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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marc M. Meyer, RN, MS, LP (City of Houston)
Description: This book is part of a five volume series designed to expand on the patient assessment material contained in Bledsoe's previous paramedic text, Paramedic Emergency Care (Prentice Hall, 1997).
Purpose: This new volume is designed to be the text for a course in patient assessment at the paramedic level.
Audience: It is aimed at paramedic students, especially those in degree-based EMS programs. The series is written primarily for paramedic students in classes following the 1998 USDOT EMT-Paramedic National Standard Curriculum.
Features: This text is organized into six chapters. In Chapters 1-3 the focus is on the nuts and bolts of patient assessment for paramedics, including detailed information on expanded patient assessment techniques. Clinical decision-making is covered in Chapter 4, and is new material for paramedic texts. In Chapters 5 and 6 the focus is on communicating the assessment information to other members of the healthcare team. There are ample illustrations and photos demonstrating procedures and equipment used in patient assessment and communication. Important information is summarized and key points are flagged in the margins of the text, drawing attention to those points not to be missed.
Assessment: Considering that the same material in Bledsoe's previous text was covered in two chapters and only 58 pages, a volume of over 300 pages clearly is in line with the increased emphasis on educating paramedics to be professional healthcare providers . The wealth of information contained in this volume easily exceeds that in any other paramedic text in both detail and depth. The chapter on clinical decision making is a first in a paramedic text, and is a welcome adjunct to a field that is evolving in new and exciting directions. If the rest of this series meets the potential shown by this volume, the series will be the new standard in paramedic texts.