Principles of Patient Assessment in EMS / Edition 1

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Overview

A concrete approach to assessing patients and situations in the field that presents the relationship between assessment findings and pathology in an informal yet informative manner. Includes detailed descriptions of physical exams and history-taking methods as relevant to respiratory, cardiac, neurological, abdominal and psychological traumas. Case studies and Web activities are integrated throughout to provide a realistic context and enhance material.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766838994
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/3/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Elling, REMT-P has been involved in EMS since 1975. He is an active paramedic in upstate NY, National Faculty for the AHA, and Regional Faculty for the NYS Bureau of EMS. Bob is also a Professor of Management for Andrew Jackson University as well as a BLS Guidelines 2005 Editor/Writer for the American Heart Association. He has served as a paramedic and lieutenant for NYC EMS, Program Director for the Hudson Valley Community College's Institute of Prehospital Emergency Medicine, Associate Director of the NYS EMS Program, and the Education Coordinator for PULSE: Emergency Medical Update. Bob is an author/coauthor of many books including: Principles of Assessment in EMS and IRM, Why-Driven EMS Enrichment, Co-author of the National First Responder, Paramedic and EMT-Intermediate curricula.

Kirsten (Kirt) Elling is a career paramedic who works for the Town of Colonie in upstate New York. She began EMS work in 1988 as an EMT/firefighter and has been a National Registered paramedic since 1991. She has been an EMS educator since 1990, teaching basic and advanced EMS programs at the Institute of Prehospital Emergency Medicine in Troy, New York. Kirt serves as Regional Faculty for the NYS DOH, Bureau of EMS and the American Heart Association. She has written numerous scripts for the EMS training video series PULSE: Emergency Medical Update. She is also the author and co-author of several books including The EMT-Basic Exam Review & The Emergency Medical Responder Exam Review, Why-Driven EMS Review, and The Paramedic Exam Review. Kirt was also a contributing author of the IPEM Paramedic Lab Manual, and an adjunct writer for the 1998 revision of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, EMT-Paramedic and EMT-Intermediate: National Standard Curricula and the 2007 Paramedic Practice Guidelines.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Overview to Patient Assessment. Chapter 2: Listening to Patients. Chapter 3: Sizing Up the Scene. Chapter 4: The Initial Assessment. Chapter 5: Making a Priority Decision. Chapter 6: Baseline and Serial Vital Signs. Chapter 7: The Focused History and Physical Examination of the Trauma Patient. Chapter 8: The Rapid Trauma Examination. Chapter 9: The Focused History and Physical Examination of the Medical Patient. Chapter 10: The Rapid Physical Examination. Chapter 11: The Detailed Physical Examination. Chapter 12: The Focused History and Physical Examination of the Respiratory Patient. Chapter 13: The Focused History and Physical Examination of the Cardiac Patient. Chapter 14: The Focused History and Physical Examination of the Patient with a Neurological Problem. Chapter 15: the Focused History and Physical Examination of the Patient with Abdominal Pain. Chapter 16: The Focused History and Physical Examination of the Patient with a Behavioral Problem. Chapter 17: The Assessment Approach for the Pediatric Patient. Chapter 18: The Assessment Approach for the Pregnant Patient. Chapter 19: The Assessment Approach for the Elderly Patient. Chapter 20: The Ongoing Assessment. Chapter 21: Comprehensive Examination and Health Assessment. Chapter 22: Pulling It All Together. Appendix A: Assessment Pocket Tool. Appendix B: Standard Abbreviations. Appendix C: Skills Sheets for Focused Assessments. Appendix D: Practical Examination Skill Sheet for Patient Assessment. Appendix E: Emergency Information Form For Children with Special Needs. Appendix F: Answer Key to Review Questions. Resources. Glossary. Index.

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