Paramedic Care Vol. 2 : Principles and Practice: Patient Assessment

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  • Copyright: 2000-01-01
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Volume 1: Introduction to Advanced Prehospital Care (includes Airway Management) Volume 2: Patient Assessment Volume 3: Medical Emergencies Volume 4: Trauma Emergencies Volume 5: Special Considerations / Operations (includes Assessment-Based Management) Dr. Bryan E. Bledsoe, lead author of the classic pre-'98 curriculum text Paramedic Emergency Care, along with co-authors Robert Porter and Richard Cherry, has woven together contributions from field experts to provide detailed, yet student-friendly texts that will set the standard for paramedic education for years to come. In developing this series to meet the new curriculum, the goals were threefold: bull; bull;Comprehensive coverage. The program includes all materials required for the new U.S. DOT curriculum and, where appropriate, expanded information . bull;Accuracy. The material reflects the best and latest in scientific and medical practice, written and reviewed by experts . bull;Appropriate level. Concepts and terminology are clearly explained. Beginning at the level of the new student and progressing through the development of new and advanced concepts, this series will provide the student with a broad background of knowledge and a firm grasp of how to apply it to paramedic emergency care .

Table of Contents

The History
Physical Exam Techniques
Patient Assessment In The Field
Clinical Decision Making


Series Preface Congratulations on your decision to further your EMS career by undertaking the course of education required for certification as an Emergency Medical TechnicianParamedic! The world of paramedic emergency care is one that you will find both challenging and rewarding. Whether you will be working as a volunteer or paid paramedic, you will find the field of advanced prehospital care very interesting.This textbook will serve as your guide and reference to advanced out-of-hospital care. It is based upon the 1998 United States Department of Transportation EMT Paramedic National Standard Curriculum and is divided into five volumes. The first volume is entitledIntroduction to Advanced Prehospital Careand addresses the fundamentals of paramedic practice, including pathophysiology, pharmacology, medication administration and advanced airway management. The second volume, Patient Assessment, builds on the assessment skills of the basic EMT with special emphasis on advancedpatient assessmentat the scene. The third volume of the series, Medical Emergencies, is the most extensive and addresses paramedic level care ofmedical emergencies. Particular emphasis is placed upon the most common medical problems; respiratory and cardiovascular emergencies.Trauma Emergencies, the fourth volume of the text, discusses advanced prehospital care from the mechanism of injury analysis to shock/trauma resuscitation. The last volume in the series addressesSpecial Considerations/Operationsincluding neonatal, pediatric, geriatric, home health care, and specially challenged patients, and incident command, ambulance service, rescue, hazardous material, and crime scene operations. These five volumes will help prepare you for the challenges of prehospital care.SKILLSThe psychomotor skills of fluid and medication administration, advanced airway care, ECG monitoring and defibrillation, and advanced medical and trauma patient care are best learned in the classroom, skills laboratory, and then the clinical and field setting. Common advanced prehospital skills are discussed in the text as well as outlined in the accompanying procedure sheets. Review these before and while practicing the skill. It is important to point out that this or any other text cannot teach skills. Care skills are only learned under the watchful eye of a paramedic instructor and perfected during your clinical and field internship.HOW TO USE THIS TEXTBOOKParamedic Care: Principles & Practiceis designed to accompany a paramedic education program that follows the 1998 United States Department of TransportationEmergency Medical Technician-Paramedic: National Standard Curriculum. The education program should include ample classroom, practical labratory, in-hospital clinical, and prehospital field experience. These educational experiences must be guided by instructors and preceptors with special training '.and experience in their areas of participation in your program.It is intended that your program coordinator will assign reading fromParamedic Care: Principles & Practicein preparation for each classroom lecture and discussion section. The knowledge gained from reading this text will form the foundation of the information you will need in order to function effectively as a paramedic in your EMS system. Your instructors will build upon this information to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of advanced prehospital care so that you may apply it in your practice. The in-hospital clinical and prehospital field experiences will further refine your knowledge and skills under the watchful eyes of your preceptors.In preparing for each classroom session, read the assigned chapter carefully. First, review the chapter objectives. They will identify important concepts to be learned from the reading. Read the Case Study to get a feeling of why a chapter is important

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