The purpose of the Advanced Life Support Patient Care Standards (ALS PCS) is to guide the specifics of patient care that are to be undertaken consistent with the scope of practice of the three occupational levels of paramedics.

The courses within this section are intended to improve understanding of specific Medical Directives.

By the end of this lesson, the learner will be able to understand:
• Purpose of CVAD
• Types of CVAD
• CVAD access methods
• Potential complications of CVAD access

By the end of this lesson, the learner will be able to understand:
• Purpose of IO access
• Types of IO access
• IO access methods
• Potential complications of IO access

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to identify:
- Purpose for administration of dimenhydrinate (Gravol)
- How dimenhydrinate (Gravol) blunts nausea/vomiting
- How to administer dimenhydrinate (Gravol)
- The standing order medical directive for dimenhydrinate (Gravol) use

By the end of this lesson the learner will:
1. have received information about the three medications associated with this medical directive
2. have a good understanding of the medical directive
3. demonstrate knowledge of the medications, medical directive and procedures involved with the special events medical directives via knowledge assessment

By the end of this lesson, the learner will be able to understand:
• Purpose of Supraglottic Airway
• Types of Supraglottic Airways
• Supraglottic Airway insertion methods
• Indications/Contraindications of Supraglottic Airways
• Potential complications of Supraglottic Airways

By the end of this module, the learner will:

  • Understand the pathophysiology of an adrenal crisis
  • Understand the role of hydrocortisone in treating an adrenal crisis
  • Understand the procedure for reconstituting an "Act-o-Vial" which is typical of the home rescue kits
  • Understand the medical directive
  • Be able to calculate the drug dose for the medication