This concise and accessible book is designed for practicing and student paramedics looking for a quick reference guide to key assessment skills. Divided into body systems, the book takes the reader through the considerations and actions required for each type of emergency presentation. Using bullet lists, mnemonics, cases and diagrams this is an ideal resource to use for exam and OSCE revision, as well as on the road for those in training or under supervision. Written by a range of expert paramedics working across the UK this is essential reading for new and aspiring paramedics.
Foundations for Paramedic Practice, Second Editionprovides an introduction to many of the subjects not traditionally taught in ambulance 'in-house' training, such as psychology and sociology. It addresses the theoretical elements of paramedic courses in higher education and provides clear links to practice. The second edition features four new chapters on caring for vulnerable adults, end of life issues, theories of decision making and the scope of the paramedic role. It also provides increased coverage of portfolio writing, submission to HPC, decision making and includes more case studies. Contributors Amanda Blaber, Vince Clarke, Alison Cork, Steve Cowland, John Donaghy, Rachael Donohoe, Bob Fellows, Ann French, Graham Harris, Mary Larkin, Linda Nelson, Marion Richardson, Paul Street and Jackie Whitnell.
Author: Pete Gregory
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2015-06-01
'I can enthusiastically recommend the Manual of Clinical Paramedic Procedures as the book that I wish had been available to me when I was studying to become a paramedic.' From the foreword by Professor Malcolm Woollard, Chair, College of Paramedics; Professor in Pre-hospital and Emergency Care & Director, Pre-hospital, Emergency & Cardiovascular Care Applied Research Group, Coventry University Clinical procedures are a fundamental aspect of care for practitioners working in pre-hospital settings. The Manual of Clinical Paramedic Procedures is written specifically to support the practice of paramedics, ambulance technicians, first responders and volunteer ambulance personnel. It presents up-to-date, evidence-based expert knowledge, enabling paramedics to deliver effective, patient-focused care. This accessible handbook provides a comprehensive exploration of core competencies and skills, looking at topics including Aseptic Technique, Airway Management, Assisted Ventilation, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Defibrillation and External Cardiac Pacing, Observations, Pain Assessment & Management, Respiratory Therapy, Spinal Management and Venepuncture. Each chapter provides the relevant anatomy & physiology, evidence-based rationales for each procedure, and contraindications of use. Key features: The first UK text to explore clinical procedures for paramedics With further reading and illustrations throughout All procedures include the rationale for the action recommended Guides paramedics in the clinical application of evidence-based procedures
Author: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS),
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Release Date: 2010-10-22
Patient assessment may be the most challenging subject for EMS students to grasp, and there never seems to be enough time in the classroom for practice. Patient Assessment Practice Scenarios allows students to fine-tune their understanding of the patient assessment process. This BLS- and ALS-level text includes 150 EMS practice scenarios (75 trauma and 75 medical) that focus on the assessment process as dictated by the National Registry medical assessment and trauma assessment skill sheets. Each case is a script of an emergency call. The student and proctor (who may or may not be an instructor) may read through the case for rote practice of the assessment process, or the student may verbally work through the assessment process, with cues from the book read by the proctor. Cases may also be used as homework, in the classroom, or for self-study! This book is for BLS or ALS students who want to successfully learn patient assessment inside and out before actually working in the field, and any EMS provider who wants to refresh his or her assessment skills.
