Health Sciences II
Health Sciences II
Recommended Grade Level: 11 - 12
Challenging. Variable. Rewarding. These three words can be used to describe many careers in the health sciences. In this course, you will learn more about what it takes to be a successful health science professional, including how to communicate with patients. You’ll explore the rights and responsibilities of both patients and health science professionals in patient care and learn more about how to promote wellness among patients and health care staffs. Finally, you’ll learn more about safety in health science settings and the challenges and procedures of emergency care, infection control, and blood-borne pathogens.
Completing this course requires some hands-on training in basic first aid. Unit 7 discusses emergency care, and this training will prepare you to administer basic emergency care. This will require you to go out into your community and find facilities that provide training in the following:
- Cardio pulmonary respiration (CPR): This is the technique used to restart the heart in the event of a heart attack or other cardiac emergency.
- Automated external defibrillator (AED): Defibrillators are also used to restart the heart, they do so by administering an electric shock. They are often found in public places, like schools, where they are easily accessible in case of an emergency.
- Foreign body airway obstruction (FBOA): These techniques help someone who is choking. The Heimlich maneuver is one strategy for dislodging something stuck in an airway.
- Basic first aid: This will provide basic information about how to treat a head injury, stop bleeding, handle a broken bone, etc.
While the resources available will depend on where you live, in most areas the American Red Cross provides training that covers all of the skills listed for a low cost. It is important that you start looking for classes in your community where you can fulfill these requirements at the beginning of the course since you need to have the training complete by the end of the course, and classes may not be available every week. If your local Red Cross office does not have classes that will work, a local hospital is another good resource for basic first and emergency aid classes. You can also look for private organizations that provide this kind of basic first aid training. Your instructor can offer suggestions about where to find classes if none of these options are available. Once you have located an appropriate class, let your instructor know that you have made arrangements to fulfill this requirement.