First Responder

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback w/CD
  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This classic text has successfully trained first Responder students for over 25 years. It is the ideal resource for fire service, law enforcement, militray, civil, industrial, and emergency personal seeking First Responder training. The 7th Edition provides solid and thorough coverage of the First Responder National Standard Curriculum and retains features that both students and instructors have relied upon for years, including flow-of-care diagrams and a clear, straightforward reading style.

Table of Contents

Preparatoryp. 1
Introduction to EMS Systemsp. 1
Legal and Ethical Issuesp. 17
Well-Being of the First Responderp. 33
The Human Bodyp. 53
Lifting, Moving, and Positioning Patientsp. 67
Airwayp. 93
Airway Managementp. 93
Patient Assessmentp. 135
Assessment of the Patientp. 135
Circulationp. 181
CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)p. 181
Illness and Injuryp. 227
Medical Emergenciesp. 227
Bleeding, Shock, and Soft-Tissue Injuriesp. 281
Muscle and Bone Injuriesp. 351
Childbirth and Childrenp. 419
Childbirthp. 419
Infants and Childrenp. 454
EMS Operationsp. 497
Gaining Access and Hazards on the Scenep. 497
Multiple-Casualty Incidents, Triage, and the Incident Management Systemp. 525
Determining Blood Pressurep. 541
Breathing Aids and Oxygen Therapyp. 547
Pharmacologyp. 559
Swimming and Diving Incidentsp. 569
Response to Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destructionp. 577
First Responder Roles and Responsibilitiesp. 581
Glossaryp. 583
Indexp. 597
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THE FIRST RESPONDER PROGRAM First Responder courses are designed to meet training needs in local communities. While all First Responder courses meet the same National Standard Curriculum objectives, jurisdictions may require that prerequisites be met before enrolling in the course. For the most part, emergency care procedures remain the same from EMS system to EMS system. However, many EMS programs may require completion of American Heart Association (AHA) CPR, or basic life support, before entering a First Responder program. While CPR guidelines are undergoing changes for the layperson, this textbook includes the most recent AHA guidelines for the emergency care provider, at the time of printing. AED procedures are also included in the CPR chapter. AED has become an important part of basic life support, and many public facilities are beginning to place them on the premises and train their personnel in their use. The content of the 7th edition is summarized below, with emphasis on "what's new" in each unit of this edition: UNIT I, PREPARATORY: CHAPTERS 1-5 The first unit sets a framework for all the units that follow by introducing essential concepts, information, and skills. The EMS system and the role of the First Responder within the system are introduced. Issues of First Responder safety, well-being, and legal and ethical issues are covered. So are basic anatomy and physiology and techniques of safe lifting and moving. What's New in the Preparatory Unit? In Chapter 1,Introduction to EMS Systems: "First Responder" is defined in relation to other rescue personnel who may be among the first on the scene of an emergency. List of patient-related duties has been expanded to include confidentiality and patient advocacy. Using an AED and working under direction of Incident Commander has been added to the list of First Responder skills. Appropriate barriers (masks and gloves) is now included in the list of DOT-recommended equipment. N-95 respirator has been added to the list of personal protective equipment. In Chapter 2,Legal and Ethical Issues: Difference between scope of care and standard of care is explained more fully. Documentation of refusal of care has been given more emphasis. "Vial of Life" is included as an example of a medical identification device. In Chapter 3,Well-Being of the First Responder: Information on stress has been folded into this chapter. It includes discussion of stressors, burnout, and long- and short-term stress. The term "critical incident stress management" has been added. In Chapter 4,The Human Body: Supine, prone, and lateral recumbent positions are now included in the discussion of terms. In Chapter 5,Lifting, Moving, and Positioning Patients: Full-body spinal immobilization devices and pedi-boards are included in , the list of equipment used to move patients. UNIT 2, AIRWAY MANAGEMENT: CHAPTER 6 There is only one chapter in Unit 2, but it may be considered the most important one in the text, because no patient will survive without an open airway. Basic airway management techniques are covered in detail. What's New in the Airway Management Unit? In Chapter 6,Airway Management: Discussion of barrier devices has been expanded. Section on mouth-to-barrier ventilation is now included. UNIT 3, PATIENT ASSESSMENT: CHAPTER 7 This unit explains and illustrates some of the most important skills of a First Responder. All the steps of the assessment and their application to different types of trauma and medical patients, plus the skills of measuring vital signs, taking a patient history, communication, and hand-off to EMTs are discussed. Wha

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