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Principles of EMS Systems, Third Edition

Principles of EMS Systems, Third Edition provides EMS personnel with an overview of the organization and operation of an EMS system, both on a daily basis and in response to large-scale events, including terrorist and weapons of mass destruction incidents.  This book explores the role the medical director plays in EMS and discusses the importance of medical oversight and accountability.  By focusing on the collaborative interaction of EMS, police, and fire professionals, along with emergency physicians, emergency departments, and hospitals, this resource provides a framework for how these different groups must work together to ensure the emergency medicine/health care safety net does not fail when it is needed the most.

Features & Benefits

  • Twenty-seven chapters, all updated and enhanced, from the history of EMS systems, through administration and management, transport issues, EMS for children, education and occupational health issues, research, trauma systems and disaster response, and much more
  • New chapters on air medical transport, response to terrorist incidents and WMD, operational EMS, public health, and EMTALA
  • More than 50 EMS experts as authors - it's an "anthology" of their collective wisdom and experience
  • Key education "principles" for each chapter
  • Hundreds of references to additional sources of information and relevant Web sites

Applicable Courses

Principles of EMS Systems, Third Edition is appropriate for EMS courses covering management and administration.

Jeffrey W. Runge, MD, FACEP

John A. Brennan, MD, FAAP, FACEP, and Jon R. Krohmer, MD, FACEP

Chapter 1: History of EMS: Foundations of a System
Ronald D. Stewart, OC, BA, BSc, MD, FRCPC, DSc

Chapter 2: EMS Systems
Peter T. Pons, MD, FACEP, and Rick Murray, EMT-P

Chapter 3: State and Regional EMS Systems
Susan M. Nedza, MD, MBA, FACEP, and Leslee Stein-Spencer, RN, MS

Chapter 4: Trauma Systems
John C. Sacra, MD, FACEP

Chapter 5: Emergency Departments and EMS
William A. Gluckman, DO, FACEP, EMT-P, Neill S. Oster, MD, and Nancy E. Holecek, RN

Chapter 6: Medical Oversight and Accountability
Robert A. Swor, DO, FACEP

Chapter 7: Administration, Management, and Operations
Richard Herrington and Gordon Bergh

Chapter 8: System Financing
Robert R. Bass, MD, FACEP

Chapter 9: Communications
Robert E. Suter, DO, MHA, FACEP and Hon. Ricardo Martinez, MD, FACEP

Chapter 10: Emergency Medical Dispatch
Victoria A. Maguire, EMTP, EMD-I, and James N. Pruden, MD, FACEP

Chapter 11: Medical Record Documentation and EMS Information Systems
Greg D. Mears, MD, FACEP

Chapter 12: Ground Transport: Ambulances
Franklin D. Pratt, MD, FACEP, and Jerry Overton, MPA

Chapter 13: Ground Interfacility and Specialty Care Transfer
Robert M. Domeier, MD, FACEP

Chapter 14: Air Medical Transport
Kenneth A. Williams MD, FACEP, and Kenneth J. Robinson, MD, FACEP

Chapter 15: EMS for Children
Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FAAP, FACEP; John A. Brennan, MD,FAAP, FACEP; and Robert K. Waddell, II

Chapter 16: Rural EMS
Bob W. Bailey and Dan Manz

Chapter 17: Disaster Response
Stuart Weiss, MD, FACEP, FAAP; Peter I. Dworsky, MPH, EMT-P; and William A. Gluckman, DO, FACEP, EMT-P

Chapter 18: Emergency Medical Care at Mass Gatherings
Arthur H. Yancey, II, MD, MPH, FACEP

Chapter 19: EMS Response to Terrorist Incidents and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Jerry L. Mothershead, MD, FACEP, and Thomas H. Blackwell, MD, FACEP

Chapter 20: Operational EMS
Mary S. Bogucki, MD, PhD, FACEP, and Joseph P. Heck, DO, FACOEP, FACEP

Chapter 21: EMS and Public Health
James V. Dunford Jr., MD, FACEP, and Theodore C. Chan, MD, FACEP

Chapter 22: Research
Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FAAP, FACEP, and Roger J. Lewis, MD, PhD, FACEP

Chapter 23: EMS Education Programs
Daniel L. Storer, MD, FACEP

Chapter 24: EMS Providers and System Roles
Mikel A. Sucher, MD and Jennifer L. Waxler, DO, FACOEP, FACEP

Chapter 25: Occupational Health Issues
Deb Hogue, RN, ADN, EMT-P and Lynn Zimmerman, RN, BSN, Med

