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Medical First Responder Program Description

Medical First Responder Course Description:

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"Medical First Responder" is a person who uses a limited amount of equipment to perform the initial assessment of and intervention with sick, wounded or otherwise incapacitated persons. 

To be licensed, as a Medical First Responder in Michigan, you must complete an approved course, pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians' Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Exam and apply to & be improved by State Department of Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services. 

Medical First Responder Curriculum

The student will learn about Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Lifespan Development, Pathophysiology and many other medical subjects.  As well as practical skills for various patient care situations.  The student will use this information, patient assessment and critical-thinking skills to care for simulated patients in the classroom setting.  This course is designed to challenge the Medical First Responder student to consider their roles & responsibilities, evaluate the care provided to patients and discover the why behind the care.  This is designed to prepare the student to care for sick, wounded or otherwise incapacitated persons. 

New Evidence-based medicine is featured throughout the course, including (but not limited to):

  • Oxygen Administration
  • Bleeding Control
  • Use of Spinal Backboard
  • Resuscitation 

Topics covered in this course are:

  • Introduction to EMS Systems
  • Legal and Ethical Principles of Emergency Care
  • Wellness and Safety of the Emergency Medical Responder
  • Introduction to Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Lifespan Development and Pathophysiology
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Principles of Lifting, Moving, and Positioning of Patients
  • Principles of Effective Documentation & Communication
  • Principles of Airway Management, Ventilation and Oxygen Therapy
  • Principles of Patient Assessment, Obtaining Medical History, Vital Signs and Monitoring Devices
  • Principles of Resuscitation
  • Caring for Cardiac, Respiratory and other Common Medical Emergencies
  • Caring for Environmental Emergencies
  • Caring for Soft-Tissue Injuries & Bleeding, Recognition and Care of Shock?
  • Caring for Muscle & Bone Injuries, Head & Spine Injuries and Chest & Abdominal Emergencies
  • Care During Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Caring for Infants and Children
  • Special Considerations for the Geriatric Patient
  • Introduction to EMS Operations and Hazardous Response, Multiple-Casualty Incidents, the Incident Command System, and Triage
  • Air Medical Transport Operations
  • Introduction to Terrorism Response and Weapons of Mass Destruction