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Virtual Patient Encounters is a breakthrough in EMS education! Users can get real-world prehospital experience without leaving the classroom or home! The Virtual Patient Encounters learning triad - a textbook, interactive patient simulation software, and a study guide that ties everything together - offers a state-of-the-art tool for developing critical thinking skills. Users can apply what they're learning in Paramedic Practice Today: Above and Beyond on 15 virtual patients in a variety of prehospital environments. It's an incredible opportunity to make real patient care decisions in a safe environment!
  • An extraordinary study guide helps students take the knowledge they learn in Paramedic Practice Today: Above and Beyond, and apply it to 15 complex patient care scenarios in a virtual prehospital setting – promoting mastery of NSC competencies.
  • Two different types of lessons are included in each VPE study guide: preparatory (foundational) lessons and summative lessons to ensure that students can benefit from the study guide exercises throughout their class, not just as a summary tool.
  • The preparatory lessons cover a particular topic by using multiple cases. The lesson on patient assessment, for example, is a preparatory lesson that covers multiple cases in the software.
  • Summative lessons parallel the clinical chapters in the textbook and demonstrate the student’s ability to manage particular medical or trauma conditions.
  • Interactive patient care simulation software is used for each study guide lesson, featuring scenario-setting videos, virtual assessment tools, treatment protocols, emergency drug information, intervention wizards, and more.
  • Serves as a bridge between the classroom and clinicals, so students truly understand how theory applies to situations they’ll face in the real world.
  • Realistic, emerging conditions of the patient are a direct result of students’ interventions (student's interventions can and will change the patient's condition).
  • Hands-on learning makes it easy for audio, visual, and kinesthetic learners.
  • Prepares students for clinicals by removing the risk of harming real patients and builds their confidence throughout the course.
  • Makes assessment of students easy because instructors can gauge student comprehension and ability to think critically through study guide exercises and logs from the software.
  • Provides the opportunity for class discussion on the same patient so the entire class can discuss learning points of each virtual patient and their outcomes.

How the learning triad works:
  • Faculty assign a lesson in the study guide.
  • The study guide directs student to Paramedic Practice Today: Above and Beyond for a reading assignment - to ensure they understand the concepts before they apply them.
  • Students then go to the case on the CD-ROM that's indicated in the study guide.
  • After listening to a realistic dispatch, students watch a video of the initial approach to the patient.
  • The study guide directs students through the software to create specific experiences relevant to text content.
  • Students begin on-scene care by choosing from 21 appropriate assessments including ECG.
  • Once assessments are performed, students can choose from over 30 interventions.
  • Interventions even include medication administration.
  • Patients respond to interventions with realistic emerging conditions that are a direct result of the students' care decisions.
  • Throughout the software, students will be working in the study guide to complete activities, while they are also able to utilize both a Drug Reference tool and Protocols.
  • Students also decide when to transport the patient.
  • Throughout the software lesson, the software keeps a summary log of assessments, findings, and interventions, which can be saved and printed or sent electronically to faculty for evaluation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323049207
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/29/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Summative Lessons Listed by Case

Case #1: 20-year-old male – difficulty breathing (Lesson 23)

Case #2: 56-year-old female – fell (Lesson 20)

Case #3: 7-year-old female – seizure (Lesson 25)

Case #4: 64-year-old male – unknown medical (Lesson 22)

Case #5: 40-year-old male – vomiting blood (Lesson 26)

Case #6: 16-year-old female – unknown medical (Lesson 24)

Case #7: 8-year-old male – submersion (Lesson 32)

Case #8: 38-year-old male – suicide attempt (Lesson 28)

Case #9: 22-year-old female – assault (Lesson 29)

Case #10: 25-year-old female – abdominal pain (Lesson 30)

Case #11: 32-year-old male – gunshot wounds (Lesson 17)

Case #12: 57-year-old male – man down (Lesson 27)

Case #13: 5-month-old male – unresponsive (Lesson 33)

Case #14: 65-year-old male – difficulty breathing (Lesson 21)

Case #15: 42-year-old male – difficulty breathing (Lesson 19)

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