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Overview

Designed for experienced EMT-Bs, this book thoroughly but concisely covers topics related to the infrequently used skills and knowledge required for a re-certification exam. It also provides new information and skills in chapters discussing such topics as medical and legal issues; the human body; lifting and moving; assessment of trauma, medical, pediatric, and geriatric patients; communications and documentation; general pharmacology, respiratory and cardiac emergencies; allergic reaction; bleeding and shock; soft tissue injuries; infants and children; ambulance operations; and gaining access and rescue. For emergency medical technicians.

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Designed for experienced EMT-Bs who are beginning or are about to begin an EMT-B refresher program, this text offers thorough but concise coverage of the curriculum. This edition includes 12 new case studies and a list of core concepts at the start of each chapter. Included CD-ROM contains two 150-question diagnostic examinations to help readers prepare for examinations, as well as 450 chapter questions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130945594
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: Book and CD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 10.76 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Limmer, EMT-P, is a faculty member at the George Washington University Health Services program in Washington, DC. He has been involved in emergency services for more than twenty years as a paramedic, police officer, and educator. He is a co-author of Emergency Care, Ninth Edition, First Responder: A Skills Approach, Fire Service First Responder, and Advanced Medical Life Support.

Bob Elling, MPA, REMT-P, is currently a full-time faculty member at the Institute of Prehospital Emergency Medicine at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. He is also a Professor of Management with the American College of Prehospital Medicine, and works part-time as a paramedic with the Colonie EMS Department (NY). His publications include: Pocket Reference for the EMT-B and First Responder, First Responder. Exam Preparation and Review, Emergency Care Student Workbook, and Paramedic Care: Principles & Practice Volume 5 Student Workbook. Bob has written hundreds of articles for magazines and internet websites as well as video scripts.

Michael R O'Keefe, REMT-P, is Training Coordinator for the Vermont Department of Health's EMS division. He has been active as chairperson of the National Council of State EMS Training Coordinators and with the development of various national EMS curricula. He was a member of the curriculum development group for the "First Responder: National Standard Curriculum." He also is a co-author of Emergency Care, Ninth Edition.

Edward T. Dickinson, M.D., NREMT-P, FACEP, (Medical Editor) is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine in Philadelphia where he is Director of EMS Field Operations. He is Medical Director of the Town of Colonie EMS Department (NY) and the Malvern Fire Company (PA). Dr. Dickinson is active in prehospital research and the medical editor of numerous Brady EMT-B and First Responder texts. He is also the author of Fire Service Emergency Care and co-author of Emergency Incident Rehabilitation.

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Essentials of Emergency Care, Third Edition, is designed for experienced EMT-Bs who are beginning, or are about to begin, an EMT-B refresher program. Traditionally, to complete such a program, EMT-Bs used their original EMT-B textbook or a subsequent edition. Such textbooks are designed to present information to a person who has no experience or training in EMS. However, the authors of this text recognize that the refresher student is different.

The authors acknowledge and respect the fact that you, an experienced EMT-B, have regularly applied the skills and knowledge learned in your original course to your work in the field. Because of your experience, expansive coverage of those skills and knowledge is not needed in a refresher text. For example,, since you probably have had much field experience in bleeding control, this text does not cover it in as much detail as your original text does.

The skills and knowledge that you use less frequently, however, do require some brushing up before you take a recertification exam. Such topics are covered in Essentials of Emergency Care thoroughly but concisely.

National Curricula for the EMT-B

In 1994, the U.S. Department of Transportation released the "EMT-Basic: National Standard Curriculum," which has been widely accepted as the standard for instructing new EMT-Bs throughout the country. A year after its publication, the National Registry of EMTs was asked by the National Council of State EMS Training Coordinators and the National Association of State EMS Directors to develop a refresher curriculum based on the National Standard. In 1997, after consensus was achieved by the committee and the states, the U.S. Department of Transportation released the "EMT-Basic: Refresher Curriculum."

Written to help you meet all national objectives, Essentials of Emergency Care, Third Edition, covers both the "EMT-Basic: National Standard Curriculum" and the "EMT-Basic: Refresher Curriculum."

