Best online course I have taken so far. Learned a lot of useful information. I will actually be able to use the knowledge from this course in my life.
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this course, and how much useful information I learned! I feel much better prepared in my home and classroom to handle emergency situations that may arise. As an instructor, I think you did a great job of coming up with good discussion area questions and assignments. I always felt like you were interested in our answers, and I enjoyed answering the assignments. Thanks for making me a safer mom and teacher!
I have enjoyed the course thoroughly and feel very confident that, as a teacher, I could handle any medical emergency that comes my way.
I have gained so much information from the lessons. I was even able to recognize the first sign of my son having an asthma attack. Being able to know what to do and not be afraid but confident makes me feel happy. Thank you for all the knowledge!
I think this course was one of the best I have taken. The information it provides is invaluable for all. I would highly recommend it to everyone. I have gained so much insight in handling emergencies. Thank you!
I thoroughly enjoyed this course!! I think that the instructor is very knowledgeable in all areas of medical emergencies. I have learned so much valuable information. I made copies of the lessons so that I could have a manual in case I needed help with certain emergency situations. Once again, thanks for the great course!!
Not only would I recommend this class, I think it should be mandatory for everyone to take. This professor is the most awesome instructor of education I have yet to meet. I loved every minute of his class. I learned more here than I did while taking CPR and First Aid for over 12 years. I wish he had more classes in my field, I would take every one of them. Thank you so much for this instructor.
This course was very helpful, informative, and exciting. I am sure that I would like to continue a formal training in emergency medicine. Thanks!
After over 30 years of nursing, I learned at least one new fact in each lesson. This is a great indication of an excellent course. Bryan was an excellent instructor and I definitely will suggest the course to friends as a great resource for review.
I took this course after suffering a home emergency I was unprepared to handle. I believe if faced with the situation again, I am better equipped to make the right decision.
Course Code: hme
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
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.
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.
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.