Oxford Handbook of Pre-hospital Care (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198734949

Ian Greaves; Keith Porter
752 Pages
100 x 180 mm
Pub date
Jan 2021
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Fully updated for a second edition, the Oxford Handbook of Pre-hospital Care is the invaluable guide to providing high-quality care in a pre-hospital environment. Evidence-based and reflecting new developments in regulation and practice, this second edition is designed to provide key information for all immediate care practitioners, including doctors, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and community responders. The text has been cross-referenced with the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC) handbook to ensure full clinical relevance. Reflecting the major advances in delivery of pre-hospital care, including the greater survival benefits for heart attacks and major trauma when delivering patients directly to higher levels of care, the evolution of the paramedic role into critical care paramedics, roadside rapid sequence induction of anaesthesia, and the introduction of mechanical chest compression devices, this new edition is the ideal companion for those involved in delivering pre-hospital care. It also links to relevant online databases and mobile apps that can assist with calculations, and contains key algorithms and formulae to ensure good care. The Oxford Handbook of Pre-hospital Care is the comprehensive quick-reference guide to all medical and trauma conditions regularly encountered in the immediate care setting.


1 An approach to pre-hospital care
2 Acute medical and surgical problems
3 Trauma
4 Formulary
5 Management of the air-way, analgesia, and anaesthesia
6 Poisoning and substance abuse
7 Acute psychiatric emergencies
8 Child health
9 The hostile environment
10 Major incident management and triage
11 Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents
12 Emergency in obstetrics and gynaecology
13 Patient rescue and transportation

About the author: 

Ian Greaves qualified at the University of Birmingham Medical School in 1986. He trained in General Medicine and Emergency Medicine, joined the British Army and was appointed Consultant in 1997. He was appointed to Visiting Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Teesside in 2002. He is author or editor of several books and numerous chapters and papers on Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Pre-hospital Care. He is Chairman of the Research Committee, Member of the Speciality Advisory Board and Member of the Management Board of the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care.; Professor Sir Keith Porter is a Consultant Trauma Surgeon and the Clinical Director for Trauma at University Hospital Birmingham. He is Professor of Clinical Traumatology at the University of Birmingham. Since 2000 he has been the civilian clinical lead for the care of injured soldiers returning to the UK from both Iraq and Afghanistan and has been a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Committee and the Surgeon General Research Strategy Group. Keith has played an integral part of the development of Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine in the UK in his roles as the past Chairman of Faculty of Pre-hospital Care; past Chairman of the Intercollegiate Board for training in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine; past President of BASICS and the founder of the West Midlands CARE team.

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