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Essentials of Paramedic Care, 2nd edition, is the first text program to take students beyond the skills necessary to practice as a paramedic and into the underlying principles upon which those practices are based. Correlated to the U.S. Department of Transportation's 1998 National Standard Curriculum for EMT-Paramedic, this text provides the background content and skills coverage required for paramedic education. The text, comprised of five divisions, covers all eight modules of the curriculum.
  • Division 1: Introduction to Advanced Prehospital Care (includes Airway Management)
  • Division 2: Patient Assessment
  • Division 3: Trauma Emergencies
  • Division 4: Medical Emergencies
  • Division 5: Special Considerations/Operations (includes Assessment-Based Management)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130995216
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author


Dr. Bryan Bledsoe is an emergency physician with a special interest in prehospital care. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and his medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his internship at Texas Tech University and residency training at Scott and White Memorial Hospital/Texas A&M College of Medicine. Dr. Bledsoe is board certified in emergency medicine and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Bledsoe worked as an EMT, a paramedic, and a paramedic instructor. He completed EMT training in 1974 and paramedic training in 1976 and worked for 6 years as a field paramedic in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1979, he joined the faculty of the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center and served as coordinator of EMT and paramedic education programs at the university. Dr. Bledsoe is active in emergency medicine and EMS research. He is a popular speaker at state, national, and international seminars and writes regularly for numerous EMS journals.

Dr. Bledsoe has authored several EMS books published by Brady including Paramedic Care: Principles & Practice, Essentials of Paramedic Care, Intermediate Emergency Care: Principles & Practice, Anatomy & Physiology for Emergency Care, Prehospital Emergency Pharmacology, and Pocket Reference for EMTs and Paramedics. He is married to Emma Bledsoe. They have two children, Bryan and Andrea, and a grandson, Andrew, and live on a ranch south of Dallas, Texas. He enjoys saltwater fishing and warm latitudes.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to advanced prehospital care 2
Ch. 2 Medical/legal aspects of advanced prehospital care 64
Ch. 3 Anatomy and physiology 84
Ch. 4 General principles of pathophysiology 239
Ch. 5 Life-span development 291
Ch. 6 General principles of pharmacology 307
Ch. 7 Intravenous access and medication administration 373
Ch. 8 Airway management and ventilation 454
Ch. 9 Therapeutic communications 532
Ch. 10 History taking 546
Ch. 11 Physical exam techniques 564
Ch. 12 Patient assessment in the field 651
Ch. 13 Clinical decision making 704
Ch. 14 Communications 716
Ch. 15 Documentation 735
Ch. 16 Trauma and trauma systems 760
Ch. 17 Blunt trauma 770
Ch. 18 Penetrating trauma 802
Ch. 19 Hemorrhage and shock 821
Ch. 20 Soft-tissue trauma 852
Ch. 21 Burns 891
Ch. 22 Musculoskeletal trauma 924
Ch. 23 Head, facial, and neck trauma 958
Ch. 24 Spinal trauma 1000
Ch. 25 Thoracic trauma 1030
Ch. 26 Abdominal trauma 1061
Ch. 27 Pulmonology 1080
Ch. 28 Cardiology 1121
Ch. 29 Neurology 1243
Ch. 30 Endocrinology 1280
Ch. 31 Allergies and anaphylaxis 1295
Ch. 32 Gastroenterology 1306
Ch. 33 Urology and nephrology 1328
Ch. 34 Toxicology and substance abuse 1349
Ch. 35 Hematology 1389
Ch. 36 Environmental emergencies 1405
Ch. 37 Infectious disease 1439
Ch. 38 Psychiatric and behavioral disorders 1486
Ch. 39 Gynecology 1509
Ch. 40 Obstetrics 1518
Ch. 41 Neonatology 1554
Ch. 42 Pediatrics 1585
Ch. 43 Geriatric emergencies 1667
Ch. 44 Abuse and assault 1715
Ch. 45 The challenged patient 1729
Ch. 46 Acute interventions for the chronic-care patient 1746
Ch. 47 Assessment-based management 1778
Ch. 48 Operations 1793
Ch. 49 Responding to terrorist acts 1890
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