With A Level Results Day just around the corner, we hope you get the results you need to start you on the road towards your dream of becoming a paramedic. It’s just a shame that that dream involves more studying and a ‘few’ more textbooks! But take it from us, it will all be worth it…
We’ve put together what we hope will be a helpful introduction into some of the reading material you might need and what you could expect whilst studying as an undergraduate. And for those reading this who have already battled through their first or second year (congrats!) but aren’t sure where to look for their next academic term or for when they’re out on the road, we’ve got that covered too.
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This second edition of Ambulance Care Essentials offers a complete guide to the skills, knowledge and understanding required to work as a support worker or similar within the ambulance service. Covering fundamental elements of the role, the book combines theoretical aspects of communication, legal and ethical issues and safeguarding with more practical areas such as manual handling, medical emergencies and a range of clinical skills. It includes in-depth chapters on the primary areas of patient assessment as well as covering different patient populations across the life course. It is an essential resource for anyone wanting to prepare themselves for a role within the ambulance service.
This textbook is aimed at a much lower level than Paramedic (it is in fact the ideal resource for Community First Responders) but works well as giving a general overview. Grounded in practice and covering the full remit of the CFR role, the book takes you through the skills that you need when working with patients. Topics range from communication skills to manual handling, trauma care and cardiac arrest.
Please Note: The majority of the content of both of these books is also included and expanded upon in Ambulance Care Practice (see Year One: A Fresher Start).
Like a dog’s not just for Christmas, JRCALC isn’t just for university – it’s for life.
The Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee Guidelines are the essential resource for Paramedics. JRCALC combines expert advice with practical guidance to help Paramedics in their challenging roles and supports them in providing patient care. The book covers a wide range of topics, from resuscitation, medical emergencies, trauma, obstetrics and medicines to major incidents, staff wellbeing and many more.
From an emergency call to end of life care, this textbook is an essential guide for paramedic students. It provides a complete overview of the key skills, knowledge and understanding required to work at ambulance associate practitioner level or similar within the ambulance service, covering theoretical aspects and practical application, as well as a range of different clinical procedures and patient populations. Chapters include communication, mental health, patient assessment and safeguarding.
As this is such a key topic in the Paramedic Science degree programme, we have two textbooks for you – one for theory, one for practice.
The Anatomy & Physiology for Health Professionals features a total of six multifaceted ‘Units’ which build upon an understanding of basic knowledge, take readers through intermediate subjects, and finally delve into complex topics that stimulate critical thinking.
UK Edited Anatomy & Physiology Workbook includes colouring and labelling activities along with self-assessment tests for virtually every structure of the human body. It offers paramedic students a better understanding of anatomy and physiology with the view that this will help inform their practice and provide the best quality of care for their patients as healthcare professionals.
The Paramedic Pocket Guide will be an essential resource for you as it features common drug sections, advanced life support, trauma and updated paediatric medications. It’s also in an easy to follow, quick view layout.
This book offers a wealth of knowledge about the importance of decision making in healthcare practice to reduce clinical risk and improve outcomes for patients. The text explores the role of the modern paramedic and of the paramedic as a critical thinker. It offers a unique perspective on clinical decision making, highlighting important aspects such as the balance between intuition and experience as well as professional issues.
This all-encompassing, four-colour text is designed to make you a fully advanced interpreter of ECGs. Level 1 provides basic information for those with minimal experience interpreting ECGs. Level 2 provides intermediate information for those with a basic understanding of the principles of electrocardiography. Level 3 provides advanced information for those with some mastery of the subject. The entire text is written in a friendly, easy-to-read tone. Additionally, the text contains real-life, full-size ECG strips that are integrated throughout the text and analysed in conjunction with the concepts they illustrate.
Childbirth – not only a life-changing experience for the mother, but also for you as a Paramedic in an emergency situation; this book is designed to make it a little less daunting. It will be an essential resource for you as a Paramedic, should you come into contact with emergency birth. The book has been specifically adapted from the official JRCALC Guidelines, the established standard for pre-hospital care. For this unique publication, many topics have been expanded upon, including Maternal Resuscitation, Umbilical Cord Prolapse, Shoulder Dystocia and Post-partum Haemorrhage.
Written by paramedics, for paramedics, it includes chapters on information governance, mental capacity, clinical negligence and medical research, with a specific focus on legislation and case law across the United Kingdom. Practical top tips are outlined in chapters focusing on paramedic use of social media, gaining consent and the assessment and treatment of children. Realistic case studies prompt the reader to consider the legislation relating to mental health, medicines management as well as palliative and end of life care.
