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Pharmacology for the Prehospital Professional, Second Edition



Fully revised to meet current guidelines, Pharmacology for the Prehospital Professional, Second Edition offers a complete and practical understanding of pharmacology in the prehospital setting. Pharmacology for the Prehospital Professional, Second Edition provides a unique problem-based approach to ensure that you, as a prehospital provider, are prepared to effectively administer the drugs your patients need. Clinical scenarios present case information just as you will learn it in the classroom and encounter it in the field. By placing each drug in its relevant context, this text teaches you to identify the proper drug for a specific patient in a specific situation.


This Second Edition includes:

  • Contextualized profiles of over 90 drugs used in prehospital care for quick identification at critical moments.
  • Problem-oriented approaches to real scenarios encountered in the field.
  • Step-by-step procedural descriptions of pharmacologic processes commonly performed in the prehospital setting.
  • Medication Math chapter that strengthens your dosage-calculation skills.
  • Legal Aspects and Risk Management coverage to help you avoid common mistakes made in prehospital care.
  • Review questions that reinforce important chapter concepts and test your understanding.


  • Part  1  Foundations
  •   Chapter_1  Principles of Pharmacology
  •   Chapter_2  Legal Aspects and Risk Management
  •   Chapter_3  Drug Administration: Safety and Procedures
  •   Chapter_4  Medication Math
  •   Chapter_5  Intravenous Fluids and Administration
  • Part  2  Problem-Oriented Pharmacology
  •   Chapter_6  Acute Coronary Syndromes
  •   Chapter_7  Analgesia and Sedation
  •   Chapter_8  Anaphylaxis
  •   Chapter_9  Cardiac Arrhythmias
  •   Chapter_10  Congestive Heart Failure
  •   Chapter_11  Endocrine Emergencies
  •   Chapter_12  Hypertensive Emergencies
  •   Chapter_13  Poisonings, Overdoses, and Intoxications
  •   Chapter_14  Respiratory Emergencies
  •   Chapter_15  Seizures
  •   Chapter_16  Shock
  •   Chapter_17  Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury
  • Part  3  Special Considerations and Procedures
  •   Chapter_18  Critical Care Transport
  •   Chapter_19  Special Considerations: Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, and Renal Failure
  •   Chapter_20  Pharmacology-Assisted Intubation
  •   Appendix_A  Medications, Classifications, and Body Systems Affected
  •   Appendix_B  Compilation of Drug Profiles
  •   Appendix_C  Commonly Prescribed and Over-the-Counter Medications
  •   Appendix_D  Common Herbal Supplements
  •   Appendix_E  Answers to Chapter Review Questions
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