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Paramedic: Pathophysiology



Part of the AAOS Paramedic Series, this title complements Paramedic: Anatomy and Physiology. Intended to be used primarily in pathophysiology courses that are designed to be a pre-or co-requisite for the US DOT EMT-Paramedic program, this book is also useful as an adjunct to recertification, either by continuing education or actual class time, of the thousands of paramedics who were previously trained under the 1985 or earlier paramedic curricula.

Paramedic: Pathophysiology covers the relevant issues of pathophysiology as they relate to the field practice of the paramedic. The specific objectives that are identified in the DOT curriculum are clearly listed at the beginning of every chapter, and additional non-curriculum objectives have been added where appropriate to allow comprehensive coverage of the material. The authors have endeavored to keep the text stimulating and informative without entering the realm of esoteric materials. Quality figures and tables enrich the text and help further the reader’s understanding.


Chapter_1:  Pathophysiology: What, Why, and How It Is Important to the Paramedic
Chapter_2:  Cells and Tissues
Chapter_3:  Cell and Tissue Injury
Chapter_4:  The Cellular Environment
Chapter_5:  Genetics and Familial Diseases
Chapter_6:  Hypoperfusion
Chapter_7:  Self-Defense Mechanisms
Chapter_8:  Inflammation
Chapter_9:  Variances in Immunity and Inflammation
Chapter_10:  Stress and Disease

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About the Author

Bob has been involved in EMS since 1975. He is a full-time clinical instructor for Albany Medical Center working in the Hudson Valley Community College Paramedic Program. He is also a paramedic with the Town of Colonie EMS Department, Times Union Center, and Whiteface Mountain Medical Services. Bob has served as National and Regional Faculty for the AHA, and Regional Faculty for the NYS Bureau of EMS. he also has served as a paramedic and lieutenant for NYC EMS, a Paramedic Program Director, Associate Director of the NYS EMS Bureau, and the Education Coordinator for PULSE: Emergency Medical Update.

He is an author/coauthor of these Jones and Bartlett/AAOS books: Paramedic: Anatomy and Physiology, Paramedic: Pathophysiology, Paramedic: Pharmacology, Paramedic Field Guide, Student Workbook for Emergency Care in the Streets, and also Editor of Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Streets. Bob was also a co-author of the National First Responder, Paramedic and EMT-Intermediate curricula, the 2007 Paramedic Practice Guidelines, as well as a co-author of the AHA Guidelines 2005 which have paved the way to improving successful resuscitation of cardiac arrest. He is an AHA Board member and a passionate advocate for strengthening the links in the chain of survival.


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Weight0.9375 lbs
Dimensions8.45 × 0.31 × 10.84 in
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