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Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine at a Glance

William H. Seligman, Sameer Ganatra, Timothy Parker, Syed Masud

ISBN: 978-1-118-82996-7 August 2017 Wiley-Blackwell 104 Pages


British Medical Association Book Award Winner - Young Authors Award of the Year 2018

Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine at a Glance
offers healthcare students and trainees the essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills relevant to the provision of immediate care outside of the hospital. This concise text provides information on the principles of managing acutely unwell patients with life-threatening injuries at the scene of their accident, all in highly-illustrated double-page spreads to help explain key messages.

This brand new title:

  • Looks at the ways in which pre-hospital care is organised and delivered in the United Kingdom
  • Explores some of the most common incidents that pre-hospital care teams attend to, including major trauma as well as cardiac arrests
  • Includes an illustrated introduction to some of the many practical procedures pre-hospital care teams must be able to perform including resuscitative thoracotomy and rapid sequence induction of anaesthesia
  • Takes into account the multi-disciplinary nature of the specialty
  • Features a section on careers within pre-hospital care for doctors and paramedics

Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine at a Glance is the perfect companion for medical students and junior doctors interested in learning more about pre-hospital care, as well as for paramedic students and paramedics who practise in the pre-hospital environment every day. 




Principles of pre-hospital care

1 History of pre-hospital care

2 Pre-hospital care today

3 Major trauma pathways in the UK

4 Emerging pre-hospital medical care pathways

5 Kinematics and mechanism of Injury

6 Hazardous materials

7 Human factors

8 Pre-hospital transport

9 Scene safety

Initial assessment and management of immediately life-threatening injuries

10 The primary survey

11 Control of major haemorrhage

12 Cervical spine injuries

13 Basic airway management

14 The difficult airway

15 Life-threatening chest trauma

16 Circulation I: haemodynamic instability

17 Circulation II: medical cardiac arrest

18 Circulation III: traumatic cardiac arrest

19 Pain relief and sedation

20 Head injury

21 Spinal injuries

22 Limb Injuries

Special considerations in trauma management

23 Paediatric trauma

24 Trauma in the pregnant woman

25 Trauma in the elderly

Practical skills in pre-hospital emergency medicine

26 Anaesthesia in the pre-hospital environment

27 The emergency surgical airway

28 Peripheral vascular access

29 Chest techniques

30 Resuscitative thoracotomy

31 Pre-hospital ultrasound

32 Packaging

33 Handover

Management of complex problems

34 Major incidents

35 Expedition medicine

36 Event medicine

37 Military pre-hospital emergency care

Careers in pre-hospital emergency medicine

38 Careers in pre-hospital emergency medicine – NHS England



Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine at a Glance covers the essentials in an easy-to-digest formula. This volume continues the trend of good quality information, covering enough to give readers a firm and solid grounding in the subject of pre-hospital emergency medicine (PHEM).

The book also acts as an aide‑memoire for the more experienced health professional. Each segment is illustrated with easily understandable and colourful diagrams, as well as tables with the most relevant information, which is great for quick reference … This volume is likely to be well-received as a concise, well-thought‑out reference that contains both up-to-date and emerging techniques used by ambulance personnel and specialist PHEM practitioners.’ Journal of Paramedic Practice