Paramedic Principles and Practice

Paramedic Principles and Practice

A Clinical Reasoning Approach

2nd Edition - October 15, 2019
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  • Authors: Brett Williams, Linda Ross
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780729543064

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Edited by expert academics and educators, Brett Williams and Linda Ross, and written by content specialists and experienced clinicians, this essential resource encourages readers to see the links between the pathophysiology of a disease, how this creates the signs and symptoms and how these should to be managed in the out-of-hospital environment. Additionally, Paramedic Principles and Practice 2e will arm readers with not only technical knowledge and expertise, but also the non-technical components of providing emergency care, including professional attitudes and behaviours, decision-making, teamwork and communication skills. Case studies are strategically used to contextualise the principles, step readers through possible scenarios that may be encountered and, importantly, reveal the process of reaching a safe and effective management plan. The case studies initially describe the pathology and typical presentation of a particular condition and progress to more-complex and less-typical scenarios where the practitioner faces increasing uncertainty.

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: PARAMEDIC PRINCIPLES

    SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION TO PARAMEDIC
    PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE
    1. Introduction

    SECTION 2: FOUNDATION KNOWLEDGE
    2. Perfusion
    3. The autonomic response
    4. The inflammatory response
    5. Pharmacokinetics & pharmacodynamics

    SECTION 3: FOUNDATION CONCEPTS

    6. Evidence based practice in paramedicine
    7. The clinical reasoning process

    SECTION 4: COMMUNICATION AND NON-TECHNICAL SKILLS

    8. Interpersonal communication & Patient focused care

    SECTION 5: THE AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS

    9. The paramedic role in healthcare
    10. Characteristics of ambulance patients

    SECTION 6: PATIENT AND PARAMEDIC SAFETY

    11. Patient safety and paramedicine
    12. Paramedic health and wellbeing

    SECTION 7: LEGAL, ETHICAL AND PROFESSIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

    13. Legal and ethical considerations in clinical decision making

    PART 2: PARAMEDIC PRACTICE

    SECTION 8: THE PARAMEDIC CLINICAL APPROACH

    14. The structured clinical approach
    15. The patient-centred interview

    SECTION 9: THE PARAMEDIC APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH A RESPIRATORY CONDITION

    16. Airway obstruction
    17. Asthma
    18. Acute pulmonary oedema
    19. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    20. Pneumothorax
    21. Pulmonary embolism

    SECTION 10: THE PARAMEDIC APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH A CARDIAC CONDITION

    21. Chest pain
    22. Arrhythmias
    23. Cardiac arrest

    SECTION 11: THE PARAMEDIC APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH A MEDICAL CONDITION

    24. Hypoglycaemia & hyperglycaemia
    25. Stroke
    26. Overdose
    27. Anaphylaxis
    28. Seizures
    29. Pain
    30. Acute abdominal pain
    31. Sepsis
    32. Gastrointestinal and urinary tract bleeding

    SECTION 12: THE PARAMEDIC APPROACH TO THE TRAUMA PATIENT

    33. Head injuries
    34. Chest injuries
    35. Musculoskeletal injuries
    36. Traumatic spinal injuries
    37. Burns
    38. Mass casualty

    SECTION 13: THE PARAMEDIC APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

    39. Hypothermia & hyperthermia
    40. Decompression injuries
    41. Envenomation
    42. Spider Bites
    43. Marine Envenoming
    44. Tropical medicine

    SECTION 14: THE PARAMEDIC APPROACH TO COMPLEX CASES: SPECIFIC CHALLENGES TO PARAMEDIC REASONING AND MANAGEMENT

    45. The socially isolated patient
    46. The dying patient
    47. Older patients
    48. Indigenous Australian patients
    49. Maori patients
    50. Family Violence

    SECTION 15: THE PARAMEDIC APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH A MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION

    51. Mental health conditions
    52. De-escalation strategies

    SECTION 16: THE PARAMEDIC APPROACH TO OBSTETRIC, NEONATAL AND PAEDIATRIC PATIENTS

    53. Imminent birth
    54. Neonatal resuscitation
    55. Paediatric patients

    Appendix 1: Medications commonly encountered in paramedic practice

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1100
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: October 15, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780729543064
  • About the Authors

    Brett Williams

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor and Head, Department of Paramedicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University

    Linda Ross

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Head, Postgraduate Programs & Deputy Head, Department of Paramedicine, Monash University