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Medical Case Studies for the Paramedic

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Stephen J. Rahm, NRP

Paramedics must perform a systematic assessment of the patient, determine appropriate treatment, and give it.  While assessment and management principles are learned in initial training, they are not practiced until training is completed.  Now, paramedic students can apply these principles with Medical Case Studies for the Paramedic.

Medical Case Studies for the Paramedic presents 20 case studies on the most important medical emergencies for the ALS-level reader. A superb supplement to classroom and textbook learning, this book allows the reader to practice applying knowledge to cases before actually going on an emergency call.

The types of emergencies include a range of presentations such as semiconsciousness, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, weakness, nausea, headache, slurred speech, chest pain, allergic reaction, seizure, and anxiety. Each case study is presented in full, poses questions to the reader, and is followed by a summary of the case, including answers to the questions posed.

The objectives for each of the case studies in this book are as follows: 
  • Describe the appropriate initial management based on initial assessment findings.
  • Interpret the patient’s cardiac rhythm, and determine if a correlation exists between the patient’s condition and their cardiac rhythm.
  • Formulate a field impression based on the patient’s signs and symptoms, and findings of the focused history and physical examination.
  • Determine if the patient’s vital sign values and SAMPLE history findings are consistent with your field impression.
  • Identify specific treatment that is required for the patient’s condition.
  • Determine if further treatment is required following a post-treatment reassessment of the patient.
  • Based on the patient’s condition, identify any special considerations for care.
Features & Benefits
  • Each chapter begins with a case study.  Each case begins with a thorough case presentation.
  • Initial Assessment information is presented in a table.
  • Fill-in-the-blank questions are interspersed throughout the case for students to answer as they read.
  • Focused History and Physical Examination information is presented in a table. 
  • High-quality rhythm strips show the patient’s cardiac rhythm.
  • Baseline Vital Signs and SAMPLE History information is presented in a table.
  • Ongoing Assessment information is presented in a table.
  • The Case Study Answers and Summary section explains the answers to each question presented in the case study, and the rationale behind management and treatment.
  • Illustrations demonstrate key points.
Table of Contents

Case Study 1: 49 year-old Male with Chest Pressure
Case Study 2: 68 year-old Male with Difficulty Breathing
Case Study 3: 45 year-old Female with a Severe Headache
Case Study 4: 20 year-old Unconscious Female
Case Study 5: 49 year-old Semiconscious Male
Case Study 6: 66 year-old Female who is Confused
Case Study 7: 41 year-old Female with Nausea and a Headache 
Case Study 8: 20 year-old Male who is Semiconscious 
Case Study 9: 60 year-old Male with Confusion and Dehydration
Case Study 10: 36 year-old Male who had a Seizure
Case Study 11: 32 year-old Female with an Allergic Reaction
Case Study 12: 68 year-old Female with Palpitations and Dyspnea  
Case Study 13: 57 year-old Male with Weakness and Dyspnea  
Case Study 14: 45 year-old Female with Abdominal Pain   
Case Study 15: 62 year-old Male in Respiratory Distress  
Case Study 16: 29 year-old Female with Anxiety and Palpitations 
Case Study 17: 23 year-old Male with Confusion and Slurred Speech
Case Study 18: 31 year-old Male with Bizarre Behavior  
Case Study 19: 65 year-old Male with Chest Pain and Dyspnea
Case Study 20: 72 year-old Male with Mental Status Changes

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