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University of Colorado System

Emergency Care: Pregnancy, Infants, and Children

University of Colorado System via Coursera


Welcome to the final course of lectures in your quest to master EMT basics. In this course, we will cover some of the highest-stress patient populations: pregnant patients and kids, also known as pediatrics. To wrap up your EMT knowledge we will end this course with information about hazmat situations, extricating patients from tight spots and finally how you write a note about your patient care. You will learn to ensure it communicates what your assessment of the patient was, what interventions you performed and why you did them.

You will build on your knowledge of anatomy, patient assessment and scene safety to develop an approach to these new patient populations. We will walk through the things that make pregnant patients and pediatric patients different but also what makes them the same as all the patients you care for.

Prepare yourself for some noisy kids, some uncomfortable moms and hopefully a lot of fun learning new things.


  • Pregnancy, Labor, and Delivery
    • In the next few lessons, you will learn about some basics of pregnancy as well as the care of the pregnant patient all the way through delivery of a baby. While it might seem crazy, part of your scope of practice is an emergency delivery!
  • Neonatal Care and Pediatric Basics
    • Next up is learning how to manage the newly born baby. Depending on the gestational age, the prenatal care and the delivery, the newborn can present in a variety of ways. You will learn a progression of interventions to help with your care of newborns. After learning about how to assess and manage the newborn, we will move on to the wide and wild world of kids, along with some tips and tricks for getting the info you need without all the tears.
  • Pediatric Pathology and Intervention
    • In this module, we are going to cover some pediatric specific problems that affect the different body systems. We will focus on diseases that are mostly found in the pediatric population and will refer you back to prior lessons to refresh on those things that affect all populations. We will also review in more detail some of the anatomic and developmental changes that occur during childhood that can impact your care for certain conditions.
  • Other Things To Know As An EMT
    • We’ll be finishing off the course with a few more crucial skills and concepts to round out your EMT education. These are the odds and ends that bring everything together.

Taught by

Arthur Pliaconis, Whitney Barrett, MD, Angela Wright, MD and Kathrine Lopez

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  • This is an excellent review of practical concepts on emergency obstetric and newborn care, as well as pediatric emergencies and other "niche" concerns that do not seem to fit neatly in any of the other courses in the Coursera Specialization where this offering belongs. The references and cheat sheets are particularly noteworthy.

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