Pocketbook of Emergency Care, A Quick Reference Guide for Paramedics

Pocketbook of Emergency Care

A Quick Reference Guide for Paramedics

By Ian Greaves, QHS, OStJ FRCP FCEM FIMC RCS(Ed) FRGS, DTM&H DMCC DipMedEd RAMC, Defence Consultant Advisor in Emergency Medicine; Visiting Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Teesside; Consultant in Emergency Medicine, British Army, Middlesborough, UK; Keith Porter, MB BS FRCS FRCS(Ed) FIMC RCS(Ed) FSEM FCEM, Consultant Trauma Surgeon, Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, UK; Professor of Clinical Traumatology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK; Chris Wright, MB ChB, DipIMC, MCEM, RAMC, ADMEM, Specialist Registrar in Emergency Medicine and Prehospital Care, British Army, Researcher, Academic Department of Military Emergency Medicine, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, HEMS Doctor, Midlands Air Ambulance; Malcolm Woollard, MPH, MBA, MA(Ed), DipIMC(RCSEd), PGCE, RN, SRPara, FASI, Consultat Paramedic and Director, Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care Research Unit, Visiting Professor in Pre-hospital emergency Care, University of Teeside and Colonel Timothy J Hodgetts, CBE QHP MMEd MBA CMgr FRCP FRCSEd FCEM FIMCRCSEd FIHM FCMI L/RAMC, Defence Professor of Emergency Medicine, College of Emergency Medicine, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK


1. Approaching the scene

2. Approach to the Patient

3. An introduction to clinical examination

4. The Emergency Services

5. Basic life Support

6. Basic management of the airway and ventilation

7. Advanced management of the airway and ventilation

8. Intravascular access

9. Taking a medical history

10. Drug Formulary

11. Respiratory emergencies

12. The Cardiovascular System and the ECG

13. Assessment and monitoring

14. Cardiac arrest in adults: Advanced life support

15. Cardiovascular emergencies

16. The Unconscious Patient

17. The acute abdomen

18. Poisoning

19. Microbiology and Infection

20. Trauma

21. The primary and secondary survey

22. Shock

23. Head Injuries

24. Facial Injuries

25. Chest Injuries

26.Abdominal and genitourinary trauma

27. Bone and joint injuries

28. Spinal injuries

29. Patient Immobilization and Extrication

30. Blast and gunshot injuries

31. Burns

32. Wound management

33. Overview of Trauma Resuscitation

34. The Paediatric History

35. Assessment of the Paediatric Patient

36. The sick child

37. Paediatric cardiac arrest

38. The Injured Child

39. Care of the Elderly

40. Hypothermia

41. Near drowning

42. Heat illness

43. Electrocution

44. Chemical incident

45. Nuclear and Radiation Incidents

46. The Sports Arena

47. Rescue from Remote Places

48. Aeromedical Evacuation

49. Childbirth

50. Emergencies in pregnancy

51. Trauma in pregnancy

52. Neonatal Resuscitation and Transport

53. Substance abuse

54. The Uncooperative or Violent Patient

55. Psychiatric Emergencies

56. The Major Incident: an overview

57. Triage

58. The ambulance service at mass gatherings

59. Legal issues