Clinical Skills for Paramedic Practice ANZ 1e - E-Book

Edited by Dianne Inglis, BN, AdvDip MICA, AssDip HlthSci (Paramedic), CertIV TAE and Jeff Kenneally, ASM, BBus, GradCert MICA, AssDip HlthSci (Paramedic), CertIV TAE
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Written by Dianne Inglis and Jeffrey Kenneally, the workbook includes more than 70 paramedic-focused clinical skills that link underpinning theory and knowledge with expectations for contemporary clinical practice. To ensure the skills are performed correctly and to standard, the resource is further strengthened with a ready-made assessment tool, ideal for both self-directed learning and instructor use. The text is designed for practising skill development, and preparation for assessment and clinical placement.

Clinical Skills for Paramedic Practice 1e includes two key components: practical skill instruction and the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) assessment checklist. The skills sections contain clear step-by-step written and photographic instruction in basic to advanced clinical skills, with rationales provided to enhance knowledge acquisition and clinical decision-making. The OSCE checklists allow students and instructors to easily track and assess progress in skill development.

Key Features
  • Step-by-step skill instruction combined with an OSCE assessment checklist
  • Structured reflection and end-of-chapter questions to assist with deeper understanding of key concepts and application to practice
  • Designed specifically for use by Australian and New Zealand paramedics
ISBN 9780729586320
Table of Content

CHAPTER 1: The paramedic environment

1.1 Clinical skills assessment for paramedics
1.2 The paramedic patient
1.3 Infection control
1.4 Situational awareness
1.5 Communication
1.6 Consent

CHAPTER 2: Patient assessment

2.1 Assessing the modified Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)
2.2 Assessing the Alert, Voice, Pain, Unresponsiveness (AVPU) score
2.3 Assessing the radial and brachial pulse
2.4 Assessing manual blood pressure
2.5 Recording the 12-lead electrocardiograph (ECG)
2.6 Assessment of respiratory rate and rhythm
2.7 Assessment of work of breathing
2.8 Chest auscultation
2.9 Assessment of speech
2.10 Pulse oximetry
2.11 Spirometry
2.12 Assessment of cranial nerve function
2.13 Assessment of motor and sensory nerve function
2.14 Mental status assessment
2.15 Functional capacity assessment (FCA)
2.16 Pain assessment
2.17 Abdominal assessment
2.18 Tympanic temperature recording
2.19 Blood glucose recording
2.20 Aseptic Non-Touch Technique (ANTT®)

CHAPTER 3: Airway and ventilation

3.1 Choking
3.2 Head positioning
3.3 Jaw thrust
3.4 Oropharyngeal airway
3.5 Nasopharyngeal airway
3.6 Laryngoscopy
3.7 Foreign body removal/suctioning
3.8 Laryngeal mask airway
3.9 Endotracheal intubation
3.10 Surgical airway
3.11 Intermittent positive pressure ventilation (IPPV)

CHAPTER 4: Medication administration

4.1 Administering oral medications
4.2 Administering intranasal (IN) medications
4.3 Using metered dose inhalers
4.4 Preparing injections
4.5 Subcutaneous injection
4.6 Intramuscular injection
4.7 Intravenous access
4.8 Intraosseous access
4.9 Oxygen therapy (mask and nasal cannula)
4.10 Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)

CHAPTER 5: Trauma

5.1 Trauma assessment
5.2 Control of severe haemorrhage
5.3 Chest decompression
5.4 Management of impaled objects
5.5 Crash helmet removal
5.6 Cervical collar application
5.7 Pelvic splint application
5.8 Anterior shoulder dislocation reduction
5.9 Dislocated patella relocation

CHAPTER 6: Cardiac arrest

6.1 Chest compressions
6.2 Safe defibrillation

CHAPTER 7: Manual handling

7.1 Log roll
7.2 Transfer: supine to sitting position
7.3 Transfer: sitting to standing position
7.4 Transfer: supine bed to bed

CHAPTER 8: Childbirth

8.1 Normal birth
8.2 Managing third stage
8.3 Premature birth
8.4 Vaginal breech birth
8.5 Shoulder dystocia

CHAPTER 9: Other skills

9.1 Urinary catheter management
9.2 Pressure bandaging and immobilisation

Author Information Edited by Dianne Inglis, BN, AdvDip MICA, AssDip HlthSci (Paramedic), CertIV TAE, Intensive Care Paramedic, Clinical Education Manager (ret.), Victoria and Jeff Kenneally, ASM, BBus, GradCert MICA, AssDip HlthSci (Paramedic), CertIV TAE, Intensive Care Paramedic, MICA team manager (ret.), Lecturer, College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University, Victoria
Trim 297h x 210w mm
Pages 772
Publication Date 30-10-2020
Stock Status Please allow 3 - 4 weeks for delivery.
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