Lost in the Desert!
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Students learn about the interconnectedness of the body, with a particular focus on the skin as one of the most important homeostatic organ systems, in this case study in which the protagonist sets out on a three-hour drive across the Arizona desert to meet his fiancee in California, and never shows up. The case was designed to be used with students in a lower-level anatomy and physiology class who are interested in pursuing careers in nursing, occupational therapy, and other health related fields.
- Elucidate the importance of electrolyte and fluid control in the normal body: hypovolemia, circulation (in an introductory way), brain functions, sweat formation.
- Accurately describe the skin’s role in thermoregulation.
- Explain the roles and formation of melanin and vitamin D in the skin.
KeywordsThermoregulation; thermal regulation; homeostasis; hypovolemia; heat stroke; dehydration; electrolyte; skin; melanin; Vitamin D
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division
Type / MethodsDirected
Subject HeadingsPhysiology | Biology (General) | Nursing |