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For courses in Outdoor Emergency Care.


Developed in partnership with the National Ski Patrol, Outdoor Emergency Care, Fifth Edition, offers relevant, invaluable content for all emergency first responders working in an outdoor environment. The contributing authors and reviewers are highly respected experts in education in the outdoor emergency care community. The vast  experience of  these individuals, combined with over 90 years of EMS work and ski patrolling from the editors alone, has been incorporated into every chapter of this text, providing you with a learning resource that is rich in practical knowledge. This book should be used not only as an initial text but maintained on your bookshelf as a valuable reference manual.




Pedagogical features designed to provide you with the best possible learning resource–to practice what you’ve learned. 

  • Each chapter includes a Case Study; Stop, Think, and Understand self quizzes; Chapter Review exercises; and a Scenario.
  • You will also find a running historical timeline documenting the NSP’s rich history, giving insight on how and why the organization was founded and continues to serve.
  • Each chapter starts with a case study called Case Presentation. The Case Update provides readers with more information about the patient, the progression of the chief complaint, assessment, and management. At the end of each segment, readers are asked what they would do next to begin the critical thinking process. The Case Disposition provides a conclusion at the end of the chapter. 
  • Key terms are listed in the front of each chapter.  Each is also placed with its definition in the margin at the point where the term is first used.
  • Objectives describe and delineate learning outcomes desired for each chapter and highlight testable knowledge for which learners are responsible. They are repeated in the margin where information related to the objective is introduced and discussed.
  • A completely new, dynamic, visually appealing photo program captures the spirit and skill of providing outdoor emergency care.
  • Found at key points in the chapter, Stop, Think, and Understand (STU) exercises contain a variety of questions and activities designed to help readers evaluate their comprehension of material just covered in that portion of the chapter.
  • Stop, Think and Apply (STAs) activities and questions found at the end of each section of the book offer critical-thinking as well as scenario-based questions that require the reader to consider in-depth all aspects of an emergency situation in formulating a plan.
  • OEC Skills, at the end of chapters where skills are introduced, provide a visual reference to procedures such as applying a traction splint or backboard. Some Skills have accompanying Skill Guides that identify critical performance indicators (CPIs)–specific steps required for the reader to perform that skill.
  • Each chapter ends with a Chapter Summary, Remember..., and Key Points that offer useful reinforcement of chapter content.
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    Table of Contents

    Section 1 — Preparing to Be an OEC Technician

    Chapter 1 Introduction to Outdoor Emergency Care

    Chapter 2 Introduction to Emergency Care Systems

    Chapter 3 Rescue Basics

    Chapter 4 Incident Command and Triage

    Chapter 5 Lifts, Loads and Transportation

    Section 2 — The Basics of Patient Care

    Chapter 6 Human Anatomy and Physiology 

    Chapter 7 Patient Assessment 

    Chapter 8 Medical Communications

    Section 3 — Critical Interventions

    Chapter 9 Airway  Management

    Chapter 10 Shock Management

    Section 4 — Medical Emergencies

    Chapter 11 Altered Mental Status

    Chapter 12 Substance Abuse and Poisoning

    Chapter 13 Respiratory Emergencies

    Chapter 14 Allergies and Anaphylaxis

    Chapter 15 Cardiovascular Emergencies 

    Chapter 16 Gastrointestinal/Genitourinary Emergencies  

    Section 5 — Trauma

    Chapter 17 Principles of Trauma

    Chapter 18 Soft Tissue Injuries

    Chapter 19 Burns

    Chapter 20 Musculoskeletal Injuries

    Chapter 21 Head and Spine Injuries

    Chapter 22 Face, Eye and Throat Emergencies

    Chapter 23 Thoracic Trauma 

    Chapter 24 Abdomen & Pelvic Trauma 

    Section 6 — Environmental Conditions

    Chapter 25 Cold Emergencies

    Chapter 26 Heat Emergencies

    Chapter 27 Plants and Animals

    Chapter 28 Altitude Emergencies

    Chapter 29 Water Emergencies

    Section 7 — Special Populations and Situations

    Chapter 30 Pediatrics

    Chapter 31 Geriatrics 

    Chapter 32 Outdoor Adaptive Athletes 

    Chapter 33 Behavioral Emergencies

    Chapter 34  OB/GYN Emergencies

    Section 8 — Beyond OEC

    Chapter 35  Special Operations

    Chapter 36 ALS Interface

    App 1 Survival Rule of the Three’s

    App 2 OEC Personal Skills Inventory

    App 3 Emergency Care Equipment

    App 4 Glossary

    App 5 Answer Key

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