PHED 2006

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Catalog Description

The course covers the technical skills necessary to provide emergency first aid and CPR to the victims of accidents and sudden illness.  Additionally, this course covers principles of safety and injury prevention.  Students who successfully complete the requirements of the course and of The American Heart Association are eligible to receive certification in CPR.


First Aid: Responding to Emergencies by American Red Cross, Mosby Lifeline publisher, (newest edition)

Expected Educational Results

As a result of successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. State the definition of first aid and its role and value in helping one’s self and others.
  2. State behaviors which promote a healthy lifestyle.
  3. List the Emergency Action Principles.
  4. List and successfully perform the steps for an unconscious person.
  5. List the steps in the check of a conscious person.
  6. Identify the basic causes of the following medical emergencies and state the definitions of, the signs and

      symptoms of and the first aid procedures for each.
      Bleeding and shock
      Soft tissue injuries
      Musculoskeletal injuries
      Injuries to the head and spine
      Injuries to the chest, abdomen & pelvis
      Injuries to the extremities
      Poisoning, bites & stings
      Sudden illnesses
      Substance misuse & abuse
      Heat & cold emergencies
      People with special needs
  7. Describe traumatic shock, its signs and symptoms and state the preventive care and first aid treatment for

  8. List standard methods of rescuing victims from life-threatening situations, and the acceptable methods of

      transferring victims to safety.
  9. State the causes and signs & symptoms of respiratory emergencies, and successfully perform rescue

       breathing on the infant, child & adult manikins.
10. List the controllable & uncontrollable risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.
11. State the causes, signs & symptoms of cardiovascular emergencies and successfully perform CPR on the

       infant, child & adult manikins.
12. State the causes, signs & symptoms of an obstructed airway and successfully perform the Heimlich


       for conscious adults and children.
13. Successfully perform appropriate first aid procedures for unconscious victims with obstructed airways on the

       child and adult manikins.
14. Successfully perform appropriate first aid procedures on the infant manikins for both a conscious and

       unconscious infant with an obstructed airway.
15. List basic rules of safety in the home.
16. Utilize current technology and/or access specific web sites for professional interests, research, and the

      preparation of course materials.

General Education Outcomes

I. Students develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the following ways:
  1. They develop their speaking skills through peer group activities, class discussions and oral presentations

       while demonstrating emergency procedures for victims of accidents and illnesses.
  2. They develop their listening skills through note taking in class, responding to oral and technical


       and from peer group activities in class.
  3. They develop their reading skills through comprehension of textbook materials and the evaluation of

       secondary sources.
  4. They develop their writing skills by planning, and revising short reports and essays.

II.   Students demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the following ways:
  1. They must analyze accident-related emergencies and demonstrate the proper sequence and technique for

  2. They must evaluate a variety of signs and symptoms for sudden illnesses and determine appropriate

       prevention and first aid procedures.
  3. They must apply their knowledge of first aid and CPR on written exams and in class activities.

III.   Students apply the basic concepts of health and wellness and utilize activities to promote health and fitness

       in the following ways:
  1. They learn the risk factors for specific illnesses and diseases ad strategies for minimizing those risk factors.
  2. They learn basic safety and prevention factors, which impact their health, wellness and fitness.
  3. They learn the basic life-saving skills of rescue breathing, CPR, clearing and obstructed airway and

      controlling severe bleeding all of which impact health and wellness.

Course Content

  1. Introduction
  2. Body systems
  3. Checking the victim
  4. Breathing emergencies
  5. Cardiac emergencies
  6. Bleeding
  7. Shock
  8. Soft tissue injuries
  9. Musculoskeletal injuries
10. Injuries to the extremities
11. Injuries to the head, neck and back
12. Injuries to the chest, abdomen and pelvis
13. Sudden illnesses
14. Poisoning
15. Bites and stings
16. Substance misuse and abuse
17. Heat and cold exposure
18. Reaching and moving victims
19. People with special needs
20. Childbirth
21. Current technology appropriate to access course information and to prepare and submit course materials.

To meet certification requirements established by the American Red Cross, students may not miss more than 10% of class time, must score 80 or above on all of the written exams, and must satisfactorily complete all practicals.