seriousness of the illness, which means a shorter hospital stay and lower medical costs. It's also very satisfying to know how to help someone in a time of need!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Handling Medical Emergencies Details + Objective

Course Code: hme

You Will Learn
  • Learn to identify common medical emergencies based on their signs and symptoms
  • Learn how to recognize and manage chest pain, heart attack, stroke, diabetic problems, seizures, breathing difficulty, burns, and allergic reactions in adults
  • Learn about poisoning, fever, childhood illnesses, injuries from accidents, and the signs of abuse in children
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn how to effectively help someone in an emergency situation
  • Gain peace of mind knowing that you can respond appropriately if family or friends find themselves dealing with an emergency
  • Experience reduced stressed and a greater sense of helpfulness should an emergency occur
Handling Medical Emergencies Outline
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Week 1

Explore how you can help in an emergency situation without exposing yourself to legal liability. Learn how to make sure you stay safe at the scene of an emergency—from watching out for traffic and identifying hazards, to protecting yourself from transmitted diseases. And, discover the ABCs of emergency care so you'll know what steps to take in order to help someone in need.

Week 2

Learn what causes heart disease, the leading cause of death in US adults, and how you and your family can prevent it from happening to yourselves. Address choking and breathing problems, the leading causes of accidental deaths in children. You'll also learn about asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, and carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Week 3

Discuss concussions, head injuries, seizures, and strokes. You'll see how the pupils of the eyes give you important information about brain function, and how to recognize the signs of a stroke, one of the most common events leading to adult disability. Then, go over what happens when you injure your skin. You'll see how to stop all types of bleeding and how to treat all types of burns, including electrical, chemical, thermal, and even severe sunburns!

Week 4

Learn how to recognize and treat shock caused by infections, allergic reactions, bleeding, breathing problems, diabetes, heart problems, spinal injuries, and simple fainting. Then, go in depth to learn about underlying medical problems such as diabetes, gallstones, hepatitis, appendicitis, and kidney stones. 

Week 5

Learn how poisoning occurs in almost 3 million children each year—how it gets into the body through absorption, inhalation, ingestion, or injection. Most important, you'll learn what to do and what not to do before medical help arrives at your house. Then, explore fractures, sprains, and strains, as well as how to handle neck and back injuries without causing further harm to your patient.

Week 6

Learn how children react to injury and illness, and how you can interact with them during the various stages they go through as they grow up. Explore common childhood emergencies such as infection, fever, and seizures, and examine the early warning signs of substance abuse among teenagers. Finally, you’ll learn about illnesses common to children—croup, epiglottitis, asthma, and meningitis; and close by discussing the nationwide problem of child neglect and abuse. 

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Handling Medical Emergencies Instructors
Bryan Scyphers

Bryan Scyphers is a Nationally Registered Paramedic who has provided emergency medical care for over 35 years. A former student trainer for Virginia Tech's football team and a trainer with the San Francisco Giants baseball organization, he is also experienced in sports medicine. Bryan holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education, has taught pre-hospital emergency medicine at the college level for many years, and has trained hundreds of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. He has responded to over 8,000 calls for medical assistance and currently serves with the US Department of Health and Human Services' National Disaster Medical System, responding to natural and man-made disasters throughout the country.

Handling Medical Emergencies Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Handling Medical Emergencies Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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