Completely updated with new case studies throughout, Sick/Not Sick, Second Edition is designed to help EMS personnel develop rapid patient assessment skills. This resources distills years of field experience into a workable formula that both inexperienced and experienced providers can use. Sick/Not Sick teaches EMS personnel how to quickly collect information and discern what details are important in order to provide immediate initial care. After all, in EMS it comes down to whether the patient is SICK or NOT SICK.
The Second Edition includes:
Over 30 new adult and pediatric medical and trauma case studies.
Updated content, incorporating information from the National EMS Education Standards.
- Scenarios and Case Studies: Allow you to see how the SICK/NOT SICK approach to patient assessment enables rapid decision making and action on scene, for both adult and pediatric patients.
- SICK/NOT SICK Principles: Tip boxes highlight and elaborate on SICK/NOT SICK topics presented in the text.
- SICK/NOT SICK Flowchart: Organizes observations made during a call, so that you can quickly make decisions about treatment and transport.
- Prep Kit: Reviews what you have learned in each chapter, using—
- Summary: A quick review of the main topics covered in each chapter, in bulleted format.
- Vital Vocabulary: Key terms highlighted throughout the text and listed with definitions at the end of each chapter.
- Section Review: End-of-section review questions test your SICK/NOT SICK knowledge.
- Pretest, Quizzes, and Skills Checklists: Test your ability to make rapid patient assessments.
Table of Contents
Section 1 Adult SICK/NOT SICK
Chapter 1 Why SICK/NOT SICK?
Chapter 2 SICK/NOT SICK in a Nutshell
Chapter 3 SICK/NOT SICK Starts While You Are En Route
Chapter 4 The Clinical Picture of a Medical Patient
Chapter 5 The Clinical Picture of a Trauma Patient
Chapter 6 Make a Decision
Chapter 7 What If I Make the Wrong Decision?
Chapter 8 Common Mistakes
Section 2 Pediatric SICK/NOT SICK
Chapter 9 Pediatric SICK/NOT SICK in a Nutshell
Chapter 10 The Pediatric Triangle
Chapter 11 Pediatrics: Make a Decision
Section 3 Case Studies
Chapter 12 Medical Case Studies
Chapter 13 Trauma Case Studies
Chapter 14 Pediatric Case Studies
Appendix A Quizzes
Appendix B Skills Checklists
About the Author(s)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) provides education and practice management services for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals. The Academy also serves as an advocate for improved patient care and informs the public about the science of orthopaedics. Founded at Northwestern University as a not-for-profit organization in 1933, the Academy has grown from a small organization serving less than 500 members to the world's largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The Academy now serves about 24,000 members internationally.
Mike Helbock, MICP, NREMT-P
Mike Helbock is an EMS educator, author, and Senior Paramedic. He is the Director of EMS Training and Education for EMS Associates. He is a Washington State and nationally certified Senior Paramedic and EMS instructor, and for the past 27 years has served in Seattle/King County as a paramedic, senior instructor and class coordinator of emergency medical training courses. He is a nationally/internationally recognized lecturer on prehospital medicine, and throughout this book he draws on his more than 30 years of field experience as a Senior Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Bellevue Fire Department in Washington State. Additionally, Mike has spent the past 7 years as the EMS Training and Education Manager for Seattle/King County EMS, Division of Emergency Medicine.
John M. Jerin
John M. Jerin has over 20 years of experience as a writer and instructional designer, and has developed dozens of courses on EMS and fire service topics. He serves as an advisor to organizations worldwide in the application of technology to training and instruction. John is the author of EMS training software programs and web sites. He holds a Master's degree in Instruction Systems Technology from Indiana University.