Advanced Medical Life Support

ISBN-10: 0131723405

ISBN-13: 9780131723405

Edition: 3rd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Alice Dalton, Joseph J. Mistovich, Howard A. Werman, Twink M. Dalton, Daniel J. Limmer

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Going above and beyondthe new DOT curriculum, this book offers a high levelyet practicalapproach to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the full rangeof adult medical emergencies. Each well-illustrated chapter discusses realistic methods that a seasoned EMS practitioner would usemoving 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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Book details

List price: $105.33
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/4/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Assessment of the Medical Patient
Categorize the Patient: Medical versus Trauma
Components of the Medical Assessment
Dispatch Information
Scene Size-Up
Body Substance Isolation
Scene Safety
Nature of the Illness
Number of Patients
Additional Resources
Agents of Terrorism
Entering the Scene
Physiologically Stable or Unstable Criteria
Initial Assessment
Form a General Impression
Assess Mental Status
Assess the Airway
Assess Breathing
Assess Circulation
Establish Patient Priorities
Focused History and Physical Exam
Responsive Patient
Unresponsive or Altered Mental Status Patient
Possibilities to Probabilities: Forming a Differential Field Diagnosis
Detailed Physical Exam
Ongoing Assessment
Airway Management, Ventilation, and Oxygen Therapy
Anatomy and Physiology
Upper Airway Anatomy
Upper Airway Physiology
Lower Airway Anatomy
Respiratory Physiology
Oxygen Supplementation
Airway Management
Ventilation Equipment and Techniques
Tracheal Intubation
Alternative Methods of Intubation
Nasotracheal Intubation
Digital Intubation
Lighted-Stylet Intubation
Alternative Airway Devices
Pharyngeotracheal Lumen Airway
Esophageal-Tracheal Combitube Airway
Laryngeal Mask Airway
Surgical Techniques of Airway Control
Percutaneous Transtracheal Jet Ventilation
Retrograde Intubation
Surgical Cricothyroidotomy
Rapid Sequence Intubation
General Procedure
Sedative Agents
Neuromuscular Blockade
Guidelines for Airway and Ventilation Support
Patient Assessment
Patient Monitoring
IV Access and Medication Administration
Medication Administration
Medication Administration Methods
Venous Access
Decision Making
Peripheral and Central Lines
Performing Venipuncture
Intraosseous Infusion
Delivering Medication by Injection
Intramuscular Injection
Subcutaneous Injection
Other Methods of Medication Administration
Tracheal Administration
Sublingual Administration
Oral Administration
Rectal Administration
Hypoperfusion (Shock)
Defining Hypoperfusion and Shock
Anatomy and Physiology of Tissue Perfusion
Pathophysiology of Shock
The Classic Stages of Shock
Differential Diagnosis
Hypovolemic Shock
Obstructive Shock
Distributive Shock
Cardiogenic Shock
Factors Affecting Shock
Assessment Priorities
Initial Assessment
Focused History and Physical Exam
Management Priorities
Presence of Pulmonary Edema
Dyspnea, Respiratory Distress, or Respiratory Failure
Anatomy and Physiology
Determining the Severity of Respiratory Distress or Failure
Scene Size-Up
Initial Assessment
Focused History and Physical Exam
Differential Diagnosis and Management Priorities
Airway Obstruction
Respiratory Diseases
Cardiac Diseases
Neuromuscular Disorders
Other Causes of Dyspnea
Chest Discomfort or Pain
Anatomy and Physiology
Initial Approach to Chest Discomfort or Pain
Immediate Priorities
Focused History and Physical Exam
Differential Diagnosis and Management Priorities
Acute Myocardial Infarction
Unstable Angina
Aortic Dissection
Pulmonary Embolism
Esophageal Disruption
Cardiac Tamponade
Simple Pneumothorax/Tension Pneumothorax
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Altered Mental Status
Terminology and Altered Mental Status
The Pathophysiology of Altered Mental Status
The Cerebrum
The Reticular Activating System
Structural and Metabolic Alterations
General Assessment and Management of Altered Mental Status
Scene Size-Up
Initial Assessment
Focused History and Physical Exam
Adjunctive Equipment and Interventions
Ongoing Assessment
Differential Diagnosis: Intracranial Causes of Altered Mental Status
Traumatic Head Injuries
Cranial Infection
Seizure Activity
Intracranial Tumor
Differential Diagnosis: Extracranial Causes of Altered Mental Status
Pulmonary Causes
Cardiac Causes
Diabetes Mellitus
Hepatic Encephalopathy
Uremic Encephalopathy
Acidosis and Alkalosis
Electrolyte Imbalances
Thyroid Disorders
Wernicke's Encephalopathy and Korsakoff's Syndrome
Toxic Encephalopathies
Environmental Causes
Acute Abdominal Pain
When the Chief Complaint Is Abdominal Pain
Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology
Anatomy and Physiology of the Abdomen
Pathophysiology of Abdominal Pain
Differential Diagnosis
Right Hypochondriac Region
Epigastric Region
Left Hypochondriac Region
Umbilical and Hypogastric Regions
Right and Left Lumbar Regions
Right Iliac Region
Left Iliac Region
Scene Size-Up and Initial Assessment
Focused History and Physical Exam
Palliation of Pain
Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology
Characteristics of Blood in the GI Tract
Seizures and Seizure Disorders
Anatomy and Physiology of the Brain
Anatomy and Physiology
Classification and Terminology
Generalized Seizures
Partial Seizures
Differential Diagnosis
Central Nervous System Injury or Dysfunction
Metabolic Disorders
Infectious Diseases
Assessment and Management Priorities
Scene Size-Up
Initial Assessment
Focused History and Physical Exam
Ongoing Assessment
Mechanisms of Syncope
Cardiocirculatory Syncope
Metabolic Syncope
Neurologic Syncope
Miscellaneous Causes of Syncope
Patient Assessment and Differential Diagnosis
Scene Size-Up and Initial Assessment
Focused History and Physical Exam
Prehospital Management
Headache, Nausea, and Vomiting
Anatomy and Physiology
Tension-Type Headache
Patient Assessment
Differential Diagnosis
Management Priorities
Nausea and Vomiting
Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
Patient Assessment
Differential Diagnosis
Management Priorities
Putting It All Together: Scenarios
The Scenarios
Difficulty Breathing
Difficulty Breathing
Abdominal Pain
Altered Mental Status
Altered Mental Status
Chest Pain
Sudden-Onset Paraplegia
Unconscious Woman
Pharmacology Index
Electrocardiographic Interpretation
Anatomy and Physiology Illustrations
Normal Laboratory Values
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