Emergency Care: A Textbook for Paramedics

Emergency Care: A Textbook for Paramedics


By (author) Ian Greaves, By (author) Timothy J. Hodgetts, By (author) Keith Porter, By (author) Malcolm Woollard

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  • Publisher: Saunders (W.B.) Co Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 704 pages
  • Dimensions: 222mm x 277mm x 27mm | 2,000g
  • Publication date: 10 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0702025860
  • ISBN 13: 9780702025860
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 404 ills.
  • Sales rank: 398,003

Product description

This is a unique, comprehensive text for paramedics in the UK which has sold well in its first edition. It covers all areas of knowledge that paramedics are expected to be familiar with and the wide range of situations they will face. Each chapter is written by an expert practicing in the field. The book is designed to be as accessible as possible with important points highlighted in tinted panels, lists, tables, flow charts and mnemonics. It is highly illustrated to aid comprehension. It is widely accepted as the standard textbook for paramedic training in the UK.

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Table of contents

SECTION 1 SETTING THE SCENE. Scene approach and assessment. Approach to the patient. SECTION 2 RESUSCITATION SKILLS. Basic life support. Simple management of the airway and ventilation. Advanced management of the airway and ventilation. Intravenous access. SECTION 3 MEDICINE. Taking a medical history. Introduction to pharmacology. Respiratory emergencies. The heart: anatomy, physiology and the ECG. Monitoring and defibrillation. Cardiac arrest in adults: advanced life support. Cardiovascular emergencies. The unconscious patient. The acute abdomen. Poisoning. The risk of infection. SECTION 4 TRAUMA. Obtaining a trauma history. The primary and secondary survey. Shock. Head injuries. Facial injuries. Chest injuries. Abdominal and genitourinary trauma. Bone and joint injuries. Spinal injuries. Patient immobilization and extrication. Blast and gunshot injuries. Burns. Wound management. Overview of trauma resuscitation. SECTION 5 PAEDIATRICS. Obtaining a paediatric history. Assessment of the ill or injured child. The sick child. Paediatric cardiac arrest. The injured child. SECTION 6 CARE OF THE ELDERLY. The elderly patient. SECTION 7 THE HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT. Hypothermia. Near-drowning. Heat illness. Electrocution. Chemical incidents. Nuclear incidents. The sports arena. SECTION 8. RESCUE. Rescue from remote places. Aeromedical evacuation. SECTION 9 PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH. Childbirth. Emergencies in pregnancy. Trauma in pregnancy. Neonatal resuscitation and transport. SECTION 10. PSYCHIATRY. Substance abuse. The uncooperative or violent patient. Psychiatric emergencies. Coping with stress. SECTION 11 MAJOR INCIDENTS. The major incident: an overview. Triage. The ambulance service at mass gatherings.>br>SECTION 12 ADMINISTRATION, ETHICS AND THE LAW. Record-keeping in pre-hospital care. Communication and dispatch. Ethical and legal issues.