Pearson Partners with San Francisco Paramedic Association for On-Scene and On-Line Training Program

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Emergency Medical Patient Assessment, Care & Transport Offers Practical Approach to Medical Emergencies

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Understanding how the body works during a medical emergency, and performing a concise yet complete diagnostic assessment, depends on the ability to ask the right questions, and perform the right procedures, at the right time. Emergency Medical Patient Assessment, Care & Transport (EMPACT), offers a practical, integrated approach to the full range of adult medical emergencies.

Published in earlier editions as Advanced Medical Life Support, EMPACT's authors Alice L. Dalton, RN, MS, NREMT-P; Daniel Limmer, AS, EMT-P; Joseph J. Mistovich, MEd, NREMT-P; and Howard A. Werman, MD, FACEP, have newly revised and updated the program to conform to current practice and the 2010 American Heart Association guidelines.

Designed for students who are currently taking or who have completed paramedic or other advanced-level training, EMPACT focuses on pragmatic methods for applying knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology to medical emergencies. Each chapter moves from assessment to field diagnosis and management of immediately treatable underlying diseases.

Two new introductory chapters highlight the program's practical approach: The Difficult Airway focuses on how airways in the medical patient with an altered mental status can be a challenge. Critical Thinking and Decision Making helps lay a foundation for the remainder of the program by exploring the patterns and processes of thinking and problem solving.

"It's been more than 15 years since we began work on our first book on medical emergencies, and in that time medicine has certainly changed," said the EMPACT authors. "EMPACT is the next generation of the medical emergency text that new and experienced providers have come to trust to better understand, assess, and care for their patients."

To complement the book, a new, student-centered education program has been created with the EMS educator in mind. The new EMPACT course, developed by the San Francisco Paramedic Association, is designed to be a highly interactive training program to promote clinical critical thinking and differential diagnosis. CECBEMS-accredited, the course features realistic imagery and case studies to draw students into meaningful discussion and debate. Sophisticated instructor material prepares the educator to teach well, in a variety of ways and schedules. An easy-to-use, online registration system will enable training organizations to register courses and record student progress. Quality-improvement processes will help keep the program relevant and fresh. All course-related information will be available at after April 1, 2011.

About The Authors
Alice Dalton has been in the emergency care field since 1974, when she started as an emergency department nurse, and is currently the director of the EMS Division of the Mountain View Fire Protection District in Longmont, CO.

Daniel Limmer has been involved in EMS for 32 years, is a paramedic with Kennebunk Fire Rescue in Kennebunk, Maine, and instructs at Eastern Maine Community College.

Joseph J. Mistovich is the Chairperson of the Department of Health Professions and a professor at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. He has more than 25 years of experience as an educator in emergency medical services.

Howard A. Werman is Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University. He is an active teacher of medical students in the College of Medicine and in the residency training program in Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center, and he is past Chairman of the Board of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

About Pearson
Pearson has global-reach and market leading businesses in education, business and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO).

About the San Francisco Paramedic Association
Established in 1986, the San Francisco Paramedic Association's mission is to improve the delivery of emergency medical services through professional and public education. The SFPA and its staff are committed to providing a fun and enjoyable environment to work and learn for all; consistently providing high-quality education; adhering to the highest ethical standards, treating people with dignity and respect, and placing a premium on the needs of our clients and members.

Rod Granger, Pearson, rod(dot)granger(at)pearson(dot)com

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