Each new print copy of PHTLS: Prehospital Trauma Life Support, Eighth Edition also includes an access code that unlocks a complete eBook and skills videos.
PHTLS: Prehospital Trauma Life Support, Eighth Edition is the next step in the evolution of the premier global prehospital trauma education program. For three decades, PHTLS has improved the quality of trauma patient care and has saved lives. The Eighth Edition of PHTLS continues the PHTLS mission to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care through global education.
This legendary program was first developed by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) in the early 1980s in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT). Its medical content is continuously revised and updated to reflect current, state-of-the-art knowledge and practice. PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the belief that EMS practitioners make the best decisions on behalf of their patients when given a good foundation of knowledge and key principles. The Eighth Edition of PHTLS features a new chapter, Physiology of Life and Death. This chapter creates a solid understanding of the physiology of life and pathophysiology that can lead to death. This understanding is essential for the prehospital care provider if abnormalities are to be found and addressed quickly in the trauma patient.
Clear Approach to Assessing a Trauma Patient In the field, seconds count. PHTLS teaches and reinforces the principles of rapidly assessing a trauma patient using an orderly approach, immediately treating life-threatening problems as they are identified, and minimizing any delays in initiating transport to an appropriate destination.
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Division 1 Introduction Chapter 1 PHTLS: Past, Present, and Future Chapter 2 Injury Prevention Division 2 Assessment and Management Chapter 3 The Science, Art, and Ethics of Prehospital Care: Principles, Preferences, and Critical Thinking Chapter 4 Physiology of Life and Death Chapter 5 Kinematics of Trauma Chapter 6 Scene Assessment Chapter 7 Patient Assessment and Management Chapter 8 Airway and Ventilation Chapter 9 Shock Division 3 Specific Injuries Chapter 10 Head Trauma Chapter 11 Spinal Trauma Chapter 12 Thoracic Trauma Chapter 13 Abdominal Trauma Chapter 14 Musculoskeletal Trauma Chapter 15 Burn Injuries Chapter 16 Pediatric Trauma Chapter 17 Geriatric Trauma Division 4 Summary Chapter 18 Golden Principles of Prehospital Trauma Care Division 5 Mass Causalities and Terrorism Chapter 19 Disaster Management Chapter 20 Explosions and Weapons of Mass Destruction Division 6 Special Considerations Chapter 21 Environmental Trauma I: Heat and Cold Chapter 22 Environmental Trauma II: Lightning, Drowning, Diving, and Altitude Chapter 23 Wilderness Trauma Care Chapter 24 Civilian Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS)
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)
Formed in 1975 and more than 32,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the nation’s only organization solely dedicated to representing the professional interests of all EMS practitioners, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders and other professionals working in prehospital emergency medicine. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government service agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military. NAEMT represents all EMS practitioners in promoting: • Greater understanding and appreciation by government agencies at the local, state and national levels of the role that EMS plays in our nation's health care, public safety, and disaster response systems. • Pay and benefits that reflects their professional training, responsibilities and dedication. • Leadership at the federal level that fosters and supports the delivery of quality EMS nationwide. • Adequate and sustainable funding for EMS in all locations. • Public policy that supports EMS practitioners and the patients they serve.