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Prehospital Emergency Care, Seventh Edition is the book for EMT-Bs who want to go above and beyond the United States D.O.T. requirements. Long considered the most complete resource for EMT-B training, this best-selling, student-friendly text contains clear, step-by-step explanations of patient conditions, assessment, and treatment. The material is comprehensive, stimulating, and challenging enough to prepare students for real on-the-job situations. Revised and thoroughly updated, the new Seventh Edition contains the most recent American Heart Association guidelines and the latest clinical information related to conducting an accurate assessment.

The book contains color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Craig B. Key
This comprehensive text for basic EMTs includes advanced medication and airway management techniques. The purpose is to educate the student to the level of a basic EMT. The education of basic EMTs is essential for out-of-hospital emergency care. The authors meet this goal with a comprehensive, up-to-date text. This book is written for basic EMT students. It is a comprehensive text that exceeds the level of basic EMT knowledge for those students who desire more information. The principal author is a recognized expert in the field of EMT education. All aspects of the body of knowledge necessary for the education of the basic EMT are covered in this book. The book is well organized and easy to read and includes additional information for those students seeking a higher level of understanding.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Craig B. Key, MD, FACEP (University of Texas Medical School at Houston)
Description: This comprehensive text for basic EMTs includes advanced medication and airway management techniques. It also comes with a CD-ROM that includes quizzes, tests, and other enhancements.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate the student to the level of a basic EMT. The education of basic EMTs is essential for out-of-hospital emergency care. The authors meet this goal with a comprehensive, up-to-date text.
Audience: This book is written for basic EMT students. It is a comprehensive text that exceeds the level of basic EMT knowledge for those students who desire more information. The principal author is a recognized expert in the field of EMT education.
Features: All aspects of the body of knowledge necessary for the education of the basic EMT are covered in this book. The book is well organized and easy to read and includes additional information for those students seeking a higher level of understanding. The accompanying CD-ROM is well designed and nicely complements the basic EMT's educational experience. It also provides testing resources for the instructor.
Assessment: This is a quality comprehensive text that compares very well with other texts on the market. The well organized, professionally produced CD-ROM complements the text nicely.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135028100
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 1584
  • Sales rank: 894,984
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph J. Mistovich, MEd, NREMT-P

Joseph Mistovich is Chairperson of the Department of Health Professions and a Professor at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. He has more than 22 years of experience as an educator in emergency medical services. Mr. Mistovich received his Master of Education degree in Community Health Education from Kent State University in 1988. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science degree with a major in Allied Health in 1985, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Technology in 1982 from Youngstown State University.

Mr. Mistovich has more than 27 years of experience providing advanced life support in the prehospital environment. He is an author or coauthor of numerous EMS books and journal articles and is a frequent presenter at national and state EMS conferences.

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Table of Contents

Detailed Contents
Assessment Summaries/Emergency Care Protocols/Algorithms/Drug Profiles
Photo Scans
Letter to Students
About the Authors
Guide to Key Features
Module 1 Preparatory
Ch. 1 Introduction to Emergency Medical Care 1
Ch. 2 The Well-Being of the EMT-Basic 12
Ch. 3 Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues 29
Ch. 4 The Human Body 40
Ch. 5 Baseline Vital Sings and History Taking 72
Ch. 6 Preparing to Lift and Move Patients 86
Module 2 Airway
Ch. 7 Airway Management, Ventilation, and Oxygen Therapy 95
Module 3 Patient Assessment
Ch. 8 Scene Size-up 142
Ch. 9 Patient Assessment 160
Ch. 10 Assessment of Geriatric Patients 238
Ch. 11 Communication 258
Ch. 12 Documentation 270
Module 4 Medical, Behavioral, and Obstetrics/Gynecology
Ch. 13 General Pharmacology 283
Ch. 14 Respiratory Emergencies 294
Ch. 15 Cardiac Emergencies 323
Ch. 16 Automated External Defibrillation 348
Ch. 17 Altered Mental Status and Diabetic Emergencies 369
Ch. 18 Acute Stroke: Altered Speech, Sensory Function, Motor Function, or Mental Status 393
Ch. 19 Seizures and Syncope 409
Ch. 20 Allergic Reaction 422
Ch. 21 Poisoning Emergencies 438
Ch. 22 Drug and Alcohol Emergencies 462
Ch. 23 Acute Abdominal Pain 478
Ch. 24 Environmental Emergencies 493
Ch. 25 Submersion, Drowning, and Diving Emergencies 525
Ch. 26 Behavioral Emergencies 543
Ch. 27 Obstetric and Gynecological Emergencies 559
Module 5 Trauma
Ch. 28 Mechanisms of Injury: Kinetics of Trauma 590
Ch. 29 Bleeding and Shock 608
Ch. 30 Soft Tissue Injuries 632
Ch. 31 Burn Emergencies 655
Ch. 32 Musculoskeletal Injuries 675
Ch. 33 Injuries to the Head 700
Ch. 34 Injuries to the Spine 717
Ch. 35 Eye, Face, and Neck Injuries 756
Ch. 36 Chest, Abdomen, and Genitalia Injuries 777
Ch. 37 Agricultural and Industrial Emergencies 805
Module 6 Infants and Children
Ch. 38 Infants and Children 816
Module 7 Operations
Ch. 39 Moving Patients 863
Ch. 40 Ambulance Operations 881
Ch. 41 Gaining Access and Extrication 903
Ch. 42 Hazardous Materials Emergencies 917
Ch. 43 Multiple-Casualty Incidents 936
Ch. 44 EMS Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction 952
Module 8 Advanced Airway Elective
Ch. 45 Advanced Airway Management 969
App. 1 Basic Life Support
App. 2 National Registry Skill Sheets
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I would like to commend you for your decision to undertake an EMT-Basic educational program. The field of emergency medical services is extremely rewarding and will provide you with experiences you will find both challenging and gratifying. In your EMS career, you will respond to a variety of calls in uncontrolled environments requiring confidence, compassion, and a high degree of competence. As an EMT-Basic, you will be put to the test to think critically and respond instantaneously. The foundation for these skills will be provided in your educational program; you will learn further and gain better clinical insight through patient contact, continuing education, and experience. Once you have read this textbook and completed your EMT-Basic program, you will have only begun your educational experience as an EMT-Basic. Every day you should strive to learn something new that may enhance your emergency patient care. Due to the dynamic nature of emergency medical services, you will become a lifelong learner.

