Critical Care Paramedic Course to be Offered

Vanderbilt LifeFlight has teamed up with Volunteer State Community College to offer a critical care paramedic course, which will teach students how to provide ongoing care of a critically injured or ill patient during an inter-facility transport and other special situations.

Some of those advanced skills that will be taught include management of tracheotomy tubes, cardiac interventions, initiation and management of ventilators, as well as chest tubes.

As one of the nations most highly respected critical care transport programs, LifeFlight is very proud to be able to team up with one of the regions best EMS education programs to offer this exceptional learning experience, said Jeanne Yeatman, R.N., EMT, director of Vanderbilt LifeFlight. Paramedics who are selected to participate will learn from some of the best practitioners and teachers in the critical care field.

Jeremy Brywczynski, M.D., will serve as the program's medical director.Instructors for the class will include faculty from Vanderbilts School of Medicine, Vanderbilt LifeFlight and Volunteer State Community Colleges (Vol State) Health Science Center of Emphasis and EMS Education program. Continuing education credit will be given through Vol States Health Science Center of Emphasis. Jeremy Brywczynski, M.D., an emergency medicine faculty member at Vanderbilt and medical director for LifeFlight, will serve as the programs medical director.

This is an exciting opportunity, especially for paramedics that work in rural areas and are faced with the management of difficult patients with long transport times, said Kyla Webb, director of Vol States Health Science Center of Emphasis.

In addition to classroom instruction, each student will be required to spend more than 40 hours in clinical rotations, which will include time spent flying with LifeFlight, as well as Vanderbilt s Trauma Center, Burn Center and Medical Intensive Care Unit. The course involves more than 150 classroom and clinical hours.

The Department of Healths Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Board granted the approval in June based on a recommendation from the Tennessee Department of Health Division of Emergency Medical Services.

Twelve students will be selected to participate in the class. In order to be considered, a candidate must be a currently licensed paramedic by the State of Tennessee, have two years experience as a paramedic, and have their BLS, ACLS, advanced pediatric course and advanced trauma course certifications. Applicants will be screened with a pre-test and an interview process.

More information and course application is available at