In addition, to make it easy for you and your instructor to be sure you are able to meet all Refresher objectives, they are listed verbatim at the beginning of every chapter and include page references that correlate related textbook material.

Correlations with the National Standard Curriculum may be found in a special box located next to each chapter title. This information correlates content with one or more National Standard "Lessons."

Features of the Book

In revising Essentials of Emergency Care, we kept our eye on the primary goal: to develop a book that provides concise yet complete coverage of the EMT-B curriculum for refresher students and people with past experience. We know you do not want to spend time preparing for your next exam by reading a book meant for beginning students. If you need to review a skill or other information, you want that information presented in a way that best meets your needs. Welcome to Essentials of Emergency Care, Third Edition!

This edition has kept the same successful presentation as the previous edition in addition to including new features. This edition contains:

NEW! Essential Electronic Extras CD-ROM

This CD-ROM contains two 150-question diagnostic examinations to help you prepare for examinations as well as identify areas where you should concentrate your study as you refresh or recertify your EMT-B credentials. The CD-ROM also contains 450 questions in chapter quizzes.

NEW! Web Essentials

Visit www.prenhall.com/limmer, a valuable online resource that includes interactive quizzes and case studies as well as links to important EMS websites.

NEW! Case Studies

Twelve new case studies relate chapter content to street experiences. For experienced EMT-Bs, case-based presentations make study and learning more pertinent and interesting. The case studies include critical background information and details of pathophysiology, assessment, and patient medications to provide the "big picture" of patient assessment and care.

NEW! Core Concepts

Each chapter begins with a list of the core concepts important to know in the topic area.

NEW! Lifespan Development

This new feature highlights important pediatric and geriatric issues within each chapter.

Skill Summaries

Illustrated step-by-step summaries enhance your understanding of skill procedures, summarize information, and maximize coverage.

Preceptor Pearls

Acknowledging the experienced EMT-B's role as a preceptor, mentor, and trainer, this feature highlights important topics you may wish to share with new EMT-Bs and emphasizes ways to get your points across.

Chapter Review

Each chapter ends with a summary of chapter material, multiple-choice questions to test your knowledge of chapter content, and a list of topics for which weblinks have been provided on our website.

National Registry Practical Examination

All the skills tested by the National Registry in its performance-based skills exam are included for convenient reference at the back of the book.

Comments and Suggestions

We encourage you to send your suggestions and comments about the text. They will help us improve future editions of Essentials of Emergency Care. Send them to the Marketing Manager at BRADY, Prentice Hall, One Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. You can also reach us via e-mail:

• Daniel Limmer: danlimmer@earthlink.net
• Bob Elling: bobelling@usa.net
• Mike O'Keefe: mikeokvt@aol.com

We wish you the best of luck in your continued endeavors in EMS!

Visit Brady's Web Site
http://www.bradybooks.com

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to EMS Systems.

2. Well-Being of the EMT-Basic.

3. Medical/Legal and Ethical Issues.

4. The Human Body.

5. Lifting and Moving Patients.

6. Airway Management.

7. Scene Size-Up, Initial Assessment, Baseline Vitals, and Sample History.

8. Assessment of the Trauma Patient.

9. Assessment of the Medical Patient.

10. Assessment of Pediatric and Geriatric Patients.

11. Communication and Documentation.

12. General Pharmacology.

13. Respiratory Emergencies.

14. Cardiac Emergencies.

15. Diabetic Emergencies and Altered Mental States.

16. Allergies.

17. Poisoning & Overdose Emergencies.

18. Environmental Emergencies.

19. Behavioral Emergencies.

20. Obstetrics and Gynecology.

21. Bleeding and Shock.

22. Soft-Tissue Injuries.

23. Musculoskeletal Injuries.

24. Injuries to the Head and Spine.

25. Infants and Children.

26. Ambulance Operations.

27. Gaining Access and Rescue.

28. Special Operations.

29. Advanced Airway Management.

Appendix A: Research in EMS.

Appendix B: National Registry Practical Examination.

Answer Key.

Glossary.

Index.

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Preface

Essentials of Emergency Care, Third Edition, is designed for experienced EMT-Bs who are beginning, or are about to begin, an EMT-B refresher program. Traditionally, to complete such a program, EMT-Bs used their original EMT-B textbook or a subsequent edition. Such textbooks are designed to present information to a person who has no experience or training in EMS. However, the authors of this text recognize that the refresher student is different.

