Lifesupporters Institute of Health Sciences
Govt. Recognized Heath Sector Skill Council (HSSC) Accredited institute

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (SVE) Certified – PGDEMS Course

Introduction and Course Objectives

The main goal of the Post Graduate Diploma in Emergency Medical Services Course is to produce highly efficient medical resource with the necessary knowledge, skill and attitude to manage in an effective manner, a wide range of clinical problems in Emergencies. Special emphasis are placed on the relatively common emergencies & train them for clinical skills, required to manage them at utmost importance.

As a result of training in this course, the medical professional should become competent in life saving emergency interventions during Pre Hospital and in Emergency care efficiently& promptly to save the critically ill patient within the golden hour that is most required.

In order to be considered a competent emergency medical resource, he must possess humanistic qualities, attitudes and behaviour necessary for the development of appropriate patient-healthcare professional relationship.

On successful completion of the course the participant will have highly demanding skills and competencies to work in the field of Pre hospital Emergency and Accident and Emergency Departments of Hospitals. The skills acquired during the course equip them to assess and manage medical and trauma emergencies at the pre-hospital and emergency department level. The versatile nature of training also makes a candidate of choice for employment in ‘A&E’ room of a hospital, EMS systems, and On-site clinics of the factories and off shore installations.

The course lays foundation for diverse kinds of skills and competencies relevant for the specific job-role. The course is designed as per standards set by industry.

This course will also teach him in working in and as a team, handle extremely stressful conditions and sharpen his decision-making capabilities.

The broad objectives of the course would be to create ready-to-be-employed workforce:

  • A thorough knowledge of clinical manifestations and principles of management of a large variety of medical and trauma related emergencies.
  • Skill and competence to choose for proper management of the patient.
  • Skill and competence in emergency interventions like defibrillation.
  • Skill and competence to function effectively in varied clinical settings, namely Pre Hospital, emergency/critical care, ambulatory care settings.
  • Skill and competence to take sound decisions regarding hospitalization, or timely referral to other hospitals for various care and recognizing his limitations in knowledge and skills in these areas.
  • Proficiency in selecting correct drug combinations for different clinical problems with thorough knowledge of their pharmacological effects, side-effects, interactions with the other drugs when then use it in the pre hospital settings.
  • Skill and competence to work cohesively in Resuscitation team along with Emergency Physicians & the Nursing staff personnel and maintain discipline and healthy interaction with the colleagues.
  • Skill and competence to communicate clearly and consciously, and teach other junior EMT’s & nurses, the practical clinical skills required for the practice of Emergency medicine.
  • Demonstrate setting of an ambulance for dealing with emergency situations
  • Practice infection control measures
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour, personal qualities and characteristics of a Emergency Personnel
  • Demonstrate good communication, communicate accurately and appropriately

Certifying Authority

TATA Institute of Social Sciences-School of Vocational Education (A deemed University established under UGC Act. 1956)

Eligibility Criteria

MBBS / BAMS / BHMS / BUMS / BDS/B.Sc. (Nursing)

Admission Procedure

The PGDEMS is a one-year course held on weekends. Admissions biannually: June and December. Candidate should submit the prescribed application form duly completed along with 3 passport sized photographs and an attested copy of the Degree / Registration Certificate on or before the prescribed last date.

Teaching Pattern of the Course

The course consist of 12 academic months, out of which initial 6 months is theoretical with hands on training on the mannequins. In the next 6 months, students are kept for supervised internship training in the Emergency Department, ICU and OT of P. D. Hinduja Hospital and MRC and in an Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulance. Being a weekend course, teaching will be conducted for 8 hours every weekend. i.e. Saturdays (1:30pm to 6:00pm) and on Sundays (9am to 1:30 pm) for the first 6 months.

To complete this course successfully, minimum attendance required is 75%

Course Syllabus:

MODULE 1 : Preparatory

  • EMS System – Roles and Responsibilities
  • The Well – being of the EMP
  • Injury Prevention
  • Medical / Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Overview of Human systems
  • General Principles of Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Venous Access and Medication Administration
  • Therapeutic communications

MODULE 2 : Patient Assessment

  • History taking
  • Techniques of Physical Examination
  • Patient Assessment
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Communication & Documentation

MODULE 3 : Airway Management and Ventilation

  • Airway Management and Ventilation

MODULE 4 : Trauma

  • Trauma Systems and Mechanism of Injury
  • Hemorrhage and Shock
  • Soft tissue trauma
  • Head and facial trauma
  • Spinal, Thoracic and Abdominal trauma
  • Musculoskeletal trauma

MODULE 5 : Medical

  • Pulmonary, Cardiology, Neurology and Gastroentrology
  • Endocrinology, Urology/ Renal
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis & Hematology
  • Toxicology and Environmental Conditions
  • Gynecology & Obstetrics
  • Infectious and Communicable Diseases
  • Behavioral and Psychiatric Disorders

MODULE 6 : Special Considerations

  • Neonatology & Pediatrics
  • Geriatrics, Abuse & Neglect
  • Patients with Special Challenges

MODULE 7 : Assessment – Based Management

  • Assessment Based Management

MODULE 8 : Operations

  • Ambulance operations
  • Medical Incident Command
  • Rescue Awareness and Operations
  • Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • Crime Scene Awareness