Pharmacology for the EMS Provider / Edition 4

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Overview

The Fourth Edition of PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE EMS PROVIDER is a clear and thorough text ideal for both Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and Paramedic levels. This book is based on the pharmacology section of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations National EMS Education Standards and reflects current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) curricula. Provided throughout the book are detailed profiles of pre-hospital medications, including mechanism of action, indications, contraindications, precautions, routes and dosages, side effects, and EMS considerations. Appendices also present information on herbal drugs, common home medications, and street drugs EMS providers may encounter outside of the hospital setting. This wealth of in-depth material logically organized for effective learning and carefully tailored to national standards and curricula, makes this practical guide an invaluable resource for anyone pursuing training or certification in an EMS field.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The author is clearly well versed in pharmacology. He approaches the subject matter with clarity and language that is easy to follow for both the student and the instructor."Matt Keeler, Palm Beach State College

"It [the book] could be easily taught and easily understood by the students…The material is clear, precise, and easy to self study."Thera Granger, Lamar State College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111307691
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/29/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard K. Beck, M.S., NREMT-P, is associate dean for academic affairs at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He holds a Master of Science degree in Emergency Health Services and is a certified National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic. Beck has been active in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field for 35 years, serving as a firefighter, paramedic, flight paramedic, instructor, and program administrator. Before joining the Broward College faculty, he served as manager of the EMS Training Center at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He also previously served as lead paramedic instructor and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) coordinator at St. Petersburg College in Florida.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. How to Use the Activity CD-ROM. Introduction to Pharmacology for EMS Providers. 1. Introduction to Pharmacology. 2. The Basics of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmodynamics. 3. Autonomic Pharmacology. 4. Fluids, Electrolytes, and Intravenous Therapy. 5. Blood and Blood Components. 6. Drug Dose Calculations. 7. Drug Administration. 8. Drug Classifications. 9. Drugs Used to Treat Pulmonary (Respiratory) Emergencies. 10. Drugs Used to Treat Cardiovascular Emergencies. 11. Drugs Used to Treat Metabolic/Endocrine Emergencies. 12. Drugs Used to Treat Neurological Emergencies. 13. Drugs Used to Treat Gastrointestinal Emergencies. 14. Drugs Used to Treat Obstetrical and Gynecological Emergencies. 15. Drugs Used to Treat Toxicological Emergencies. 16. Drugs Used to Treat Behavioral Emergencies. 17. Pain Management. Appendix A: Drugs and Their Classifications. Appendix B: Pediatric Normal Values. Appendix C: Herbal Drugs. Appendix D: Common Home Medications. Appendix E: Street Drugs. Answers to Study Questions and Case Studies. Bibliography. Glossary. Drug Index. General Index.

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