Advanced Medical Life Support,: A Practical Approach to Adult Medical Emergencies, 3rd Edition
Author Alice Dalton;
Format Softcover Medium Paper ISBN 9780131723405 Copyright Year 2007 Edition 3 Length 540 Pages
For courses in Advanced Medical Life Support, Paramedic, Continuing Education and In-Service Training. Can be used for the NAEMT AMLS course and is also a perfect compliment to the medical sections of a paramedic course.
Going well beyond the new DOT paramedic curriculum, this text offers a high level—yet practical—approach to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the full range of adult medical emergencies. Each chapter discusses realistic methods that a seasoned EMS practitioner would use—moving from assessment-based procedures with initial management of the threats, to field diagnosis and management of treatable underlying causes. Assumes a familiarity with anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, and an overall understanding of the nature of medical emergencies.
NEW—“Possibilities to Probabilities” —In Ch. 1.
Walks students through a reasoning process of patient assessment.
NEW—Clinical Insights—Exposes students to the pearls of clinical wisdom, tips, and insights from those working “in the trenches” —giving students the equivalent of having an experienced clinician following them around and giving them advice while they are assessing and treating patients.
Helps them be better prepared to diagnose, assess, and treat medical emergencies.
NEW—Advanced ECG and 12-Lead interpretation.
Introduces students to this important topic, or reinforces knowledge already gained to help students master this critical skill.
NEW—Updated AHA ACLS guidelines.
Applies the latest science and therapeutic guidelines to each medical complaint.
NEW—Updated, reorganized, and improved coverage—e.g., on altered mental status, seizure and syncope.
Provides students with an easy-to-understand and comprehensive presentation of material to help them be better care givers.
NEW—Updated science and research references—Throughout.
Exposes students to the latest updated clinical procedures, thinking, and approaches available to help them provide the best possible patient care.
Comprehensive and practical coverage of medical emergencies.
Gives students the practical information that experienced EMS providers took years to learn.
Introductory chapters on basic principles and procedures—e.g., assessment, airway management, oxygenation, ventilation, venous access, and medication administration.
Provides students with a firm foundation in the important techniques and procedures that underlie working with all medical emergencies.
An integrated, practical approach to specific medical complaints—Features individual chapters on such common medical complaints and presentations as shock, dyspnea, chest pain, altered mental status, acute abdominal pain, gastrointestinal bleeding, seizures, syncope, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Each chapter moves from assessment- and complaint-based initial assessment (identifying and controlling immediate life threats) to field diagnosis and management of immediately treatable underlying diseases.
Provides students with a realistic and effective approach to caring for patients—the kind of realistic approach a seasoned veteran would use.
“Treatment Pathways” in algorithm format—At the end of each complaint-based chapter.
Helps students quickly master the assessment and treatment steps required for the various emergency situations.
Case studies—Each chapter includes a case study (with an end-of-chapter follow-up), and a final “Case Studies” chapter presents eight patients with typical complaints. On the basis of the information given about each patient, students are challenged at various points during each case to identify and manage life threats, form a field impression of the underlying etiology, and determine appropriate treatment.
Invites students to use their critical thinking skills to bring together information from all prior chapters, and apply it to a variety of patients in hypothetical situations.
Full-color drawings and photographs.
Brings to life the various medical emergencies and their treatment.
Convenient pedagogic aids—Highlights terms, definitions, and key ideas in the margins; summarizes important information in boxes; provides table summaries of typical findings associated with various etiologies; provides a “Further Reading” bibliography.
Aids in study, review, and research projects.
Appendices on pharmacology and normal lab data.
Provides important reference information in single-volume convenience.