Designed to serve as both an introductory resource as well as a text which may support your existing knowledge, Practice Education in Paramedic Science is a clear and easy-to-use guide for would-be registered paramedics hoping to become practice educators as well as those already taking on board the practice educator role. While this is something you might use more post-university, it’s important to have a sound understanding of the practice educator role within the paramedic profession, as many universities include modules on practice education within their degree programme.
This UK localised edition continues the PHTLS mission to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all clinicians involved in the delivery of prehospital care through global education. PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the belief that prehospital clinicians make the best decisions on behalf of their patients when given a solid foundation of knowledge and key principles to fuel their critical-thinking skills.
Paediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) is the leading training course on the care of children in emergency and community settings written by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In the first ever United Kingdom edition, the book has been expanded and brought in line with guidance from the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Authority, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Resuscitation Council UK.]
Geriatric Education For Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) is a course designed to prepare EMS practitioners to respond to the unique challenges and needs of an older patient. The course aims to empower practitioners with geriatric specific training to help them improve the medical outcomes and quality of life for these patients.
Arrhythmia Recognition: The Art of Interpretation teaches you how to interpret a rhythm strip using foundational concepts and a step-by-step approach. Presented in an unintimidating, conversational writing style, this textbook facilitates understanding of this complex subject. This text is appropriate for anyone who wishes to learn how to accurately interpret arrhythmias. Students gain a solid understanding of electrophysiology and pathophysiologic mechanisms in the heart, and learn how to apply this knowledge to the rhythm strip.
In your role as a paramedic, you’ll frequently encounter patients who are receiving palliative or end of life care. As professionals whose training focuses on saving lives, how can you help patients who are approaching the end of theirs?
Published earlier this year, Palliative and End of Life Care for Paramedics provides a comprehensive overview of palliative and end of life care and how it fits in with the role of the paramedic. Bringing together a range of authors, including paramedics and palliative care specialists, the book covers relevant aspects of caring for patients at the end of life. Topics include philosophy, ethics and psychosocial factors as well as how to deal with palliative care emergencies, symptom control and caring for the dying patient. It also covers enhanced communication skills and how to support relatives and loved ones along with a chapter on professional resilience as a paramedic and coping with death.
Human factors is a scientific discipline which is used to understand the interacting elements and design of a complex system, aimed at improving system performance and optimising human well-being.
This brand new book, publishing in September 2020, is a helpful and informative guide, providing frontline paramedics and ambulance clinicians with practical advice and knowledge of human factors that will be helpful in supporting safe and effective practice for all involved. Above all, it shows how an understanding and application of human factors principles can enhance system performance and well-being, and ultimately lead to safer patient care.
This third edition of the Emergency Ambulance Response Driver’s Handbook is the essential resource for all professional drivers of ambulances. It provides drivers with a safe and effective basis for their driving practice as well as an understanding of how to minimise any risk to ambulance drivers, passengers and other road users. It’s designed to serve as both an introductory resource for self-learning or alongside a training course, as well as a text which can help to refresh and enhance your existing knowledge. This book forms a vital part of the training of any driver of emergency response vehicles.
On the battlefield, seconds count. PHTLS: Prehospital Trauma Life Support, Military Edition teaches and reinforces the principles of rapidly assessing a trauma patient using an orderly approach, immediately treating life-threatening problems as they are identified, and minimising any delays in initiating transport to an appropriate destination
Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) is the leading course for prehospital practitioners in advanced medical assessment and treatment of commonly encountered medical conditions. Taught throughout the world since 1999, AMLS was the first EMS education program that fully addressed how to best manage patients in medical crises. This UK-localised version of AMLS has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure its accuracy and relevance to the UK market. As paramedics are continuously playing an ever-increasing role in the recognition and management of a wide range of patient conditions, this course is perfectly aligned to the development of the paramedic role in the UK.
Covering many aspects of dermatology, this brand new handy and comprehensive aid is packed with key information on skin problems including quick reference treatment guidelines and an A–Z of common skin conditions seen in primary care.
Topics include: the integumentary system; anatomy and physiology; how skin is affected by infection, ageing and ethnicity; skin healing and wound management; describing skin conditions; pharmacology; eczema and dermatitis; fungal infections; acne vulgaris; evaluation of melanoma and pigmented lesions; common skin conditions in primary care.
And of course, these aren’t all the textbooks we offer; there’s a whole host of titles for you to explore on our website as well…
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