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Sanders’ Paramedic Textbook, Fifth Edition, integrates authoritative content that elicits higher-order thinking, preparing students to thrive as members of a sophisticated healthcare 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.

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

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 healthcare 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 Director for the National Association of EMS Educators.

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Weight9.06 lbs
Dimensions8.7 × 3 × 10.9 in
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