Paramedic Survival Guide

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March 16, 2012


Mixed media product, 150 pages

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0071769293 / 9780071769297


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What EMT training can’t teach you, this book can

Reading this one-of-a-kind resource is like having a mentor and career coach ride along with you on every call, showing you the ropes, and explaining what it takes to become a successful medic. Paramedic Survival Guide is the perfect primer for all paramedic students—and great refresher for practicing paramedics.

Inside, you’ll find narratives written by new EMTs, educators, and experts who share hard-won wisdom designed to smooth the transition from the classroom to the streets. Also included are little-known tips and tricks of the trade from seasoned medics, along with coverage of must-know topics and protocols in such key areas as patient safety and scene safety.


  • Savvy career guidance on picking the right job, the recruitment and interview process, and career paths and options open to paramedics
  • “A Day in the Life of a Paramedic” chapter provides a realistic, tell-it-like-it-is account of an average paramedic call, drawing special attention to the skills required to successfully handle a specific EMT case
  • Taking It to the Street boxes highlight the most important concepts that new EMTs must bear in mind on the job
  • Compelling statistics on the profession are interwoven throughout each chapter and reinforce key points
  • Useful appendices present federal and local resources and associations available to assist medics at any level

Table of contents

1. Evolution of the Emergency Medical Services and the Making of "Paramedicine"
2. Your Role in the Healthcare System as an EMS Provider
3. Career Opportunities in EMS: Now You're a Paramedic!
4. Getting the Job You Want
5. Taking the Classroom to the Streets!
6. Patient Safety
7. Scene Safety
8. A Day in the Life of a Paramedic
9. One Year Anniversary
10. What's Next for Paramedics?
Appendix A. State EMS Agencies
Appendix B. Federally Sonsored EMS Programs and Federal Agencies
Appendix C. EMS Associations
Appendix D. Resources Related to EMS Appendix E. Mental Health and Treatment Programs

Author comments

Peter DiPrima has more than 22 years of public safety experience and is a certified Paramedic and HazMat Instructor. He is the District Manager for the Holbrook Fire District. He also served as an Operational Supervisor and Training Manager for one of the largest hospital based EMS services in the New York Metropolitan Area and a Paramedic Instructor for NYC-EMS / FDNY EMS. He is a Volunteer Firefighter/Paramedic with the Lakeland Fire Department and holds numerous citations for lifesaving. Mr. DiPrima is co-author of the McGraw-Hill EMT-Basic and Paramedic books, and has published an article in JEMS about his experience and response to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

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