Presentation Description:

Understanding various cardiac medications that influence the pathophysiology of patients suffering from cardiac conditions is important for EMS providers.  This session provides a simple and understandable approach to how cardiac medications affect patients.  Although these concepts are ALS emphasized, BLS providers with basic knowledge of cardiac medications will benefit from this presentation as well.

Type of Session:  General or breakout session

Intended Audience:  Primarily ALS, BLS providers with a basic understanding of cardiac medications

Presentation Method: 

– Lecture/Discussion

Presentation Length:  60 – 90 minutes

NCCP Category:

– Congestive heart failure
– Acute coronary syndrome
– Medication delivery

Presentation Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe the process associated with cellular action potentials.
  • Participants will be able to differentiate between the four classes of cardiac antidysrhythmic medications.
  • Participants will be able to discuss how cardiac medications influence cardiac pathophysiology.

What makes me qualified to present this topic?

  • Lead Instructor for one of the largest accredited paramedic programs in the Rocky Mountain Region. Have refined and cultivated this presentation by teaching this subject within our curriculum to over 70 paramedic candidates annually.
  • The delivery of this topic can be easily over-complicated. Based upon my experience as a clinical educator, I have developed a perspective that makes this information much easier to digest and assimilate.
  • Author a bi-monthly column for called “Fun with Physiology: Let’s Get Cellular.” This series is intended to simplify complex physiologic concepts and relate them back to the typical EMS provider.  The series has been founded upon much of the information within this presentation.