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Both a complete pharmacology text and a handy reference

  • Profiles of all medications and IV fluids commonly used in EMS settings allows for quick reference of classifications, action, indications, contraindications, precautions, side effects, dosages (adult and pediatric), and administration routes.
  • Full chapters on each type of emergency — cardiovascular, respiratory, anaphylactic, metabolic-¿endocrine, neurological, obstetrical, gynecological, and toxicological — give context to pharmacological recommendations.
  • Updated - The latest American Heart Association guidelines are reflected in the 8th edition.
  • Drug dosages unavailable in the AHA guidelines are taken from additional national standards provided in the AMA’s publication Drug Evaluations, the Physicians’ Desk Reference, and Pearson’s Health Professions Drug Guide.

Assessment of specific drugs and their uses

  • Updated - The text evaluates several medications now being used more commonly in EMS settings.
  • New - New information has been added on the use of ketamine to treat excited delirium and pain management.
  • Expanded - The evolving role of haloperidol to treat intractable vomiting syndromes and similar conditions is addressed.
  • Expanded - The expanding role of magnesium sulfate is now detailed. This agent is now being used more for nontraditional conditions.

Current trends impacting care standards

  • Current research and trends in evidence-¿based medicine help paramedics and other emergency personnel provide care that is fully grounded in the latest science.
  • Coverage of natural and herbal medications prepares students to anticipate or handle related interactions.
  • Full chapter on weapons of mass destruction provides crucial information for EMS personnel should they need to respond to acts of terrorism or mass destruction.
  • New - The concept of “push-dose pressor” is now discussed.

For courses in advanced emergency medical services.

A complete guide to need-to-know medications for EMS personnel
Prehospital Emergency Pharmacology is a comprehensive reference guide to the most common medications and fluids used in prehospital emergency care. A cornerstone of EMS education for over 30 years, the text reflects current trends in emergency care, especially the growing requirement for evidence-¿based care. Readers learn accepted practices in the U.S. and Canada as well as medication dosages that meet national standards of the AMA, AHA, and PDR. A valuable aid for both students and practitioners, the 8th edition has been extensively revised to reflect current trends in prehospital care and drugs that are now more commonly used in EMS settings, such as ketamine and haloperidol. 

Table of Contents

  • 1. General Information
  • 2. Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
  • 3. Administration of Medications
  • 4. Medication Dosage Calculations
  • 5. Fluids, Electrolytes, and Intravenous Therapy
  • 6. The Autonomic Nervous System
  • 7. Medications Used in the Treatment of Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • 8. Medications Used in the Treatment of Respiratory Emergencies
  • 9. Medications Used in the Treatment of Allergic Reactions and Anaphylaxis
  • 10. Medications Used in the Treatment of Metabolic–Endocrine Emergencies
  • 11. Medications Used in the Treatment of Neurological Emergencies
  • 12. Medications Used in the Treatment of Obstetrical and Gynecological Emergencies
  • 13. Medications Used in Toxicological Emergencies
  • 14. Medications Used in the Treatment of Behavioral Emergencies
  • 15. Medications Used in the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Emergencies
  • 16. Sedation and Pain Management
  • 17. Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Appendices
  • A. Glossary of Street Drug Names
  • B. Emergency Intravenous Fluids Quick Reference Guide
  • C. Quick Medication Reference
  • D. Common Home Prescription Drug Information
  • E. Medication Administration Skills
  • F. A Guide to Herbal Supplements
  • G. Practice Problems Answer Key—Chapter 4

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