Section I Preparing to be an EMT-B:
Introduction to Emergency Medical Care (Brady 6th Edition Chapter 1)
· This chapter begins by explaining the focus and scope of an EMT-B course and includes information on training and certification requirements. This valuable information is not found in other books and sets the tone for the training the students are entering. It reinforces the fact that no matter where the course is taught and what a program may offer, there are certain universal expectations of an EMT-B.
The Well-Being of the EMT-B (Brady 6th Edition Chapter 2)
· This chapter provides additional information addressing workplace issues such as cultural diversity, on-the-job stress, avoiding sexual harassment, and substance abuse. These topics are important issues in today's workplace and students need to be aware of them. This chapter contains the information on Communicable Diseases and immunizations not covered in other texts. Death of a child and a section on behavioral emergencies are also exclusive to AAOS. There are 46 pages as opposed to only 17 in the Brady text, which is basically an outline of the material in the AAOS text.
Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues (Brady 6th Edition Chapter 3)
· This chapter provides the information necessary to understand the ramifications of situations such as negligence, abandonment, assault and battery, and others dealing with medical, legal, and ethical issues. It explains the Standard of Care and goes in-depth in areas requiring special handling and special reporting requirements. These are very important areas for the EMT-B to understand in order to provide the best care for the patient in these exceptional situations.
The Human Body (Brady 6th Edition Chapter 4)
· This chapter provides a comprehensive review of anatomy and physiology and is one of the key strengths of the "Orange Book." In addition to discussing the major organ systems, there is also information on the digestive system, urinary system, genital system covered more in-depth than in comparable texts. An informative sidebar on breathing patterns on infants and children is also included. An Online Anatomy Review is available to help students review.
Baseline Vital Signs and SAMPLE History (Brady 6th Edition Chapter
· This chapter begins by stating the need to gather key patient information and establishing a chief complaint not addressed in the Brady text. These actions form the basis of any patient assessment. It also addresses obtaining a Glascow Coma Scale rating for the patient and briefly explores the concept of vital sign trending through continuous reassessment. Both areas are uncovered by Brady.
Lifting and Moving Patients (Brady 6th Edition Chapters 6, 39)
· This chapter starts with a review of anatomy not covered in Brady and provides more in-depth information on proper body mechanics, weight and distribution, and directions and commands. Having this knowledge available will help minimize the risk of injury to students when they lift and move patients.