Life and Death Matters

Professionalism and Decision-Making for the First Responder, How Paramedics Act Decisively in the Chaos of Prehospital Emergency Medicine
NA; Twin Peak Publishing LLC
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 25. November 2019
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  • 174 Seiten
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978-0-9600337-1-3 (ISBN)

Skills to Success

In a World Where There In No Gray

IT'S NOT ABOUT HOW QUICKLY a paramedic can insert an IV or intubate a patient or victim in trouble. It's not about being able to recognize a heart attack from a panic attack. Until it is. Medical knowledge is important in responding to life-and-death emergencies for paramedics.

But just as important are the qualities of paramedics that allow them to act decisively in the chaos of prehospital emergency medicine. And those qualities include character attributes and interpersonal skills that serve them well under pressure in a world where there is no gray.

This book reveals the inside knowledge of what it takes to be the best paramedic:

- Understand the role of essential attributes such as humility, integrity, compassion, drive, and accountability.

- Practice the crucial interpersonal skills such as teamwork, assessment, and the ability to act.

- Put it all together by using principles of decision-making such as the ability to analyze and anticipate, and take a logical approach to every call.

In this book, two veteran paramedics explain the skills for success in the field when seconds matter and judgement means everything. One section is devoted to developing the expectations and evaluation skills of the paramedic who trains others.

  • Englisch
Twin Peak Publishing LLC
  • Windows
  • 0,72 MB
978-0-9600337-1-3 (9780960033713)
Samuel Adams is a Nationally Registered and Colorado State Certified Paramedic. He is certified through the CSFD for RSI (rapid sequence intubation). He started his EMS career working as an EMT basic in the Denver Metro area. After going through paramedic school he worked in the Denver area as a paramedic responding to 911 calls. He is on the CSFD TEMS unit for the city (Tactical EMS). His current assignment is as part of the wild land firefighting deployment team fo the Colorado Springs Fire Department.


Introduction: An Integrated Understanding

SECTION I: The Essential Attributes of a Professional First Responder

1: The Character of a First Responder


Ego or Pride




What Drives You?

Accountability and Responsibility

Ownership and Professionalism



2: Essential Interpersonal Skills

General and Self-Reflection



Set the Tone

Personal Growth

Assessment Skills

Application of Knowledge

Ability to Act

SECTION II: Building a Framework for Success

3: Developing a Process

- Individual Process, Methodical Approach, Consistency

4: Building Confidence

5: There Is No Gray

6: Principles of Decision Making



Logic and Reason

Gut Feeling or Intuition


Personal Factors That Cloud Your Judgement

Consistency and Reliability

Methodical Approach

Open to New Information


Outside Influence

Risk vs Reward


Analyze and Anticipate

Analyze what you have done

Be Assertive

Knowledge or Action

SECTION III: Teaching Others

7: The Real Truth

Clear the Air

Set the Professional Tone

8: Ready to Teach?

Role of the Preceptor


Learning Environment


9: Putting it all Together

Having Fun

Key Concepts

Is My Relief Here?


About the Authors

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