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Paramedic Pearls of Wisdom, Second Edition

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Guy Haskell, PhD, JD, NREMT-P

Paramedic Pearls of Wisdom is a collection of rapid-fire questions and answers to help students prepare for paramedic state and national certification and refresher exams. It consists of "pearls" -- succinct pieces of knowledge in a question and answer format. Designed to maximize test scores, Paramedic Pearls of Wisdom prunes complex concepts down to the simplest kernel.

Paramedic Pearls of Wisdom is written in direct correlation to the U.S. DOT 1998 EMT-Paramedic National Standard Curriculum. Objectives are covered in the order and manner in which they appear in the curriculum.

This is an excellent study guide for paramedic students going through initial or refresher paramedic training.

Chapter 11 Excerpt - Patient History (.pdf)

Chapter 15 Excerpt - Communications and Documentation (.pdf)

Unique Learning Format

This is an interactive text, set up in a format that encourages active learning. Unlike multiple-choice formats, this study aid requires the student to come up with the answer. Questions are followed by answers consisting of additional information to enhance learning. Emphasis has been placed on evoking both trivia and key facts that are easily overlooked, but which appear on certification exams.


Paramedic Pearls of Wisdom offers additional features that bring the beginner paramedic student to the next level:

  • Voices of Experience -- Each module opens with a vignette from a seasoned paramedic about lessons from the field.
  • Module Quizzes -- Each module concludes with a multiple-choice quiz similar to national certification exams, allowing students to test themselves in a standard testing format.
  • Mass Casualty and Weapons of Mass Destruction -- Exceeds the U.S. DOT 1998 EMT-Paramedic National Standard Curriculum with a chapter dedicated to mass-casualty incidents and weapons of mass destruction.
Section  1  Preparatory
  Chapter  1  Roles and Responsibilities
  Chapter  2  The Well-Being of the Paramedic
  Chapter  3  Illness and Injury Prevention
  Chapter  4  Medical and Legal Issues
  Chapter  5  Ethical Issues
  Chapter  6  Pathophysiology
  Chapter  7  Pharmacology
  Chapter  8  IV Therapy and Medication Administration
  Chapter  9  Patient Communication
    1  Section 1 Quiz
Section  2  Airway
  Chapter  10  Airway
    2  Section 2 Quiz
Section  3  Patient Assessment
  Chapter  11  Patient History
  Chapter  12  Physical Examination
  Chapter  13  Patient Assessment
  Chapter  14  Clinical Decisions
  Chapter  15  Communications and Documentation
    3  Section 3 Quiz
Section  4  Trauma
  Chapter  16  Kinematics of Trauma
  Chapter  17  Bleeding and Shock
  Chapter  18  Soft-Tissue Injury
  Chapter  19  Burns
  Chapter  20  Head and Face Injury
  Chapter  21  Spine Injuries
  Chapter  22  Thoracic Injuries
  Chapter  23  Abdominal Injuries
  Chapter  24  Musculoskeletal Injuries
    4  Section 4 Quiz
Section  5  Medical
  Chapter  25  Respiratory Emergencies
  Chapter  26  Cardiovascular Emergencies
  Chapter  27  Neurologic Emergencies
  Chapter  28  Endocrine Emergencies 
  Chapter  29  Allergic Reactions
  Chapter  30  Gastrointestinal Emergencies
  Chapter  31  Renal and Urologic Emergencies
  Chapter  32  Substance Abuse and Poisoning
  Chapter  33  Blood Emergencies
  Chapter  34  Environmental Emergencies
  Chapter  35  Infectious and Communicable Diseases
  Chapter  36  Behavioral Emergencies
  Chapter  37  Gynecologic Emergencies
  Chapter  38  Obstetric Emergencies
    5  Section 5 Quiz
Section  6  Special Considerations
  Chapter  39  Human Development
  Chapter  40  Neonatology
  Chapter  41  Pediatric Emergencies
  Chapter  42  Geriatrics
  Chapter  43  Abuse
  Chapter  44  Patients With Special Needs
  Chapter  45  Caring for the Chronic Care Patient
    6  Section 6 Quiz
Section  7  Operations
  Chapter  46  Ambulance Operations
  Chapter  47  Medical Incident Command
  Chapter  48  Responding to Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction
  Chapter  49  Rescue Awareness and Operations
  Chapter  50  Hazardous Materials Incidents
  Chapter  51  Crime Scene Awareness
    7  Section 7 Quiz

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