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Ambulance Care Essentials (ACE)

  • Buy nowFirst Edition
    ISBN: 9781859595824
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    ISBN: 9781859595831
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    ISBN: 9781859595855

Richard Pilbery and Kris Lethbridge

Please note the digital edition and online materials price excludes VAT. VAT will be applied at the checkout making the total UK cost: £34.99 for the eBook and £80.00 for the online material.

Ambulance Care Essentials (ACE) is a new book and online learning combination, for emergency care assistants and others working in ambulance services within the NHS and private sectors. The book and online materials cover the content that you need to know in order to be an effective member of the ambulance crew. Important theoretical aspects of the role, such as the principles of communication, legal, ethical and professional issues and health and safety are explained in detail. However, this is a practical job and you will learn how to undertake safe manual handling, conduct a scene and patient assessment, and perform practical procedures such as managing an airway and assessing a patient's breathing and circulation.  Supporting senior clinicians is also a key part of the emergency care assistant role, and the Ambulance Care Essentials book and online course (bought separately) have got this covered, with explanations on how to assist the paramedic with advanced airway techniques and obtaining intravenous cannulation. Other topics included in the Ambulance Care Essentials book and course ensure comprehensive coverage of the topics and patient populations that you will encounter, and includes: medical emergencies and trauma, cardiac arrest, obstetrics, paediatrics and older people.

** ONLINE LEARNING MATERIALS - You will be sent an enrolment card asking you to provide details to register for the course. As an individual you will not have tutor interaction unless you are enrolled with a Trust.



Module 1: Introduction 

  1. Course Guide
  2. Anatomy of an emergency call

Module 2: The Ambulance Service

  1. Response to a 999 call
  2. Roles within the ambulance service

Module 3: Communication

  1. Principles of communication 
  2. Practical communication

Module 4: Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues

  1. Being a healthcare professional 
  2. Consent and capacity 
  3. Confidentiality 
  4. Equality and diversity 
  5. Safeguarding adults and children

Module 5: Health and Safety 

  1. Health and safety policies and legislation 
  2. Risk assessment 
  3. Infection prevention and control 
  4. Fire safety 
  5. Stress

Module 6: Manual handling

  1. Musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology 
  2. Principles of manual handling
  3. Moving and handling equipment and techniques

Module 7: Scene Assessment 

  1. Scene assessment and safety
  2. Major incidents
  3. Hazardous materials

Module 8: Patient Assessment

  1. Patient assessment process

Module 9: Airway

  1. Airway anatomy
  2. Managing the airway
  3. Tracheostomies
  4. Choking in adults
  5. Choking in the paediatric patient 

Module 10: Breathing

  1. Respiratory system physiology
  2. Using medical gases safely 
  3. Assessment of breathing
  4. Common respiratory conditions

Module 11: Circulation

  1. Cardiovascular system anatomy and physiology
  2. Assessment of circulation 
  3. Common cardiovascular conditions

Module 12: Disability 

  1. Nervous system anatomy and physiology
  2. Assessment of disability 
  3. Disorders of the nervous system

Module 13: Exposure Environment 

  1. Extremes of temperature
  2. Drowning

Module 14: Medical Emergencies

  1. Anaphylaxis
  2. Diabetes
  3. Sepsis

Module 15: Trauma

  1. Mechanism of injury 
  2. Integumentary system anatomy and physiology 
  3. Wounds and bleeding
  4. Assessment and management of the trauma patient
  5. Skeletal immobilisation 
  6. Burns 

Module 16: Assisting the Paramedic

  1. Assisting the paramedic – Airway 
  2. Assisting the paramedic – Drug 

Module 17: Obstetrics

  1. Complications in pregnancy
  2. Normal childbirth
  3. Childbirth complications
  4. Newborn life support 

Module 18: Children and Infants 

  1. Why paediatric patients are different
  2. Initial assessment and management of the paediatric patient

Module 19: Older People

  1. Ageing
  2. Dementia

Module 20: Cardiac Arrest

  1. Adult basic life support
  2. Paediatric basic life support
  3. Defibrillation
  4. Cardiac arrest in special circumstances
  5. Post-resuscitation care
  6. Cardiac arrest decisions 


About the Authors

The authors are experienced ambulance service clinicians, who have ensured that the content is up-to-date, in line with existing national emergency care assistant qualifications and is evidence-based.

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