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Going above and beyond the new DOT curriculum, this book offers a high level–yet practical–approach to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the full range of adult medical emergencies. Each well-illustrated 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. Includes real-world case studies. Assumes a familiarity with anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, and an overall understanding of the nature of medical emergencies. Assessment of the Medical Patient. Airway Management, Ventilation, and Oxygenation Therapy. IV Access and Medication Administration. Hypoperfusion (Shock). Dyspnea. Chest Pain. Altered Mental Status. Acute Abdominal Pain. Gastrointestinal Bleeding. Seizures and Seizure Disorders. Syncope. Headache, Nausea, and Vomiting. Case Studies. For EMTs, paramedics, nurses, and others involved in emergency medical care.
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Twink Dalton is a nurse and a paramedic. She worked as an Emergency Department nurse, worked with EMS training programs, was a trauma coordinator and worked with the Omaha Fire Department and Pridemark Paramedic Services. She is now the Director of the EMS Division of the Mountain View Fire Protection District. Twink lectures nationally and is a well known author.
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