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This pocket-sized handbook, based on Beck's best selling text Pharmacology for Prehospital Emergency Care, is an indispensable reference for paramedics and paramedic students. Containing pertinent information on the 73 drugs most commonly administered by paramedics, its small size makes it useful when carrying a larger text is not feasible or convenient. In the hospital or emergency setting, this handy reference guide can fit in a lab coat or be conveniently stored in the ambulance or helicopter. The guide is dividend into three sections: adult, pediatric and general. Because most patients encountered by the paramedic are adults, this section appears first. American Heart Association treatment algorithms are included for easy reference. Medications are listed in alphabetical order by generic name so that the paramedic can locate them rapidly.
The book contains black-and-white illustrations.
PART 1: ADULTS: AHA Treatment Algorithms. Pharmacology. Glasgow Coma Scale for Adults. PART 2: PEDIATRICS: AHA Treatment Algorithms. Statistically Common Pediatric Normal Values. Drugs Used in Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Other Pediatric Medications. Calculating Drug Concentrations and Infusion Rates for Common Pediatric Medications. Intraosseous Infusion. Guidelines for Pediatric ET Tube and Suction Catheter Size. Modified Glasgow Coma Scale for Infants and Children. Newborn. Resuscitation. Apgar Score. PART 3: GENERAL: Drug-Dose Calculations. Temperature Conversion. Metric Conversion. Common Abbreviations and Symbols. Rapid-Sequence Intubation. Common Laboratory Values. IV Solutions. Burn Treatment. Dysrhythmia Recognition. Common Medications. Bibliography. Notes. Index.