EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AND TRAUMA SYSTEMS Syllabus
Course Learning ObjectivesAfter completing the course, the student will be able to : 1. Justify the need for regional systems of trauma and emergency medical services (EMS) 2. Summarize the principal milestones in the development of EMS and trauma systems in the US and discuss the role of federal and state governments in the establishment and maintenance of these systems 3. Define the principal components of an inclusive trauma system 4. Describe the current status of trauma systems in the US 5. Compare and contrast alternative models for the organization, management and delivery of pre-hospital and hospital services for care of the injured 6. Identify approaches for measuring the severity of injury and trauma casemix 7. Summarize and interpret the results of several major studies demonstrating the effectiveness of regional trauma systems 8. Assess the strengths and limitations of a study designed to evaluate EMS and trauma system performance 9. Evaluate current and future challenges in the delivery of trauma and EMS care 10. Formulate priorities in EMS and trauma systems research
Presents current research and program initiatives in pre-hospital and in-hospital care of the injured. Covers current program and policy issues related to the delivery of emergency medical services. Topics include technological advances in the acute care management of injuries, the regionalized approach to the delivery of emergency medical services, strategic planning for the financing of regionalized systems, manpower issues in the delivery of emergency care, to determinants and consequences of emergency department overcrowding and monitoring and appropriate methodologies for performance evaluation of trauma and EMS systems.
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on a paper and quiz.
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
Undergraduates must have completed the Introduction to Health Policy course taught on the Homewood campus prior to registering for this course.
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
Disability Support Services
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