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Patient Transport: Principles and Practices, 5th Edition

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Whether you're caring for patients on the ground or in the air, Patient Transport: Principles & Practice, 5th Edition is an essential tool for your success in transport nursing. Developed by ASTNA, this trusted, one-of-a-kind resource has been extensively revised to keep you up-to-date with the latest technological advances, and help you meet the ever-changing needs of this critical nursing field. Comprehensive overviews familiarize you with the most common conditions and injuries encountered in practice, accompanied by important management considerations to help you ensure the most effective communication and the safest patient care in all transport settings. In addition, expanded content on bariatrics are featured throughout the book, along with 350 online questions and answers mapped to the BCEN/CFRN® exam.

New to this Edition
  • NEW! Extensive revisions throughout text includes detailed objectives for every chapter, expanded content on bariatrics, and updates to chapters including Scene Operations and Safety, Neurologic Trauma, Patient Safety, and Shock.
  • NEW! Real-life scenarios with updated technology demonstrate how to apply concepts to scenarios similar to those you'll encounter in practice.
  • NEW! Focus on interprofessional and collaborative nature of transport, emphasizes the importance of teamwork in ensuring successful patient outcomes.
  • NEW! Evolve site with 350 questions and answers mapped to the BCEN/CFRN® provide additional online preparation.

Key Features
  • Expanded coverage of injuries commonly encountered in flight and ground nursing includes pathophysiology, assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation discussions. 
  • Information based on the latest updates from the Federal Aviation Association and the National Transportation Safety Board alerts you to important safety regulations.
  • Meets the needs of all healthcare providers dedicated to expert care delivery in transport, including paramedics, physicians, respiratory therapists, pilots, mechanics and communication specialist.
  • Detailed coverage of management issues includes scene management, communication, safety, disaster management/triage, quality management, and marketing/public relations.

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Table of Contents


Section I. History and the Current Role of Air and Ground Transport Personnel
1. History of Patient Transport
2. Members of Transport Team
3. Preparation for Practice

Section II. General Principles of Practice
4. Transport Physiology
5. Scene Operations and Safety
6. Communications
7. Teamwork and Human Performance
8. Patient Safety
9. Operational Safety and Survival

Section III. Patient Care Principles
10.  Patient Assessment
11.  Airway Management
12. Mechanical Ventilation
13. Shock

Section IV. Trauma
14. General Principles of Trauma Management
15. Neurologic Trauma
16. Thoroabdominal Trauma
17. Musculoskeletal and Soft Tissue Trauma
18. Burn Trauma

Section V. Medical Problems and Environmental Emergencies
19. Neurologic Emergencies
20. Cardiovascular Emergencies
21. Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices in Transport
22. Pulmonary Emergencies
23. Abdominal Emergencies
24. Metabolic, Endrocrine, and Electrolyte Disturbances
25. Infectious and Communicable Diseases
26. Heat- and Cold-related Emergencies
27. Toxicologic Emergencies

Section VI. Selected Patient Populations
28. Gynecologic and Obstetric Emergencies
29. Care and Transport of the Newborn
30. The Pediatric Patient
31. Military Patient Transport

Section VII. Professional Issues
32. Professional Issues
33. Accreditation for Air and Ground Medical Transport
34. Wellness

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