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Drug Reference for EMS Providers is the first comprehensive reference designed to present complete, in depth profiles on the wide variety of drugs EMS professionals may need to use or deal with during the course of treatment. Profiles are organized alphabetically by generic and most common trade names. A section organized by drug classification and based on the DOT Paramedic curriculum provides core information that applies to all drugs within the class. Detailed information on each drug's mechanism of action, summary of accepted out-of-hospital indications, contraindications, drug interactions, side effects, and dosage is provided in the A-Z section. Other useful information includes sections on patient medication assessment and the basics of pharmacokinetics and pharmodynamics. Appendices include controlled substance in the United States, elements of a prescription, pregnancy categories, drug-dose calculations/IV rate calculations, table of weights and measures, and rapid-sequence intubation. · EMS Considerations are presented using criteria for special implications the EMS professional needs to know using drug therapy. · Symptoms and treatments are summarized for appropriate drugs under "overdose management". · Routes and dosages are clearly delineated and correlated for both adult and pediatric dosages. · Prescriptions and medications taken at home are addressed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766826779
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/27/2001
  • Series: Drug References
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 896
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard K. Beck, M.S., NREMT-P, is associate dean for academic affairs at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He holds a Master of Science degree in Emergency Health Services and is a certified National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic. Beck has been active in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field for 35 years, serving as a firefighter, paramedic, flight paramedic, instructor, and program administrator. Before joining the Broward College faculty, he served as manager of the EMS Training Center at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He also previously served as lead paramedic instructor and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) coordinator at St. Petersburg College in Florida.

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Table of Contents

Notice to the Reader v
Commonly Used Abbreviations and Symbols ix
Preface xvii
Acknowledgments xix
Using the Drug Reference for EMS Providers xx
Chapter 1 Patient Medication Assessment
Chapter 2 The Basics of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
Chapter 3 EMS Therapeutic Drug Classifications
Alkylating Agents
Alpha-1-Adrenergic Blocking Agents
Amebicides and Trichomonacides
Amphetamines and Derivatives
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors
Antianemic Drugs
Antianginal Drugs-Nitrates/Nitrites
Antiarrhythmic Drugs
Antidepressants, Tricyclic
Antidiabetic Agents: Hypoglycemic Agents
Antidiabetic Agents: Insulins
Antihistamines (H1 Blockers)
Antihyperlipidemic Agents-HMG-COA Reductase Inhibitors
Antihypertensive Agents
Anti-Infective Drugs
Antimalarial Drugs, 4-Aminoquinolines
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiparkinson Agents
Antipsychotic Agents, Phenothiazines
Antithyroid Drugs
Antiviral Drugs
Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Agents
Calcium Channel Blocking Agents
Calcium Salts
Cardiac Glycosides
Cholinergic Blocking Agents
Diuretics, Loop
Diuretics, Thiazides
Histamine H[subscript 2] Antagonists
Narcotic Analgesics
Narcotic Antagonists
Neuromuscular Blocking Agents
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Ophthalmic Cholinergic (Miotic) Agents
Oral Contraceptives: Estrogen-Progesterone Combinations
Progesterone and Progestins
Skeletal Muscle Relaxants, Centrally Acting
Succinimide Anticonvulsants
Sympathomimetic Drugs
Theophylline Derivatives
Thyroid Drugs
Tranquilizers/Antimanic Drugs/Hypnotics
Chapter 4 A-Z Listing of Drugs
Appendix 1 Controlled Substances in the United States and Canada
Appendix 2 Elements of a Prescription
Appendix 3 Pregnancy Categories: FDA Assigned
Appendix 4 Nomogram for Estimating Body Surface Area
Appendix 5 Easy Formulas for IV Rate Calculation
Appendix 6 Tables of Weights and Measures
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