Setting new standards for EMT-Basic education, this dynamic text brings the exciting and challenging work of an emergency medical technician to life. From the step-by-step skill presentations and real stories from EMTs to the scenario-based approach that ties the learning material together, Fundamentals of Basic Emergency Care gives you what it takes to make it on the streets. Inside you'll learn everything from airway management to zoonotic disease, and you'll be challenged to think critically so that you'll make smart decisions under pressure. We're serious about preparing you for the fast-paced and rewarding occupation of an emergency medical technician: lives depend on it.
Real stories from EMTs across the United States tell you how they responded to unique situations.
Case studies teach you how to think critically and prepare to problem-solve in this fast-paced environment.
"Street Smart" tips from veteran EMTs provide advice and perspective on providing care in challenging situations.
Photographic layouts lead you step-by-step through essential skills with accompanying skill sheets in the workbook to help you gauge your progress.
Double Talk highlights introduce medical terms and phrases and explain how to communicate this information to patients in plain language.
"Ask the Doc" provides medical standards straight from position papers and research by the National Association of EMS Physicians so you will be up-to-date on the latest and most innovative information in the field.
Internet links direct you to sources of additional knowledge and research.
"Cultural Consideration" boxes draw attention to cultural issues that may impact patient care.
New chapters on stroke, abdominal pain, responding to terrorism, and rural emergencies offer the most in-depth coverage of these important areas.
The ABC's of assessment, Airway, Breathing and Circulation chapters appear together and earlier in the text so that this core knowledge is built upon and applied to each discussion and to specific emergencies.