Emergency Medical Responder: A Skills Approach, Canadian 4th Edition


Emergency Medical Responder: A Skills Approach is the essential guide for students preparing to enter the paramedic profession. Thoroughly Canadian, it incorporates case studies drawn from the authors’ experience, as well as perspectives, legislation, and procedures that are particular to Canada. A variety of enrichment materials are included throughout the book, as is coverage on working with other members of the health care team and the importance of written reports and accurate documentation.

The fourth Canadian edition features updated CPR standards reflecting the fundamental shift from ‘A-B-C’ to ‘C’-A-B’, review questions, and many new visuals. As well, the authors have worked significantly on expanding the discussions in relevant chapters concerning EMR and bariatric patients, lifting and positioning techniques including the HAINES position, and increased coverage of alternate methods of stabilizing an impaled object, as well as many other features.  Their dedication to creating a current and thorough textbook is clearly reflected in the fact that this text has been a student favourite for more than a decade..


  • A truly Canadian text that is comprised of Canadian standards, laws, and measurement systems. This text was designed to conform to the National Occupational Competency Profiles and Curriculum Blueprints of the Paramedic Association of Canada.
  • Learning Objectives — Each chapter begins with a list of specific competencies as they relate to each facet of the text.
  • Case Studies — Every chapter outlines a detailed scenario with descriptions of scene safety, patient assessment, and patient care. These case studies walk students through all the relevant steps of the patient assessment plan.
  • TIP Boxes — Highlighted flags appear throughout the text that cue readers to important considerations during assessment and treatment.
  • EMR Focus — This end-of-chapter feature boils down the presented material to the ideas and insight that will be most important in the field.
  • Review Questions — These study aids pertain directly to section content and help students remember and retain key points.
  • Supplements — For the student, there is a workbook that provides a chapter-by-chapter study guide, including summaries of key ideas and review. For the instructor, there is an Instructor’s Resource Manual, a testbank of over 700 questions, and ready-to-use PowerPoint slides.

New to this Edition:

  • 2011 updates to the Paramedic Association of Canada’s (PAC) National Occupational Competency Profiles (NOCPs)
  •  inclusion of a more comprehensive listing of these competencies in the Appendix, “EMR Competencies”
  • content revisions reflecting the fundamental shift in CPR standards from ‘A-B-C’ to ‘C-A-B’ in all chapters, but in particular in chapters 7, 8, and 9, featuring discussion of CPR; related changes have also been made to the “Chain of Survival” for aduilts and children
  • Chapter 2 – updated information on hand washing, transmittable diseases, cleaning equipment, personal protective equipment, and reporting exposures
  • Chapter 6 – expanded discussion of equipment for treating bariatric patients
  • Chapter 7 – expanded discussion of lifting and positioning techniques including the HAINES position
  • Chapter 15 – expanded discussion of treating older patients
  • Chapter 18 – expanded discussion of restraining patients including the use of Taser darts that may be utilized by police services
  • Chapter 19 – updated EMR approach to controlling bleeding since elevation has not been proven to be universally beneficial
  • Chapter 20 – increased coverage of alternate methods of stabilizing an impaled object
  • Chapter 34 – coverage of special rescue situations including elevator rescues


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