Lesson 4.2: Respiratory Emergencies
By the end of this lesson, the EMT-Basic should be able to:
- Describe the structure and function of the respiratory system.
- State the signs and symptoms of breathing difficulty.
- Describe the emergency medical care of the patient with breathing difficulty.
- Recognize the need for medical direction to assist in the emergency medical care of the patient with breathing difficulty.
- Describe the emergency medical care of the patient with breathing distress.
- Establish the relationship between airway management and the patient with difficulty breathing.
- List the signs of adequate air exchange.
- State the generic name, medication forms, dose, administration, action, indications, and contraindications for the prescribed inhaler.
- Distinguish between the emergency medical care of the infant, child, and adult patient with breathing difficulty.
- Differentiate between upper airway obstruction and lower airway disease in the infant and child patient.
- Defend EMT-Basic treatment regimens for various respiratory emergencies.
- Explain the rationale for administering an inhaler.
- Demonstrate the emergency medical care for breathing difficulty.
- Perform the steps in facilitating the use of an inhaler.