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What would you do 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. Recognizing the early signs and symptoms of common medical conditions and providing appropriate treatment can mean a better outcome for the patient. Early recognition and intervention 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.
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. For adults, you will learn how to recognize and manage chest pain, heart attack, stroke, diabetic problems, seizures, breathing difficulty, burns, and allergic reactions. For children, you will also learn about poisoning, fever, childhood illnesses, injuries from accidents, and the signs of abuse.
Course Revised September 2015
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.
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.
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This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions. The instructor for this course will be 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.
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.
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