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Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Skills for Nurses, Paramedics and ECPs

By Chris Breen & Dr Craig Ellis

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This second edition has been improved and expanded based on readers feedback. Chris Breen is a Registered Nurse who served with the RAMC, a Paramedic and Clinical Tutor with additional qualifications in Trauma and Remote Medicine. He has had a long term interest in emergency medicine and is the Medical Advisor for a Preparedness group and runs courses in Survival Medicine. Craig Ellis is a Medical doctor who trained as a Specialist Emergency Physician. He has a special interest in austere medicine and medical practice during prolonged disasters. He has both worked and taught austere medical practice. The contents of this book are derived from a number of articles which have been published online and the syllabus of Course they run. Its aim is to provide key information on Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis in an understandable way, suitable for both beginners and Experienced practitioners. In addition to detailed medical and trauma assessments, explanations of common diseases and conditions at provided with signs and symptoms. Red flag indicators for each body system and individual conditions are also detailed.
 
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1 EXAMINATION OF PATIENTS
CHAPTER 2 FRACTURES
CHAPTER 3 SPINAL TRAUMA
CHAPTER 4 DISLOCATIONS
CHAPTER 5 WOUNDS AND BURNS
CHAPTER 6 HEAD, CHEST AND ABDOMINAL TRAUMA
CHAPTER 7 ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISIONS (RTCS)
CHAPTER 8 JOINTS, MUSCLES, TENDONS AND LIGAMENTS
CHAPTER 9 ALLERGIC REACTION
CHAPTER 10 RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES
CHAPTER 11 ABDOMINAL ILLNESSES
CHAPTER 12 NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEMS
CHAPTER 13 CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS
CHAPTER 14 DIABETES
CHAPTER 15 POISONING
CHAPTER 16 SHOCK
CHAPTER 17 EAR, NOSE AND THROAT (ENT)
CHAPTER 18 EYE PROBLEMS
CHAPTER 19 SKIN CONDITIONS
CHAPTER 20 MINOR MEDICAL PROBLEMS
CHAPTER 21 MEDICATION
CHAPTER 22 VACCINES (IMMUNISATION)
CHAPTER 23 ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS
CHAPTER 24 BITES, STINGS AND PARASITES
CHAPTER 25 CLINICAL OBSERVATIONS &TESTS
CHAPTER 26 DENTAL PROBLEMS
CHAPTER 27 SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES
CHAPTER 28 OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY
CHAPTER 29 INFECTIOUS DISEASES, NUCLEAR BIOLOGICAL & NERVE AGENT WARFARE
CHAPTER 30 GUNSHOT WOUNDS, EXPLOSIONS & TACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS
CHAPTER 31 TRIAGE
CHAPTER 32 NUTRITION
CHAPTER 33 PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS
CHAPTER 34 ECG INTERPRETATION
APPENDIX 1 GCS
APPENDIX 2 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
APPENDIX 3 FURTHER READING
INDEX