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Emergency Medical Technician Transition Manual
Bridging the Gap to the National EMS Education Standards

Author(s): American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
Catherine A. Parvensky Barwell, MEd, RN, PHRN, EMT-IT, President, Emergency Training Associates, West Cheater, Pennsylvania, Adjunct Faculty, Delaware County Community College, Pennsylvania
  • ISBN-13: 9781449609153
  • Paperback    408 pages      © 2013
Price: $88.95 US List
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The ideal resource for states needing to transition practicing EMT-Basics to the new EMT level, Emergency Medical Technician Transition Manual bridges the gap between the knowledge and skills based on the 1994 National Standard Curriculum and those in the 2009 National EMS Education Standards.

Emergency Medical Technician Transition Manual offers focused discussions on critical knowledge areas and new skills. Each chapter opens with a summary of what EMTs should already know about the topic as well as a brief overview of the content that is new or addressed in greater depth in the National EMS Education Standards. Case studies at the end of each chapter help students test their critical-thinking skills and gauge comprehension.

This concise program can be used for continuing education or bridge courses to the National EMS Education Standards.

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Features & Benefits

  • Chapter Opening feature: A boxed feature begins each chapter that includes the EMS Education Standard competency statement(s) pertaining to the chapter and a brief discussion of the topics that are a review to the EMT and new to the EMT.
  • Transition Tips: Tips that emphasize the new EMS Education Standards, highlight safety concerns, and provide helpful advice.
  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary terms are italicized and defined within the chapter and also appear in a box on the same page the term is presented.
  • Skill Drills: Skill Drills are used to present procedures that are new to the EMT.
  • End-of-Chapter features:
    • Ready for Review: Provides a brief overview of topics covered in the chapter.
    • Case Study: A brief case study that concludes with 5 critical thinking questions.


Chapter  1  Preparatory
Chapter  2  Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues
Chapter  3  Therapeutic Communication
Chapter  5  Patient Assessment
Chapter  6  Airway Management and Oxygenation
Chapter  7  Respiratory Emergencies
Chapter  8  Cardiovascular Emergencies
Chapter  9  Neurologic Emergencies
Chapter  10  Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Emergencies
Chapter  11  Endocrine Emergencies
Chapter  12  Hematologic Emergencies
Chapter  13  Infectious Diseases
Chapter  14  Toxicology
Chapter  15  Psychiatric Emergencies
Chapter  16  Gynecologic Emergencies
Chapter  17  Shock and BLS Resuscitation
Chapter  18  Trauma
Chapter  19  Special Populations
Chapter  20  EMS Operations
Chapter  21  Medical Terminology

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

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Catherine A. Parvensky Barwell, MEd, RN, PHRN, EMT-IT-President, Emergency Training Associates, West Cheater, Pennsylvania, Adjunct Faculty, Delaware County Community College, Pennsylvania

Catherine Parvensky Barwell has more than 25 years experience as a prehospital provider, educator and author. She served as Deputy Director of Training for Chester County Department of Emergency Services for many years as well as Program Director for Hahnemann University’s M.S. in Healthcare Education Technology program. She is currently President of Emergency Training Associates in West Chester, PA, a company she founded in 1991, teaching First Responders, EMTs, and ALS providers in a variety of EMS training programs. 
Ms. Barwell obtained her R.N. diploma from Brandywine School of Nursing, B.S. in EMS Administration from Hahnemann University, and M.Ed. in Instructional Systems, Training Design and Development from Penn State University. She is certified in the Commonwealth of PA as a Prehospital Nurse (the equivalent of a nurse paramedic) and as an EMT Instructor Trainer.
In addition to Emergency Medical Technician Transition Manual, Ms. Barwell has authored or contributed to over 30 EMT and paramedic textbooks and ancillary products. She also authored Teaching EMS and The Adventures of Tommi Lance children’s series.

Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM

ISBN-13: 9781449650186

The resources on the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM include:

  • PowerPoint Presentation Slides
  • Skill Drill PowerPoint Presentation Slides
  • Lecture Outlines
  • Image Bank
  • Skill Sheets

EMT Transition Manual Textbook with Navigate Course Manager

Bundle ISBN: 9781449686505
This bundle includes Emergency Medical Technician Transition Manual and Navigate Course Manager: Emergency Medical Technician Transition Manual.

EMT Transition Manual with Navigate TestPrep

Bundle ISBN: 9781449692995
This bundle includes the EMT Transition Manual and Navigate TestPrep: EMT.