Chapter 26: Medical-Legal Concerns in EMS
Leah J. Heimbach, JD, RN, and Douglas M. Wolfberg, Esquire

Chapter 27: EMTALA and EMS
James C. Mitchiner, MD, MPH, FACEP

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) exists to support quality emergency medical care and to promote the interests of emergency physicians. The Board of Directors has identified values that serve as the guiding principles for the specialty of emergency medicine. These values, and the objectives that follow, are the foundation of ACEP's planning processes and Council and Board actions. The values of the American College of Emergency Physicians are: Quality emergency care is a fundamental right and unobstructed access to emergency services should be available to all patients who perceive the need for emergency services. There is a body of knowledge unique to emergency medicine that requires continuing refinement and development. Physicians entering the practice of emergency medicine should be residency trained in emergency medicine. Quality emergency medicine is best practiced by qualified, credentialed emergency physicians. The best interests of patients are served when emergency physicians practice in a fair, equitable, and supportive environment. Emergency physicians have the responsibility to play the lead roles in the definition, management, evaluation, and improvement of quality emergency care.

The ACEP was founded in 1968 and is the world's oldest and largest and largest emergency medicine specialty organization. Today it represents more than 28,000 members and is the emergency medicine specialty society recognized as the acknowledged leader in emergency medicine.

Additional Titles by this Author

John Brennan, MD, FAAP, FACEP

Senior Vice President, Clinical and Emergency Services,
Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine,
Chair, Patient Safety and Quality Committee,
Saint Barnabas Health Care System.
Attending and Director, Pediatric Care Center,
Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
Faculty, Emergency Medicine Residency Program,
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center,
Newark, New Jersey.
EMS/EMSC Medical Consultant,
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services,
Office of Emergency Medical Services.
Member, Board of Directors,
American College of Emergency Physicians.

John A. Brennan, MD, FAAP, FACEP Dr. Brennan is Senior Vice President for Clinical and Emergency Services for Saint Barnabas Health Care System, Livingston, New Jersey, where he is also Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Chair of the Patient Safety and Quality Committee. He is core faculty for the emergency medicine residency program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, New Jersey, and the EMS/EMSC medical consultant for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Dr. Brennan is a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a member of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Subboard for the American Board of Emergency Medicine/American Academy of Pediatrics, and a national oral board examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is a course director for both Advanced Pediatric Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and a former liaison to the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiac Care Committee.

In 1999, Dr. Brennan was named Outstanding Speaker of the Year by the American College of Emergency Physicians, and received its “Over the Top” speaker award in 2001. He has presented more than 150 state and national lectures on topics in emergency medicine, pediatrics, and EMS, and is the author of numerous journal articles and textbook chapters in these areas of expertise. Dr. Brennan served in the US Air Force from 1989 to 1992 and was the recipient of the US Air Force Professional Scholarship, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and a National Defense Service Medal, and was named Honorary Chief Master Sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1992 at the rank of Major.

Dr. Brennan completed his undergraduate education at LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York, and received his MD degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed residency training in emergency medicine at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center, and is board certified in emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine.

Jon Krohmer, MD, FACEP

Attending Physician,
Department of Emergency Medicine,
Spectrum Health.
Director, EMS,
MERC/Michigan State University Emergency Medicine Residency Program.
Medical Director,
Kent County EMS,
West Michigan Metropolitan Medical Response Team,
Region 6 Terrorism Response Program,
Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Associate Professor,
Section of Emergency Medicine, College of Human Medicine,
Michigan State University,
East Lansing, Michigan.

Jon R. Krohmer, MD, FACEP Dr. Krohmer is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Spectrum Health and Director of EMS for the MERC/Michigan State University Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He is Medical Director for Kent County EMS in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the West Michigan Metropolitan Medical Response Team, and the Region 6 Terrorism Response Program. He is a past chair of the ACEP EMS Committee and the Trauma Care and Injury Control Committee and is currently the ACEP liaison to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. He is Past President of the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians and the National Association of EMS Physicians and is a national oral board examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

In 1998, Dr. Krohmer was named recipient of the 1998 ACEP Outstanding Contribution in EMS Award. He received the 2000 MCEP Ronald L. Krome, MD Meritorious Service Award and the 2003 Ronald D. Stewart, MD NAEMSP Leadership Award. He has presented regional, state, national, and international lectures on emergency medicine and EMS and is the author of numerous articles and chapters on EMS.

Dr. Krohmer completed his undergraduate education in pharmacy at Ferris State College, Big Rapids, Michigan, and received his MD degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his emergency medicine residency and an EMS/research fellowship at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Krohmer is board certified in emergency medicine.