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Paramedic Care: Principles & Practice, 5th Edition

Offers updated coverage of the latest guidelines, standards, current trends and practices in paramedicine

  • UPDATED: Chapter 1, “Trauma and Trauma Systems,” places emphasis on the evolving role of prevention of trauma in EMS, as preventing trauma is easier and less costly than treating trauma. There is emphasis on evaluating for possible spine injury and deciding, based on spinal protocols, which patients require spinal precautions.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 2, “Mechanism of Injury,” discusses both blunt trauma and penetrating trauma, which were separate chapters in the prior edition. There is a new section on hybrid vehicles and the dangers they present during collision analysis: electrocution and unexpected movement. A new section on quaternary blast injuries has been added to the discussion of blast injuries.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 3, “Hemorrhage and Shock,” includes a discussion of the recently increased use of tourniquets with emphasis on their dangers and their use only as a last resort. A new section introduces the drug tranexamic acid (TXA) as an antifibrinolytic that can mitigate deterioration of the blood clotting system that occurs with some trauma, reducing trauma mortality especially during long transport times. There is expanded information on fluid resuscitation for patients in hypovolemic shock and the varied responses that can be expected. Text regarding the pneumatic anti-shock garment (PASG) has been deleted; its use is no longer recommended.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 6, “Head, Neck, and Spinal Trauma,”  combines two formerly separate chapters on head, face, neck, and spine injury and on nervous system trauma.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 8, “Abdominal and Pelvic Trauma,” expands information about gunshot wounds to address, especially, high-velocity military-type gunshot wounds that are now occurring more often in civilian settings. Text regarding the pneumatic anti-shock garment (PASG) has been deleted; its use is no longer recommended.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 9, “Orthopedic Trauma,” removes references to nontraumatic injuries as they are covered in the medical chapter “Nontraumatic Musculoskeletal Disorders” (Volume 3, Chapter 13)
  • UPDATED: Chapter 11, “Special Considerations in Trauma,” revises the spinal precautions Section to de-emphasise automatic full spinal immobilisation and to emphasise the range of spinal precautions based on the NEXUS criteria, the Canadian C-Spine rule, or similar protocols.
Keeps students on track with their reading and understanding of the content
  • Chapter-opening Objectives keep students focused on learning the core concepts covered in the chapter.
  • Key Terms with page references  showing where they first appear help students master new terminology.
  • A Case Study draws students into the reading and creates a link between the text content and real-life situations and experiences.
Supports visual learning and reinforces concepts
  • Tables and Illustrations throughout every chapter provide visual support to enhance understanding.
  • Procedure Scans illustrate step-by-step how to perform core skills.
  • Patient Care Algorithms offer graphical pathways that integrate assessment and care procedures.
Provides critical-thinking opportunities for students throughout the text
  • You Make the Call features promote critical thinking by requiring students to apply principles to actual practice.
  • Patho Pearls offer a snapshot of pathological consider

For courses in Paramedic Emergency Medical Services

A strong, evidence-based foundation in the principles and practices of modern EMS       
Paramedic Care: Principles & Practice,
Fifth Edition
, offers EMS students and professionals a foundational guide and reference to paramedicine. Developed to stay ahead of current trends and practices, all five volumes are based on the National EMS Education Standards and the accompanying Paramedic Instructional Guidelines.

Volume 4, Trauma Emergencies, covers the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of trauma as well as the various types of trauma based on the body systems involved. The Fifth Edition includes an increased emphasis on trauma prevention, the most recent research on mechanism of injury, hemorrhage, and shock, and information about the military-type gunshot wounds that are now occurring more often in the civilian sector.

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Table of Contents

  1. Trauma and Trauma Systems
  2. Mechanism of Injury
  3. Hemorrhage and Shock
  4. Soft-Tissue Trauma
  5. Burns
  6. Head, Neck, and Spinal Trauma
  7. Chest Trauma
  8. Abdominal and Pelvic Trauma
  9. Orthopedic Trauma
  10. Environmental Trauma
  11. Special Considerations in Trauma

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