The authors acknowledge and respect the fact that you, an experienced EMT-B, have regularly applied the skills and knowledge learned in your original course to your work in the field. Because of your experience, expansive coverage of those skills and knowledge is not needed in a refresher text. For example,, since you probably have had much field experience in bleeding control, this text does not cover it in as much detail as your original text does.

The skills and knowledge that you use less frequently, however, do require some brushing up before you take a recertification exam. Such topics are covered in Essentials of Emergency Care thoroughly but concisely.

National Curricula for the EMT-B

In 1994, the U.S. Department of Transportation released the "EMT-Basic: National Standard Curriculum," which has been widely accepted as the standard for instructing new EMT-Bs throughout the country. A year after its publication, the National Registry of EMTs was asked by the National Council of State EMS Training Coordinators and the National Association of State EMS Directors to develop a refresher curriculum based on the National Standard. In 1997, after consensus was achieved by the committee and the states, the U.S. Department of Transportation released the "EMT-Basic: Refresher Curriculum."

Written to help you meet all national objectives, Essentials of Emergency Care, Third Edition, covers both the "EMT-Basic: National Standard Curriculum" and the "EMT-Basic: Refresher Curriculum."

In addition, to make it easy for you and your instructor to be sure you are able to meet all Refresher objectives, they are listed verbatim at the beginning of every chapter and include page references that correlate related textbook material.

Correlations with the National Standard Curriculum may be found in a special box located next to each chapter title. This information correlates content with one or more National Standard "Lessons."

Features of the Book

In revising Essentials of Emergency Care, we kept our eye on the primary goal: to develop a book that provides concise yet complete coverage of the EMT-B curriculum for refresher students and people with past experience. We know you do not want to spend time preparing for your next exam by reading a book meant for beginning students. If you need to review a skill or other information, you want that information presented in a way that best meets your needs. Welcome to Essentials of Emergency Care, Third Edition!

This edition has kept the same successful presentation as the previous edition in addition to including new features. This edition contains:

NEW! Essential Electronic Extras CD-ROM

This CD-ROM contains two 150-question diagnostic examinations to help you prepare for examinations as well as identify areas where you should concentrate your study as you refresh or recertify your EMT-B credentials. The CD-ROM also contains 450 questions in chapter quizzes.

NEW! Web Essentials

Visit www.prenhall.com/limmer , a valuable online resource that includes interactive quizzes and case studies as well as links to important EMS websites.

NEW! Case Studies

Twelve new case studies relate chapter content to street experiences. For experienced EMT-Bs, case-based presentations make study and learning more pertinent and interesting. The case studies include critical background information and details of pathophysiology, assessment, and patient medications to provide the "big picture" of patient assessment and care.

NEW! Core Concepts

Each chapter begins with a list of the core concepts important to know in the topic area.

NEW! Lifespan Development

This new feature highlights important pediatric and geriatric issues within each chapter.

Skill Summaries

Illustrated step-by-step summaries enhance your understanding of skill procedures, summarize information, and maximize coverage.

Preceptor Pearls

Acknowledging the experienced EMT-B's role as a preceptor, mentor, and trainer, this feature highlights important topics you may wish to share with new EMT-Bs and emphasizes ways to get your points across.

Chapter Review

Each chapter ends with a summary of chapter material, multiple-choice questions to test your knowledge of chapter content, and a list of topics for which weblinks have been provided on our website.

National Registry Practical Examination

All the skills tested by the National Registry in its performance-based skills exam are included for convenient reference at the back of the book.

Comments and Suggestions

We encourage you to send your suggestions and comments about the text. They will help us improve future editions of Essentials of Emergency Care. Send them to the Marketing Manager at BRADY, Prentice Hall, One Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. You can also reach us via e-mail:

• Daniel Limmer: danlimmer@earthlink.net
• Bob Elling: bobelling@usa.net
• Mike O'Keefe: mikeokvt@aol.com

We wish you the best of luck in your continued endeavors in EMS!

Visit Brady's Web Site
http://www.bradybooks.com

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