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ALS Skills Review

Author(s): American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
Jeff McDonald, NREMT-P
  • ISBN-13: 9780763751210
  • ISBN-10:0763751219
  • Paperback    524 pages      © 2009
Price: $111.95 US List
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ALS Skills Review provides detailed step-by-step instruction for the core psychomotor skills presented in the Paramedic National Standard Curriculum. This resource teaches ALS students and providers how to perform each skill correctly and offers helpful information, tips, and pointers designed to facilitate progression through practical examinations or real-life emergencies.

For each skill, you will find:

  • Performance objectives, indications, contraindications, complications, and an equipment list
  • Written step-by-step instructions to properly perform the skill with photos to demonstrate critical steps
  • Helpful tips including Safety, Special Populations, and In the Field

ALS skills are grouped into the following categories:

  • Airway Management and Ventilation
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Patient Assessment and Management
  • Vascular Access and Medication Administration
  • Medical
  • Trauma Management
  • Neonatology and Obstetrics
  • Operations

Features & Benefits

Skills include:

  • Performance Objectives
  • Equipment lists
  • Indications and contraindictions
  • Step-by-step procedures with four-color photos
  • Tip boxes
  • Check Your Knowledge questions

Applicable Courses

These products cover the core psychomotor training skills associated with EMT-I and EMT-P training; can be part of initial training or Refresher training.

  i  Personal Protective Equipment
  ii  Body Substance Isolation
  iii  Handwashing
  1  Jaw-Thrust Maneuver
  2  Tongue-Jaw Lift Maneuver
  3  Head Tilt-Chin Lift Maneuver
  4  Oxygen Administration
  5  Mouth-to-Mask Ventilation
  6  Bag-Mask Ventilation
  7  Oropharyngeal Airway
  8  Oral Suctioning
  9  Nasopharyngeal Airway
  10  Adult Endotracheal Intubation
  11  Pediatric Endotracheal Intubation
  12  Introducer-Assisted Intubation
  13  Nasotracheal Intubation
  14  Laryngoscopy and Use of Magill Forceps
  15  In-Line Endotracheal Intubation
  16  Digital Intubation
  17  Dual-Lumen Airway Devices
  18  Laryngeal Mask Airways
  19  Needle Cricothyrotomy
  20  Surgical Cricothyrotomy
  21  Pharmacologically Assisted Intubation/Rapid Sequence Intubation
  22  Tracheal Suctioning
  23  Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  24  Adult One-Rescuer CPR
  25  Adult Team CPR
  26  Adult Foreign Body Airway Obstruction
  27  Child CPR
  28  Child Foreign Body Airway Obstruction
  29  Infant CPR
  30  Infant Foreign Body Airway Obstruction
  31  Cardiac Arrest Management With an AED
  32  Defibrillation
  33  Cardioversion
  34  Transcutaneous Pacing
  35  12-Lead ECG Acquisition
  36  ECG Monitoring: Electrode Placement and Lead Selection
  37  Pericardiocentesis
  38  Patient Assessment and Management
  39  Vital Signs
  40  Communication
  41  Documentation
  42  Bronchodilator—Handheld Metered-Dose Inhaler
  43  Bronchodilator—Small-Volume Nebulizer
  44  Epinephrine Auto-injectors
  45  Oral Medication Administration
  46  Venous Cannulation
  47  Intraosseous Infusion
  48  Local Anesthesia for Intraosseous Infusion
  49  Implanted Venous Port Access
  50  General Rules of Medication Administration
  51  Drawing Medication from Ampules and Vials
  52  Hypodermic Medication Administration
  53  Mucosal Atomizer Medication Administration
  54  Intravenous Bolus Medication Administration
  55  Endotracheal Medication Administration
  56  Continuous Medication Infusion
  57  Blood Collection
  58  Blood Glucose Measurement
  59  Foley Catheterization
  60  Nasogastric Tube Insertion
  61  General Bandaging Techniques
  62  Bleeding Control and Shock Management
  63  Bandaging Techniques for Specific Injuries
  64  Joint Injury
  65  Long Bone Injury
  66  Suggested Procedures for Immobilization
  67  Spinal Motion Restriction—Seated
  68  Spinal Motion Restriction—Supine
  69  Traction Splinting—Ratchet Device
  70  Traction Splinting—Sager-Type Device
  71  Pneumatic Antishock Garment
  72  Decompression of Tension Pneumothorax
  73  Childbirth
  74  Breech Delivery
  75  Prolapsed Cord
  76  Neonatal Resuscitation
  77  Meconium Aspiration
  78  Umbilical Vein Catheterization
  79  Cot Operation
  80  Patient Lifting Techniques
  81  Infection Conrol Techniques
  82  Crime Scene Operations
  83  Managing a Violent Patient

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

With more than 38,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons ( or, is the premier not-for-profit organization that provides education programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions the interests of patients and advances the highest quality of musculoskeletal health. Orthopaedic surgeons and the Academy are the authoritative sources of information for patients and the general public on musculoskeletal conditions, treatments and related issues.

More than one in four Americans have bone or joint health problems, making them the greatest cause of lost work days in the U.S. When orthopaedic surgeons restore mobility and reduce pain, they help people get back to work and to independent, productive lives. Orthopaedic surgeons keep this “Nation in Motion.” To learn more about A Nation in Motion campaign, or to read hundreds of patient stories or to submit your own story, visit

Additional Titles by this Author

Jeff McDonald, NREMT-P

Jeff McDonald enrolled in the EMT Class at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX, in January of 1979, and he stayed on to teach skills the following semester. After completing the paramedic course at Tarrant, he became a part-time adjunct faculty member, then full-time instructor. He is now the director of the program.  He has worked on ground ambulance in and around Fort Worth since 1979, and spent 9 years as a flight paramedic.

Additional Titles by this Author

ALS Skills Review DVD

ISBN-13: 9780763752248 ISBN-10: 076375224X

Designed for individual student use, this action-packed DVD demonstrates the proper techniques for each skill presented in the manual. Capturing real-life scenes, each skill is clearly broken down, demonstrated, and applied in a variety of drills. This DVD is an invaluable resource for every ALS provider and gives students a chance to witness providers in action and in "real" time.