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Sanders’ Paramedic Textbook, Fifth Edition



Sanders’ Paramedic Textbook, Fifth Edition integrates authoritative content that elicits higher-order thinking, preparing students to thrive as members of a sophisticated health care team. Published in conjunction with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), this edition offers material that aligns with the most current guidelines, standards, and medical research in the field of EMS.

Sanders’ Paramedic Textbook, Fifth Edition, based on the National EMS Education Standards, the 2015 CPR/ECC Guidelines, and the 2017 Neonatal Resuscitation Program, presents evidence-based medical concepts in a clear and comprehensive format. Detailed coverage of essential skills enables students to meet and exceed the National Registry Paramedic Psychomotor Competency Portfolio.

Sander’s Paramedic Textbook, Fifth Edition, provides robust resources for educators and students deliver teaching and learning solutions that create a premier learning experience—engaged, meaningful learning that applies to the real world of EMS.

Key Features and Content Updates:

  • Over 1,000 new photos and illustrations
  • Current information on spinal immobilization from evidence-based research and national physician organizations
  • Expanded content coverage for all patient groups, including pediatric and geriatric patients and special populations
  • Increased coverage of pathophysiology, 12-lead ECG interpretation, mechanical ventilation, ultrasonography, and many other critical topics
  • New Show Me the Evidence and Critical Thinking features that challenge students and highlight notable, current content
  • Updated Did You Know? material that extends learning beyond the basics
  • Emphasis on research and the paramedic’s role in injury prevention
  • Updated Emergency Drug Index and Advanced Practice Procedures for Critical Care Paramedics

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Sanders’ Paramedic Textbook, Fifth Edition


Section 1 Preparatory
Chapter_1 EMS Systems: Roles, Responsibilities, and Professionalism
Chapter_2 Well-Being of the Paramedic
Chapter_3 Injury Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health
Chapter_4 Documentation
Chapter_5 EMS Communications
Chapter_6 Medical and Legal Issue s
Chapter_7 Ethics
Chapter_8 Research Principles and Evidence-Based Practice

Section 2 Anatomy and Physiology
Chapter_9 Medical Terminology
Chapter_10 Review of Human Systems
Chapter_11 General Principles of Pathophysiology
Chapter_12 Life Span Development

Section 3 Pharmacology
Chapter_13 Principles of Pharmacology and Emergency Medications
Chapter_14 Medication Administration

Section 4 Airway
Chapter_15 Airway Management, Respiration, and Artificial Ventilation

Section 5 Patient Assessment
Chapter_16 Therapeutic Communications
Chapter_17 History Taking
Chapter_18 Scene Size-up and Primary Assessment
Chapter_19 Secondary Assessment and Reassessment
Chapter_20 Assessment-Based Management and Clinical Decision Making

Section 6 Cardiovascular
Chapter_21 Cardiology

Section 7 Medical
Chapter_22 Diseases of the Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat
Chapter_23 Respiratory
Chapter_24 Neurology
Chapter_25 Endocrinology
Chapter_26 Immune System Disorders
Chapter_27 Infectious and Communicable Diseases
Chapter_28 Abdominal and Gastrointestinal Disorders
Chapter_29 Genitourinary and Renal Disorders
Chapter_30 Gynecology
Chapter_31 Hematology
Chapter_32 Nontraumatic Musculoskeletal Disorders
Chapter_33 Toxicology
Chapter_34 Behavioral and Psychiatric Disorders

Section 8 Shock and Resuscitation
Chapter_35 Shock

Section 9 Trauma
Chapter_36 Trauma Overview and Mechanism of Injury
Chapter_37 Bleeding and Soft-Tissue Trauma
Chapter_38 Burns
Chapter_39 Head, Face, and Neck Trauma
Chapter_40 Spine and Nervous System Trauma
Chapter_41 Chest Trauma
Chapter_42 Abdominal Trauma
Chapter_43 Orthopaedic Trauma
Chapter_44 Environmental Conditions

Section 10 Special Patient Populations
Chapter_45 Obstetrics
Chapter_46 Neonatal Care
Chapter_47 Pediatrics
Chapter_48 Geriatrics
Chapter_49 Abuse and Neglect
Chapter_50 Patients With Special Challenges
Chapter_51 Acute Interventions for Home Care

Section 11 EMS Operations
Chapter_52 Ground and Air Ambulance Operations
Chapter_53 Medical Incident Command
Chapter_54 Rescue Awareness and Operations
Chapter_55 Crime Scene Awareness
Chapter_56 Hazardous Materials Awareness
Chapter_57 Bioterrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Appendix_Emergency Drug Index
Appendix_Advanced Practice Procedures for Critical Care Paramedics

About the Author

Mick J. Sanders, EMT-P, MSA, received his paramedic training in 1978 from St. Louis University Hospitals. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He has worked in various health care systems as a field paramedic, emergency department paramedic, and EMS instructor. For 12 years, Mr. Sanders served as a Training Specialist with the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Missouri Department of Health, where he oversaw EMT and paramedic training and licensure in St. Louis city and the surrounding metropolitan areas.

Kim D. McKenna, MEd, RN, CEN, EMT-P, is the Director of Education for the St. Charles County Ambulance District and Adjunct Professor at Lindenwood University, located in the metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri area. There she is the primary instructor for the paramedic program, program director for the district’s emergency medical technician programs, and leads a training staff that provides education for district paramedics and for firefighters and emergency personnel within St. Charles County. Kim has been teaching in EMS for more than 25 years. She formerly worked as an emergency and intensive care nurse and served as Chief Medical Officer for the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District for 6 years. Kim was the EMR Project Level Leader for the National EMS Education Standards project and is currently a Board of Directors for the National Association of EMS Educators.

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Weight9.06 lbs
Dimensions8.8 × 2.9 × 10.9 in
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