Presentation Description:

There is a good chance you were taught cellular physiology in a very academic manner.  This session will address cellular “action potentials” in a manner that is anything but academic.  Interactive case studies will illustrate how cellular action potentials can become an intuitive concept for every level of EMS provider.  More importantly, participants will understand how diseases influence cellular action potentials and outwardly reflect specific signs and symptoms in their patients.

Type of Session:  General or breakout session

Intended Audience:  ALS, BLS providers

Presentation Method:

– Lecture/Discussion
– Case studies

Presentation Length:  60 – 90 minutes

NCCP Category:  Individual Component

Presentation Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify the basic elements of cellular action potentials.
  • Participants will be able to describe why understanding cellular action potentials relates to all EMS providers.
  • Participants will be able to integrate the “School House Theory” into their understanding of normal and abnormal human physiology.
  • Participants will be able to describe how cellular physiology can be applied to their clinical practice.

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.
  • Historically, this topic is a difficult concept for EMS providers to understand and relate back to their clinical prac After implementing the School House Theory into our curriculum, students dramatically improved their understanding of cellular action potentials and better appreciate why this should be a common EMS concept.
  • Author a bi-monthly column for called “Fun with Physiology: Let’s Get Cellular.” The series is intended to simplify complex physiologic concepts and relate them back to the typical EMS provider.  This topic is the anchor article for the entire series.