Prehospital Emergency Pharmacology / Edition 7

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Prehospital Emergency Pharmacology, Seventh Edition is a comprehensive guide to the most common medications and fluids used by paramedics and other emergency medical service (EMS) professionals in prehospital emergency care. A cornerstone of EMS education for more than 25 years, it has been extensively revised in this edition to reflect current trends in emergency care, especially the growing requirement for evidence-based practice. A valuable aid to both practicing paramedics and paramedic students, it presents care procedures that represent accepted practices throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as up-to-date medication dosages according with nationally accepted standards, including those of the AMA, AHA, and PDR.

The complete pharmacology text is a handy reference to the most common drugs and fluids used in prehospital care.

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Editorial Reviews

The latest edition of a text and reference for student and professional paramedics. It covers 85 of the most commonly used drugs in prehospital care. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher

"I am using [Prehospital Emergency Pharmacology] in the current Paramedic class and am getting rave reviews of it. Thank you for providing the profession such an excellent addition to the Paramedic course. " —Carol Crockett,— Rescue Training in Savannah, GA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135138229
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 11/21/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 207,750
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Dr. Bryan Bledsoe is an emergency physician with a special interest in prehospital care.

He received his B.S. degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and his medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship at Texas Tech University and residency training at Scott and White Memorial Hospital/Texas A&M College of Medicine. Dr. Bledsoe is board certified in emergency medicine. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Bledsoe worked as an EMT, a paramedic, and a paramedic instructor. He completed EMT training in 1974 and paramedic training in 1976 and worked for 6 years as a field paramedic in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1979, he joined the faculty of the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center and served as coordinator of EMT and paramedic education programs at the university. Dr. Bledsoe is active in emergency medicine and EMS research. He is a popular speaker at state, national, and international seminars and writes regularly for numerous EMS journals. Dr. Bledsoe is on the faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is active in educational endeavors with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and co-chairs their Certification and Evaluation Board (CEB). Dr. Bledsoe has authored several EMS books published by Brady, including Paramedic Care: Principles & Practice, Essentials of Paramedic Care, Intermediate Emergency Care: Principles & Practice, Critical Care Paramedic, Anatomy & Physiology for Emergency Care, Prehospital Emergency Pharmacology, and Pocket Reference for ALS Providers. He is married to Emma Bledsoe. They have two children, Bryan and Andrea,and a grandson, Andrew, and live on a ranch south of Dallas, Texas. He enjoys saltwaterfishing and warm latitudes.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: General Information

Chapter 2: Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

Chapter 3: Administration of Medications

Chapter 4: Medication Dosage Calculations

Chapter 5: Fluids, Electrolytes, and Intravenous Therapy

Chapter 6: The Autonomic Nervous System

Chapter 7: Medications Used in the Treatment of Cardiovascular Emergencies

Chapter 8: Medications Used in the Treatment of Respiratory Emergencies

Chapter 9: Medications Used in the Treatment of Allergic Reactions and Anaphylaxis

Chapter 10: Medications Used in the Treatment of Metabolic-Endocrine Emergencies

Chapter 11: Medications Used in the Treatment of Neurological Emergencies

Chapter 12: Medications Used in the Treatment of Obstetrical and Gynecological Emergencies

Chapter 13: Toxicological Emergencies in Prehospital Care

Chapter 14: Medications Used in the Treatment of Behavioral Emergencies

Chapter 15: Medications Used in the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Emergencies

Chapter 16: sedation and Pain Management

Chapter 17: Weapons of Mass DestructioN

Appendix A: Glossary of Street Drug Names

Appendix B: Emergency Intravenous Fluids Quick Reference Guide

Appendix C: Quick Medication ReferencE

Appendix D: Common Home Prescription Drug Information

Appendix E: Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Life Support Treatment Flowchart

Appendix F: Medication Administration Skills

Appendix G: A Guide to Herbal Supplements Appendix H: Practice Problems Answer Key

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