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The Foundations of Emergency Care By Cliff Evans

The Foundations of Emergency Care
by Cliff Evans

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The Foundations of Emergency Care is an accessible text that brings together both academic and clinical experts to combine coverage of the clinical skills and underpinning theoretical knowledge essential to practice within the modern emergency setting.
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The Foundations of Emergency Care by Cliff Evans

" is refreshing to review a book that doesn't claim to include everything but literally provides a foundation by focusing upon key areas within Emergency Care - to borrow that hackneyed phrase - "it does what it says on the tin"!"
Tim Barr, Cardiff University, UK

The Foundations of Emergency Care is an accessible text that brings together both academic and clinical experts to combine coverage of the clinical skills and underpinning theoretical knowledge essential to practice within the modern emergency setting.

Using an evidenced-based and protocol driven approach, this clinical companion guides readers through a multitude of common patient scenarios, to help them acquire essential skills in assessment and priority assignment in an emergency care setting.

Each chapter includes scenarios that utilise common emergency care presentations to clearly demonstrate how practitioners can identify critical illness at an early stage through understanding how disease and illness affect normal physiology and how this relates to the patient's clinical presentation. This ability to critically analyse physical findings assists the practitioner in becoming a specialist and directly saves lives.

Key areas covered include:

  • Cardiac Emergencies: including the new 2006 ALS guidelines
  • Head Injuries
  • Acute Surgical Emergencies
  • Gynaecologic and Obstetric Emergencies
  • Respiratory Distress
  • Paediatric Emergencies
  • Minor Trauma and Illness
  • Major Trauma
  • Acute Medical Emergencies
The book also includes scenarios that cover the treatment of the elderly and those presenting with mental health emergencies.

This important new book encourages readers to reflect on their clinical encounters to gain further insight into relevant treatment options and illustrates how critical thinking can be applied in emergency care.

Essential reading for healthcare professionals working within emergency care and students requiring the fundamental skills necessary to competently undertake patient assessment and correctly prioritise patient care.

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About Cliff Evans

Cliff Evans has been the Emergency Department Lecturer for TVU and NW London for 3 years, teaching the Emergency BSc to all local Emergency Departments. Emma Tippins is Senior Sister for Practice Development at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Contributors: Michelle Stanton, Senior Lecturer at TVU Paul Newcombe, Senior Lecturer, St Georges University of London Claire Washbourne, ED Consultant Nurse (Minor injury), C&W Andrew Fraser, Emergency Consultant, Newham Hospital

Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgements
List of Scenarios
List of Tables
List of Figures

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Emergency Care - Emma Tippins & Cliff Evans
Emergency Care
Applying Theory to Practice

Chapter 2 - Initial Assessment Prioritising Care Delivery - Cliff Evans
Normal Perfusion
Defining Shock
Types of Shock
Hypovolaemic Shock
Septic Shock
Anaphylactic Shock
Cardiogenic Shock
Neurogenic Shock
Initial Assessment

Chapter 3 - Acute Cardiac Emergencies - Cliff Evans
Acute Coronary Syndromes
Unstable Angina
Non ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction
ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction
Initial Assessment
Assessing the ECG
ECG Recognition - The Basics
Treatment Regimens for ACS
Atrial Fibrillation
Heart Blocks Pathophysiology
Degrees of Heart Block
Cardiac Arrest Synopsis
Advanced Life Support

Chapter 4 - Minor Injuries - Claire Washbourne

Chapter 5 - Major Trauma - Assessment Prioritisation and Initial Treatment - Andrew Frazer
Organisation of Trauma Care
The ABCDE Approach to Initial Assessment
Airway (with cervical spine control)
Advanced Airway Techniques
Alternative Airway Management Techniques
Breathing (with ventilation)
Airway Obstruction
Tension Pneumothorax
Open Pneumothorax
Massive Haemothorax
Flail Chest
Cardiac Tamponade
Circulation (with haemorrhage control)
Fluid Resuscitation
The Chest
The Abdomen
Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage
Focused Abdominal Sonography for Trauma
Computed Tomography
The Pelvis and Long BonesvBurns
Exposure/Environmental Control

Chapter 6 - Gynaecological and Obstetric Emergencies - Michelle Stanton
Bleeding in Early and Late Pregnancy
Ectopic Pregnancy
Obstetric Haemorrhage
Non-pregnant Causes of Vaginal Bleeding
Ovarian Cysts
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Emergency Delivery

Chapter 7 - Acute Surgical Emergencies - Paul Newcombe
Patient Assessment
Bowel Obstruction
Renal Colic
Abdominal Aortic Aneurism

Chapter 8 - Head Injuries - Cliff Evans
The Brain
Definition and Prevalence
Anatomy and Physiology
Primary Damage and Directional Forces
Secondary Damage
Types of Head Injury
The Assessment
Head Injury and Pupillary Changes
Continuing Assessment

Chapter 9 - Respiratory Emergencies - Cliff Evans & Emma Tippins
Anatomy and Physiology
Airway Assessment and Management
Basic Airway Adjuncts
Oxygen Delivery Devices
Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease
Applying Theory to Practice

Chapter 10 - Medical emergencies - Cliff Evans
Cerebral Vascular Accident
Sickle Cell Disease
Pulmonary Embolism
Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage
Acute Confusional State
The National Service Framework for Diabetes
Acute Diabetic Emergencies - Hyperglycaemia

Chapter 11 - Paediatric Emergencies - Jayne Gwyther
Anatomical and Physiological Differences
Recognition of the Unwell Child Using a Rapid Assessment Process
Childhood Asthma
Meningococcal Disease
The Fitting Child
Consent and Treatment
Safeguarding Children in the ED

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The Foundations of Emergency Care by Cliff Evans
Cliff Evans
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