"Paramedic: Airway Management, by Gregg S. Margolis, MS, NREMT-P, would be a welcome addition to any EMS provider’s bookcase. This comprehensive, stand-alone text combines case studies with focused findings and break-out boxes containing important points related to documentation and safety. It meets and exceeds the airway management objectives outlined in the 1998 U.S. Department of Transportation Paramedic National Standard Curriculum."
From the Journal of Emergency Medical Services
March 2004 Vol. 29 No. 3 Page 140
AAOS: Paramedic: Airway Management
By Gregg S. Margolis, MS, NREMT-P: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2004
Joining an increasing popular list of advanced level textbooks focused on specific areas of paramedic practice is the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Paramedic: Airway Management text, written by well-known EMS educator Gregg Margolis.
The text provides a comprehensive, nicely written approach to both the basic and advanced aspects of managing the broad spectrum of airway abnormalities encountered in the unpredictable field environment. The flow of the text is simple to follow and takes the reader down a logical path, similar to that encountered in field practice. The illustrations are clear, and the photographs are a good mix of “real patients” and simulated situations designed to illustrate skills. (Why is it as EMS providers, we make it a point to pick out what’s “real”?)
The author uses several interesting tools to effectively bridge the gap between an academic presentation of the science and a practical, real-world approach to patient-care. The first is a series of case-studies that build upon themselves with each successive presentation, allowing the reader to think through the changing dynamics of an evolving patient presentation. This approach not only reinforces the content discussed, but also challenges the reader to work through the ever-elusive process of developing solid clinical decision-making skills.
The case presentation scenarios contain just the right mix of “life in the streets” descriptions and focused findings. The cases also reinforce good medical practice unrelated to airway management, but essential to street medicine (“…as you pull the jump bag, oxygen kit and AED out of the rig…).
Finally, the text uses several break-out boxes that focus on important points related to documentation and safety. Margolis’ Paramedic: Airway Management is a solid, well-written soup-to-nuts textbook that covers the science of airway management in a fashion that also focuses on the art of developing a comprehensive, practical approaching in the unpredictable world of out-of-hospital medicine.
By Edward M. Racht, MD
Medical Director, Austin/Travis County EMS Department