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Iowa Western Community College

Critical Care Paramedic

This course designed to provide qualified individuals with increased knowledge and skills to transport critically injured/ill patients from one healthcare facility to another. Topics covered will include medicolegal issues, electrocardiography, renal failure & dialysis, critical care team approach, head injury and pressure monitoring, arterial lines, invasive airways, central lines, Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome, critical lab values, pharmacology, and ventilators.                                                    

Prerequisite: Iowa Paramedic Specialist certification, a valid healthcare provider CPR card, and at least one year of experience and 250 patient contacts as a Paramedic (98).

At the completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Integrate concepts of cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology into the assessment and management of the adult critical care patient.
  • Formulate a treatment plan to include pharmacological, electrical and mechanical interventions for the patient with a cardiovascular and respiratory compromise.
  • Integrate the pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to implement a treatment plan for the multiple organ dysfunction patient.
  • Manage the patient with central venous access catheter (CVAC) and/or total parenteral nutrition (TPN).

Iowa Western Community College Paramedic program, on the Council Bluffs campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Clearwater, FL 33756

To contact CoAEMSP:
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Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992