Key Features

  • Case based using real pre-hospital and retrieval situations
  • Visually assisted format; high level discussion
  • Question format followed by extensive discussion
  • Designed for members of a multidisciplinary team
  • Operationally useful appendices, including recommended equipment lists
  • Covers paediatric patients; major incidents such as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear; polytrauma; flight physiology; advanced multi-organ support; end of life decisions in the field.

Table of Contents

Section A - Pre-hospital Medicine

1. Scene safety I

2. Scene safety II

3. Entrapment

4. Pre-hospital anaesthesia I

5. Pre-hospital anaesthesia II

6. Pre-hospital equipment

7. Preparing for transport I

8. Preparing for transport II

9. Polytrauma I

10. Polytrauma II

11. Polytrauma III

12. Polytrauma IV

13. Polytrauma V

14. Penetrating disease I

15. Penetrating disease II

16. Diving (hyperbaric) emergencies

17. Transfer issues

18. Pre-hospital sedation

19. Multiple patients I

20. Multiple patients II

21. Pre-hospital tasking and clinical coordination

22. Major incident I

23. Major incident II

Section B - Retrieval Medicine

1. Inter and intra hospital transfers

2. Flight physiology

3. Retrieval equipment

4. Critical illness and retrieval I

5. Critical illness and retrieval II

6. Critical illness and retrieval III

7. Critical illness and retrieval IV

8. Critical illness and retrieval V

9. Paediatric retrieval I

10. Paediatric retrieval II

11. Paediatric retrieval III

12. Unexpected inflight emergency during retrieval.

13. Diagnostics in retrieval medicine

14. Advanced multi-organ support in transit

15. Mental illness

16. Envenomation

17. End of life decisions in the retrieval environment

18. Retrieval tasking and Clinical Coordination

Section C – Service development and special circumstances

1. Operational safety and Crew Resource Management (CRM) I

2. Operational safety and Crew Resource Management (CRM) II

3. Military medicine I

4. Military medicine II

5. Vertical hoist and physical rescue

6. Commercial in-flight emergency

7. Event medicine


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Churchill Livingstone Australia
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About the authors

Dan Ellis

Dr Dan Ellis MBBS (London), FIMC RCSEd, FCEM, FACEM, FFICM, FRCS(Eng), MRCP(UK), MRCA, DMCC, EDIC Director, MedSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval Service, South Australia; Deputy Director of Trauma and Senior Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia; Clinical Senior Lecturer, Acute Care Medicine, University of Adelaide; South Australia Emeritus Consultant, Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), London, UK

Matthew Hooper

Associate Professor MB BS, DipIMC RCS(Ed), FACEM, FCICM Chief Medical Officer, South Australian Ambulance Service Senior Consultant, MedSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval Service Senior Consultant, Intensive and Critical Care Unit – Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia; Squadron Leader, Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve