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PHTLS: Prehospital Trauma Life Support, Eighth Edition
Includes eBook with Interactive Tools

Author(s): National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)
  • ISBN-13: 9781284041736
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Are you ready to get started with PHTLS? Experience PHTLS for yourself by previewing a free module from PHTLS Online. Then, complete the NAEMT Instructor Course and learn more about the simple steps to become a PHTLS instructor here. To learn more about becoming an NAEMT Course site, visit this page.

Each new print copy of PHTLS: Prehospital Trauma Life Support, Eighth Edition also includes an access code that unlocks a complete eBook and skills videos.

PHTLS: Prehospital Trauma Life Support, Eighth Edition is the premier and proven global prehospital trauma education program from NAEMT. For three decades, PHTLS has improved the quality of trauma patient care and has saved lives. The Eighth Edition of PHTLS continues the PHTLS mission to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care through global education.

This legendary program was first developed by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) in the early 1980s in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT). Its medical content is continuously revised and updated to reflect current, state-of-the-art knowledge and practice. PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the belief that EMS practitioners make the best decisions on behalf of their patients when given a good foundation of knowledge and key principles. The Eighth Edition of PHTLS features a new chapter, Physiology of Life and Death. This chapter creates a solid understanding of the physiology of life and pathophysiology that can lead to death. This understanding is essential for the prehospital care provider if abnormalities are to be found and addressed quickly in the trauma patient.

Clear Approach to Assessing a Trauma Patient
In the field, seconds count. PHTLS teaches and reinforces the principles of rapidly assessing a trauma patient using an orderly approach, immediately treating life-threatening problems as they are identified, and minimizing any delays in initiating transport to an appropriate destination.

Dynamic Technology Solutions
World-class content joins instructionally sound design in a user-friendly online interface to give instructors and students a truly interactive and engaging learning experience with:
•    eBook
•    Video Demonstrations of Critical Skills
•    Interactive Lectures

PHTLS Online Continuing Education is also available. Click here for additional information.

Division 1  Introduction
  Chapter 1  PHTLS: Past, Present, and Future
  Chapter 2  Injury Prevention
Division 2  Assessment and Management
  Chapter 3  The Science, Art, and Ethics of Prehospital Care: Principles, Preferences, and Critical Thinking
  Chapter 4  Physiology of Life and Death
  Chapter 5  Kinematics of Trauma
  Chapter 6  Scene Assessment
  Chapter 7  Patient Assessment and Management
  Chapter 8  Airway and Ventilation
  Chapter 9  Shock
Division 3  Specific Injuries
  Chapter 10  Head Trauma
  Chapter 11  Spinal Trauma
  Chapter 12  Thoracic Trauma
  Chapter 13  Abdominal Trauma
  Chapter 14  Musculoskeletal Trauma
  Chapter 15  Burn Injuries
  Chapter 16  Pediatric Trauma
  Chapter 17  Geriatric Trauma
Division 4  Summary
  Chapter 18  Golden Principles of Prehospital Trauma Care
Division 5  Mass Causalities and Terrorism
  Chapter 19  Disaster Management
  Chapter 20  Explosions and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Division 6  Special Considerations
  Chapter 21  Environmental Trauma I: Heat and Cold
  Chapter 22  Environmental Trauma II: Lightning, Drowning, Diving, and Altitude
  Chapter 23  Wilderness Trauma Care
  Chapter 24  Civilian Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS)

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)

Formed in 1975 and more than 32,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the nation’s only organization solely dedicated to representing the professional interests of all EMS practitioners, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders and other professionals working in prehospital emergency medicine. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government service agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military. NAEMT represents all EMS practitioners in promoting: • Greater understanding and appreciation by government agencies at the local, state and national levels of the role that EMS plays in our nation's health care, public safety, and disaster response systems. • Pay and benefits that reflects their professional training, responsibilities and dedication. • Leadership at the federal level that fosters and supports the delivery of quality EMS nationwide. • Adequate and sustainable funding for EMS in all locations. • Public policy that supports EMS practitioners and the patients they serve.

Additional Titles by this Author

Instructor's ToolKit Online

ISBN-13: 9781284060799 ISBN-10: 1284060799

This Online Instructor's ToolKit includes:

  • Course Plan
  • Patient Simulation
  • Instructor's Manual
  • Optional Skill Stations
  • Skill Stations
  • Lecture Presentation
  • Videos

Access to the PHTLS eBook and Interactive Tools

ISBN-13: 9781284076981

Purchase access to the Prehospital Trauma Life Support, Eighth Edition eBook and skills videos.


PHTLS Online Continuing Education

ISBN-13: 9781284085303

Today's EMS practitioners need to assess their patients swiftly and accurately. Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Online Continuing Education offers both a powerful assessment tool and valuable experience to EMS practitioners.

Each of the modules in PHTLS Online Continuing Education includes interactive patient scenarios where EMS practitioners can apply the concepts in the PHTLS course and gain valuable experience in a convenient and safe online environment. PHTLS Online Continuing Education allows you to earn eight hours of continuing education credits. It is designed for independent learners and PHTLS cards will not be issued.

To purchase the PHTLS textbook, a required resource for completing the PHTLS Online Continuing Education, please visit this page. Or, purchase the textbook and online modules together and save! Simply select the Ordering Options tab above.

For additional information about PHTLS, contact NAEMT at 1-800-346-2368 or today.


PHTLS, Eighth Edition and PHTLS Online Continuing Education modules

Bundle ISBN: 9781284091663
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