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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:1 / 1.5
Course supervisor:Kaspars Šetlers
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Medicine
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Clinical Medicine


To teach students to handle emergency, life-threatening situations before the doctor arrives.
To inform about the structure and organisation of the civil protection in the country, as well as duties and measures to be taken in case of various disasters.


Preliminary knowledge of biology and chemistry (at secondary school level).

Learning outcomes


Knowledge of providing first aid in emergency situations as well as calling for assistance. Upon completion of the study course students will be able to perform the sequence of steps in examining the patient (victim) at the pre-hospital stage, will gain knowledge of how to stop bleeding and apply first aid measures for shock. They will learn basic principles for immobilization in cases of bone fractures and dislocations, for assistance in the event of burns, overheating, hypothermia and acute poisoning.
Knowledge of the structure, legal framework, organisation and management of the civil protection system; knowledge of the tasks, rights and duties of the government, local government, legal entities and natural persons in the field of civil protection; knowledge of hazardous objects, threat assessment, obligations and rights of owners or legal possessors; knowledge of the civil protection commissions of local governments; knowledge of civil protection planning; knowledge of hazardous substances, their classification and requirements for their storage and transportation; knowledge of requesting and provision of international assistance; on personal protective equipment in the event of a disaster; knowledge of specific legal regimes and behaviour on specific sites.


Students will be able to give emergency resuscitation, including basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation algorithm, to detect clinical and biological signs of death, to give first aid in case of foreign body aspiration, to apply manual methods of artificial respiration and use oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airway, to diagnose and stop external bleeding, as well as to demonstrate the ability to work according to the principles of teamwork within the scope of the own competence.
Upon completion of the study course, students will know how to identify various hazards and how to deal with different emergencies.


Provision of first aid, primary and secondary examination of the patient (victim) at the pre-hospital stage, situation analysis using the basic resuscitation algorithm and other first aid guidelines. Competence in civil protection matters.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2023, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, SSNMF1Master’sRequiredŅina Princeva, Elīna Ripa, Katrīna Rutka, Kaspars Šetlers, Anastasija Fjodorova, Ivars Vanadziņš, Mārtiņš Ansons
Medicine, MF1Master’sRequiredBaiba Arkliņa, Edgars Prozorovskis, Katrīna Rutka, Anastasija Fjodorova, Ivars Vanadziņš, Mārtiņš Ansons
Planning period:Year 2024, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, SSNMFz1Master’sRequired