Emergency Care, Twelfth Edition,has set the standard for EMT training for over 30 years. Updated with the latest research and developments in emergency medical services, this edition meets the 2010 American Heart Association guidelines for CPR and ECC, providing all the practical information students need to succeed in the classroom and in the field. Using the National EMS Education Standards as a foundation, this edition goes beyond the Standards to provide the most current, accurate reflection of EMS practice today. Getting students to think like an EMT, the text integrates scientific principles in a way that's easy to understand, and a host of critical thinking features–including a new chapter, “Critical Thinking and Decision Making,”–helps students learn key concepts while getting a dose of the reality of being an EMT.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Summary: The book really tries to be thorough, and the chapters are (mostly) laid out in a logical order. However, little differences in language throughout the book, constant small things not matching up between book and workbook, and lack of details as demanded by the National EMT test left me very dissatisfied by the end of my EMT class and National test.
Pros: - Chapters organized in a (mostly) sensible way - End of chapter summaries are helpful and (mostly) summarize in an understandable way - Small dialogue/info/descriptive picture boxes in each chapter make chapters visually appealing
Cons: - Dialogue/info boxes are visually appealing but do not always break up info (e.g. signs and symptoms) in the most understandable way - Small differences of language throughout the book itself and between book and workbook give the impression that several people wrote different parts of the book and didn't check with each other - Chapters...
I bought this book for my EMT-B class. When I first received it and saw that it's the size of a phone book, I was pretty intimidated, but it's actually not that scary. They start you out with the basic information you need to know so by the time you get to the more complicated stuff, you understand what they're talking about. If you are buying this for an EMT class, make SURE you read EVERYTHING assigned and actually know what you read, or else you will fail miserably. Consider getting the workbook,too. It's good practice for the NREMT.
As an operational EMT I feel this book is great. I do not understand why other reviewers labeled it as 'inadequate' for a national text when any and every EMT knows that you must refer to your state specific protocols IN ADDITION TO, NEVER IN LIEU OF the nationally accepted training texts.
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