Fundamentals of Basic Emergency Care / Edition 3

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Overview


The third edition of Fundamentals of Basic Emergency Care offers a refreshing yet comprehensive perspective on Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) education for learners, and offers a successful transition to the new National EMS Education Standards for EMT. A critical-thinking learning approach, with interrupted case studies introducing and concluding each topic, presents material in a practical manner. The book challenges learners to think critically, so you will be prepared to make smart decisions under pressure. Throughout the book, real-life scenarios are presented through case studies that support and enhance information presented in the book, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge you learn in the classroom. The book and supplements offer a rich learning solution for new EMTs of any background, and give learners and instructors what it takes to make it on the streets!
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Mark E .A. Escott, MD, MPH (Penn State Hershey)
Description: This book provides an excellent structure for learning to students entering the field of emergency medical services. The clear illustrations are an excellent guide for the development of new skills and the case-based approach of each chapter makes the learning process more dynamic.
Purpose: The primary purpose is to provide a format for EMS education that will develop life-long learners. This goal is well accepted in medical education and is an essential part of EMS education as well. The book begins by presenting cases at the beginning of each chapter. There is apparently some online material to bolster this problem-based approach, but I did not have access to it. It is impossible for a book to substitute for an entire course design, but this would make an excellent companion for an EMT course using a problem-based learning approach.
Audience: Introductory EMS students are the intended audience, and the book is appropriately formatted for them.
Features: The book covers the standard information needed to complete the EMT curriculum, and the historical perspectives and the "Street Smart" sections are nice touches. There is a constant battle in EMS education between what a book teaches and what happens in real-life. The problem-based learning format and the pictures for procedures are particularly good. I would have liked to have been able to access the online content to evaluate those resources. The future of EMS education is augmented with online discussion and resources.
Assessment: This book provides readers with the resources they need to develop as EMTs, while laying the groundwork for life-long education with the problem-based learning format. It is a high quality resource that I would recommend to my EMS educators.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Mark E .A. Escott, MD, MPH(Penn State Hershey)
Description:This book provides an excellent structure for learning to students entering the field of emergency medical services. The clear illustrations are an excellent guide for the development of new skills and the case-based approach of each chapter makes the learning process more dynamic.
Purpose:The primary purpose is to provide a format for EMS education that will develop life-long learners. This goal is well accepted in medical education and is an essential part of EMS education as well. The book begins by presenting cases at the beginning of each chapter. There is apparently some online material to bolster this problem-based approach, but I did not have access to it. It is impossible for a book to substitute for an entire course design, but this would make an excellent companion for an EMT course using a problem-based learning approach.
Audience:Introductory EMS students are the intended audience, and the book is appropriately formatted for them.
Features:The book covers the standard information needed to complete the EMT curriculum, and the historical perspectives and the "Street Smart" sections are nice touches. There is a constant battle in EMS education between what a book teaches and what happens in real-life. The problem-based learning format and the pictures for procedures are particularly good. I would have liked to have been able to access the online content to evaluate those resources. The future of EMS education is augmented with online discussion and resources.
Assessment:This book provides readers with the resources they need to develop as EMTs, while laying the groundwork for life-long education with the problem-based learning format. It is a high quality resource that I would recommend to my EMS educators.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Mark E .A. Escott, MD, MPH(Penn State Hershey)
Description: This book provides an excellent structure for learning to students entering the field of emergency medical services. The clear illustrations are an excellent guide for the development of new skills and the case-based approach of each chapter makes the learning process more dynamic.
Purpose: The primary purpose is to provide a format for EMS education that will develop life-long learners. This goal is well accepted in medical education and is an essential part of EMS education as well. The book begins by presenting cases at the beginning of each chapter. There is apparently some online material to bolster this problem-based approach, but I did not have access to it. It is impossible for a book to substitute for an entire course design, but this would make an excellent companion for an EMT course using a problem-based learning approach.
Audience: Introductory EMS students are the intended audience, and the book is appropriately formatted for them.
Features: The book covers the standard information needed to complete the EMT curriculum, and the historical perspectives and the "Street Smart" sections are nice touches. There is a constant battle in EMS education between what a book teaches and what happens in real-life. The problem-based learning format and the pictures for procedures are particularly good. I would have liked to have been able to access the online content to evaluate those resources. The future of EMS education is augmented with online discussion and resources.
Assessment: This book provides readers with the resources they need to develop as EMTs, while laying the groundwork for life-long education with the problem-based learning format. It is a high quality resource that I would recommend to my EMS educators.
From the Publisher