Patient assessment is one of the most important skills that an EMT-Basic performs, requiring good practical ability and also the capability to think critically. You must take each finding from the assessment, determine if an immediate life-saving intervention is required, store the information learned in the back of your mind as you continue with the assessment, and finally put all the pieces of the assessment together to provide effective emergency medical care. The challenge is similar to putting a puzzle together. You start out with individual pieces of the puzzle that have to be connected together to form a meaningful picture. The pieces of the puzzle correlate tosigns, symptoms, and other findings of the assessment. You must take the findings, consider them individually, and then put them together to form a whole picture of your patient. Specific findings are meaningless without fitting them into the entire picture.

Prehospital Emergency Care, Seventh Edition, provides a strong, comprehensive approach to patient assessment, which is reinforced at several points in the chapters—in the case study, chapter text, assessment summaries, and algorithms. This approach reinforces assessment information and also provides an alternative learning method. You will find the necessary clinical information integrated into the assessment approach for each section, unlike other sources that integrate the assessment information into the clinical information.

This textbook uses a two-tiered approach to patient assessment: assessment-based and diagnostic-based. An assessment-based approach to patient injuries and illnesses is used initially. This approach teaches you to identify life-threatening conditions and provide immediate interventions to reverse those problems. An assessment-based approach to acute patient care is followed no matter what level of care is provided. Once you have managed life-threatening conditions, you will then move to the next level of assessment, the diagnostic-based approach. The diagnostic-based approach entails putting the signs, symptoms, and other assessment findings together to come to a probability of what condition the patient may be suffering from. Many EMS providers refer to this as their "field impression." Prehospital Emergency Care, Seventh Edition, presents the necessary information to move naturally, successfully, and effectively from the assessment-based approach to the diagnostic-based approach. Much of the "field impression" information is contained in enrichment sections throughout the textbook.

As you progress through your educational program, you will learn a new system of communication that involves the use of appropriate medical terminology. It is important to establish a basic understanding of medical terminology so that you may communicate effectively, by both written and oral means, with other members of the medical team. Prehospital Emergency Care, Seventh Edition, has integrated a basic foundation of medical terminology that will allow you to enhance your professional image and communication skills. You should expand your medical terminology base as you continue your education.

Because of continued threats of terrorism, a chapter has been added on weapons of mass destruction. Chapter 44, "EMS Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction," presents critical information regarding biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons and the assessment and management of patients who have been exposed to the use of these weapons. It is always better to be proactive and have knowledge that will enable you to preplan and react in a situation that may involve weapons of mass destruction. The chapter also emphasizes what is necessary to keep you safe as an EMT-Basic when responding to such incidents and provides you with the ability to recognize a potential biological or chemical exposure.

You will find that Prehospital Emergency Care, Seventh Edition, provides current information regarding the practice of emergency medical services. The assessment and emergency care sections provide the most up-to-date strategies for providing competent care. The enrichment sections will allow you to further enhance your ability to assess and manage ill and injured patients in the prehospital environment.

I wish you the best of luck in emergency medical services. My best piece of advice to you is to provide the best emergency care possible and always do what is right for the patient. This will allow you to contribute to the mission of emergency medical services.

Good luck and best wishes!

Joseph J. Mistovich

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Excellent Textbook for Any Level

    This is by far perhaps the best EMT textbook that I have seen or used in over 20 years of medicine. The text is interspersed with critical tidbits of information and an abundance of appropriate illustrations, charts, and tables that help with the retention of key material. My only complaint is that Chapter 8 is mis-titled "Pathophysiology," which is the study of how disease interacts and effects the various organs and their physiologies. However, the entire contents of the chapter deals with the important concepts of normal human physiology. In essence, the rest of the test contains the pathophysiology, while the contents of Chapter 8 should be more aptly titled "Physiology." Other than that, this book is an excellent texbook for the first time student, a reference or tool for the seasoned EMT seeking recertification, or an invaluable resource for instructors.

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