Author: Kate Curtis
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Release Date: 2011-08-15
Emergency and Trauma Care is written for Australian emergency care providers including paramedics, emergency nurses, pre-hospital care providers, nurse practitioners, general practice nurses and allied health practitioners including occupational therapists and physiotherapists who are caring for trauma patients. This book follows the patient journey from pre-hospital to definitive care. Using a body systems approach, each chapter provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of adult and paediatric emergencies. Implications for clinical practice is supported by chapters of professional practice, clinical skills, research, evidence-based practice, and legal, ethical and cultural issues. Clinical assessment, physiology, management and rationale for intervention of common and not so common emergency presentations are provided, with each chapter providing clear and relevant examples for both Paramedics and Nurses. Emergency and Trauma Care brings together a team of highly respected clinical practitioners and academics to deliver the most up-to-date text dealing with the practical procedures and evidence experienced by emergency and trauma care providers every day. Chapter 2 Pre-hospital care overview in Australia and NZ Chapter 10 Scene assessment, management and rescue Chapter 11 Pre-Hospital Clinical Reasoning, Triage and Communication Pre-hospital and emergency nursing considerations included in all relevant chapters Chapter 5 Cultural Considerations in Emergency Care addresses cultural diversity, beliefs and values and focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and Maori health Chapter 19 Resuscitation includes advanced life support, airway management and incorporates the 2010 Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines Chapter 37 People with disabilities provides assessment, examination and communication strategies for working with clients with intellectual and physical disabilities Section 5 focuses on examination and communication strategies for working with unique population groups, including the elderly, disabled, obstetric and paediatric patients Section 6 details major trauma assessment and management, blast injury, and trauma to specific body regions Essentials outline the main points addressed in each chapter Practice tips assist with communication skills, procedures and assessment Case studies supported by questions throughout Summaries and Key points, review questions, web links and references provide for consolidation and further research. Evolve resources include Power point slides, 30 additional Case studies, image bank, web links Three paramedic specific chapters (including scene assessment and management)
Author: Valerie Nixon
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2013-04-17
Professional Practice in Paramedic, Emergency and Urgent Care explores a range of contemporary relevant topics fundamental to professional practice. Written for both pre- and post-registration paramedic students, it is also ideal for existing practitioners looking to develop their CPD skills as well as nursing and other health professionals working in emergency and urgent care settings. Each chapter includes examples, practical exercises and clinical scenarios, helping the reader relate theory to practice and develop critical thinking skills Covers not only acute patient management but also a range of additional topics to provide a holistic approach to out-of-hospital care Completion of the material in the book can be used as evidence in professional portfolios as required by the Health and Care Professions Council Professional Practice in Paramedic, Emergency and Urgent Care is a comprehensive, theoretical underpinning to professional practice at all levels of paramedic and out-of-hospital care.
Author: Chris Breen
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Release Date: 2011-11-30
This second edition has been improved and expanded based on readers feedback. Chris Breen is a Registered Nurse who served with the RAMC, a Paramedic and Clinical Tutor with additional qualifications in Trauma and Remote Medicine. He has had a long term interest in emergency medicine and is the Medical Advisor for a Preparedness group and runs courses in Survival Medicine. Craig Ellis is a Medical doctor who trained as a Specialist Emergency Physician. He has a special interest in austere medicine and medical practice during prolonged disasters. He has both worked and taught austere medical practice. The contents of this book are derived from a number of articles which have been published online and the syllabus of Course they run. Its aim is to provide key information on Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis in an understandable way, suitable for both beginners and Experienced practitioners. In addition to detailed medical and trauma assessments, explanations of common diseases and conditions at provided with signs and symptoms. Red flag indicators for each body system and individual conditions are also detailed. INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1 EXAMINATION OF PATIENTS CHAPTER 2 FRACTURES CHAPTER 3 SPINAL TRAUMA CHAPTER 4 DISLOCATIONS CHAPTER 5 WOUNDS AND BURNS CHAPTER 6 HEAD, CHEST AND ABDOMINAL TRAUMA CHAPTER 7 ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISIONS (RTCS) CHAPTER 8 JOINTS, MUSCLES, TENDONS AND LIGAMENTS CHAPTER 9 ALLERGIC REACTION CHAPTER 10 RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES CHAPTER 11 ABDOMINAL ILLNESSES CHAPTER 12 NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEMS CHAPTER 13 CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS CHAPTER 14 DIABETES CHAPTER 15 POISONING CHAPTER 16 SHOCK CHAPTER 17 EAR, NOSE AND THROAT (ENT) CHAPTER 18 EYE PROBLEMS CHAPTER 19 SKIN CONDITIONS CHAPTER 20 MINOR MEDICAL PROBLEMS CHAPTER 21 MEDICATION CHAPTER 22 VACCINES (IMMUNISATION) CHAPTER 23 ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS CHAPTER 24 BITES, STINGS AND PARASITES CHAPTER 25 CLINICAL OBSERVATIONS &TESTS CHAPTER 26 DENTAL PROBLEMS CHAPTER 27 SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES CHAPTER 28 OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY CHAPTER 29 INFECTIOUS DISEASES, NUCLEAR BIOLOGICAL & NERVE AGENT WARFARE CHAPTER 30 GUNSHOT WOUNDS, EXPLOSIONS & TACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS CHAPTER 31 TRIAGE CHAPTER 32 NUTRITION CHAPTER 33 PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS CHAPTER 34 ECG INTERPRETATION APPENDIX 1 GCS APPENDIX 2 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY APPENDIX 3 FURTHER READING INDEX
Author: Sam Willis
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2015-01-27
An essential text for the aspiring student paramedic,Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice makes paramedic scienceand pre-hospital care accessible, straightforward andexciting. It assumes no prior knowledge of the subject,presenting the must-have information that students needabout both the theory and practice of what it means to be aparamedic. With extensive full-colour illustrations throughout, aswell as activities and scenarios, this user-friendly textbook willsupport paramedic students throughout their course.