This latest edition of Fundamentals of Basic Emergency Care is a landmark achievement for the ever dynamic profession of Emergency Medical Sciences. EMS providers have advanced the knowledge and psychomotor skills in rendering care to the sick and injured within the past three decades. This text exemplifies the most current medical techniques and theory practiced in the field today. Each chapter brings to life the exciting career of street medicine. Students will comprehend the science which supports the foundation of lifesaving. Practitioners will have a reference text in which to research newly establish national objectives. Fundamentals of Basic Emergency Care bridges the gap in bringing forth national level standards for a profession that must be practiced with great flexibility. This text is complimented with richly illustrated art and photographic images that demonstrate step by step instructions how to perform procedures on patients. As a student, you will gain the confidence required to handle all types of medical emergencies and manage injuries from basic to the most severe in nature. As the EMS profession progresses Thomson Delmar Learning will be there to prepare you for those new and exciting challenges. - Bruce Gadol (Southeastern School of Allied Health Medicine, Miami, FL)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435442177
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1296
  • Sales rank: 588,086
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard Beebe, MS, BSN, NREMT-P is the program director for Bassett Health Care's Center for Rural Emergency Medical Services Education in Cooperstown, New York. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Cobleskill, New York. Richard Beebe is also a practicing field Paramedic with the Guilderland Police Department, since 1988. Richard Beebe has a Masters degree in education, is a registered Nurse and a nationally registered Paramedic. Richard Beebe has been an EMS educator for over two decades and is a chapter member of the National Association of EMS Educators. Mr. Beebe is a state and national speaker, author or editor of several textbooks, and has been recently working in a leadership role on the committee for the National EMS Education Standards of the National Association of EMS Educators.

Julie (Jules) K. Scadden has been involved in Emergency Medical Services for 19 years. Currently a Paramedic and CQI/Data Coordinator with Sac County Ambulance Service in Northwest Iowa, she is also adjunct faculty for Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, as well as at Iowa Central Community College in For Dodge, IA. Ms. Scadden also instructs and presents at local and national conferences, and serves on several advisory boards and committees. Ms. Scadden co-authored Fundamentals of Basic Emergency Care, 3rd Edition (Delmar, Cengage Learning, 2009).

Deborah Funk M.D., FACEP is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York where she has been involved in EMS education and medical direction for more than a decade. Having completed an EMS Fellowship, Dr. Funk is a Medical Director for Life Net of New York and is involved in advancing EMS statewide.

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Table of Contents


Chapter One: Foundations of EMS. Unit 1. Introduction to Emergency Medical Services. Unit 2. Roles and Responsibilities of the EMT . Unit 3. The Legal Responsibilities of the EMT. Unit 4. Stress and Wellness in EMS. Chapter Two: The Human Body. Unit 5. Anatomy and Physiology Unit 6. Pathophysiology. Unit 7. Lifespan Development. Chapter Three: Essentials of Emergency Medical Care. Unit 8. Infection Control. Unit 9. Basic Airway Control. Unit 10. Respiratory Support. Unit 11. Circulation and Shock. Unit 12. Baseline Vital Signs. Unit 13. Basic Pharmacology. Unit 14. Lifting and Moving Patients. Chapter Four: General Principles of Patient Assessment. Unit 15. Scene Size-up. Unit 16. Primary Assessment. Unit 17. Therapeutic Communications. Unit 18. History Taking. Unit 19. Secondary Assessment. Unit 20. Reassessment. Unit 21. EMS System Communications. Unit 22. Medical Terminology. Unit 23. Documentation. Chapter Five: Emergency Medical Care. Unit 24. Resuscitation. Unit 25. Chest Pain. Unit 26. Shortness of Breath. Unit 27. Altered Mental Status & Syncope. Unit 28. Abnormal Behavior. Unit 29. Abdominal Pain. Unit 30. Bariatrics. Unit 31. Rashes and Fever. Unit 32. Poisoning. Chapter Six: Trauma Care. Unit 33. Trauma Overview-Kinematics and Mechanism of Injury. Unit 34. Head, Face and Traumatic Brain Injury. Unit 35. Spinal Injuries. Unit 36. Chest and Abdominal Injuries. Unit 37. Soft Tissue Injuries. Unit 38. Bone Injuries. Unit 39. Environmental Emergencies. Chapter Seven: Maternal Health. Unit 40. Prenatal Complications. Unit 41. Emergency Childbirth and Newborn Care. Chapter Eight: Childhood Emergency. Unit 42. Pediatric Medical Emergencies. Unit 43. Pediatric Trauma Emergencies. Unit 44. Child Abuse and Neglect. Unit 45. Children with Special Challenges. Chapter Nine: Geriatric Emergency. Unit 46. Geriatric Emergencies. Unit 47. End of Life Issues. Chapter Ten: EMS Operations. Unit 48. Emergency Vehicle Operations. Unit 49. Incident Command & Multiple Casualty Incidents. Unit 50. Hazardous Materials. Unit 51. Emergency Response to Terrorism. Unit 52. Vehicle Extrication & Rescue Operations. Unit 53. Emergency Incident Rehabilitation. Unit 54. Air Medical Transport. Unit 55. Farm Equipment Operations.
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