Emergency Medical Responder: A Skills Approach, Canadian 5th 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 fifth Canadian edition features updated CPR standards reflecting the fundamental shift from ‘A-B-C’ to ‘C’-B-A’, 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.

New to this 5th Edition:

  • Updates to the NOCPs competencies & CPR standards.
  • New or increased content on community paramedicine, terrorism response and strategies for treating multicultural clients.
  • New contributor Belinda Mitchell from St. Johns Ambulance brings her expertise to the new edition, specifically the training bodies’ perspective
  • Updated to reflect the fundamental shift in CPR standards from A-B-C to C-A-B, this edition reflects the fine-tuning of CPR standards set by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.  Pertinent changes were made to Chapters 7, 8, and 9, as well as to chapters including patient assessment and pediatrics.
  • Updates in Chapter 2 captures updated material regarding transmittable diseases that are of concern for EMRs, as well as enhanced recommendations for cleaning activities and dealing with exposure. PTSD is discussed as it has notably increased in incidence within EMS.
  • Chapter 6 offers updated information on lifting and positioning techniques, including the recovery position, as the HAINES position has fallen out of vogue due to a lack of published research to support it.
  • Chapter 8 has included the upper end limits to CPR compression depth and rates.
  • Chapter 19 updates the EMR approach to the control of bleeding.
  • Chapter 34 discusses special rescue situations, including elevator rescues, and covers procedures for handling bariatric patients.
  • All chapters and the Appendix capture current Paramedic Association of Canada National Occupational Competency Profiles.
  • New photos and figures reflect current standards and procedures.
  • Summary sheets in the workbook have been completely revamped and 7 new sheets have been added.


Item #: 0133946215

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