Author: Bob Elling
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Release Date: 2003
A concrete approach to assessing patients and situations in the field that presents the relationship between assessment findings and pathology in an informal yet informative manner. Includes detailed descriptions of physical exams and history-taking methods as relevant to respiratory, cardiac, neurological, abdominal and psychological traumas. Case studies and Web activities are integrated throughout to provide a realistic context and enhance material. Benefits: Includes chapters on pediatric, obstetric and geriatric assessment, as well as cultural aspects of assessment Ties all aspects of assessment together to create the big picture Web activities and case studies offer realistic scenarios and intreractivity
Publisher: Open University Press
Release Date: 2015-07
Genre: Ambulance service
The Student Paramedic Survival Guide gives information and advice to help you succeed in your education and become a registered paramedic. The book supports you from the start of your journey as you choose a programme, through study and practice placements, to the final stages of registration and applying for work. Finally, the book prepares you to make the transition into your first paramedic job. To equip you with insights into what studying to be a paramedic is really like, the book is packed full of comments from students, paramedics, mentors, paramedic educators and academics. Their expertise and experience will be invaluable as you study and prepare for practice. Other useful tools are included, such as web links for suggested further reading. The book will answer questions such as: Is this the right career for me? What do I need to consider when choosing a university and programme of study? What will I be studying? How can I make the most of the simulations that are part of my course? Who is there to support me on placements? What is it like caring for patients and their families? How can I adjust to shift work? What can I do to prepare for registration and securing my first job? The book also includes advice on making the most of your preferred learning style and guidance on how to look after yourself when you encounter traumatic events.Written by a bestselling author with the help of students, practice staff and academics from a variety of higher education institutions, this guide for prospective and current student paramedics is the essential resource to support your journey through the excitement, challenges and realities of being a student paramedic on a higher education programme. "This is a must buy for any student from school leaver to the mature candidate who is thinking of studying to be a Paramedic. The book comprehensively addresses everything from where and how to apply, unpicking the complex picture of fees and funding to the realities of what to expect when you get to University and what it''s like on placement. With valuable contributions from current students, academics and educators this book explains everything you need to know and might not have thought you needed to know before you apply." Mark Nevins, Senior Lecturer, Teeside University, UK, and NMC Registered Adult Nurse and HCPC Registered Paramedic "I would consider this book as required reading for anyone considering embarking on a career as a paramedic. It is honest, informative and true to life. I liked the way that all aspects of student life were covered, from applications, to studying and placements and finally being out in the world. This job isn''t what a lot of people seem to think it is but Amanda has gone to great lengths to myth bust. This book shows a depth and consideration that all prospective paramedic students should appreciate. It is clear that a great deal of effort has gone into this survival guide." Mark Young, Paramedic & Practice Placement Educator, South East Coast Ambulance Service, UK "I liked the way that the book utilises a cross-section of students, practitioners and academics when providing opinions on the student paramedic journey, as this provides the triangulation required to ensure the views presented are representative of the student paramedic arena. It will provide a useful guide to the mysteries of the student journey. It is also useful that it illustrates the differences across the whole of the UK and considers the different approaches and how they can change the coping mechanisms that need to be used, and that are in place. The 4 sections provide an excellent overview of the 4 areas that most student paramedics want to, and need to, know, and answers a number of the questions (if not all) asked very effectively. The sections also support the needs of the profession, as well as the students own professional journey; covering a number of areas that are part of the institutional and ambulance Trusts inductions. It is useful to note that the Survival Guide also recognises the differences the student paramedic experiences when compared to other students in universities. This means that the Survival Guide can act as an ''aide memoire'' that is available when those difficult questions come up that need an immediate answer that can allay fears and anxieties and signpost the students to the places they can get support. This aspect is helped by the shared experiences from past and present students and practitioners, who act as mentors and paramedic educators to the students. This book has been a long time coming and will, based on my experience, help the student to have a better transition towards their future professional role." Lizzie Ryan, Education Business Manager and Clinical Training Manager (East) at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, UK, also Lecturer at Bournemouth University, UK and Plymouth University, UK and the Open University, UK