A vital task during an emergency situation is to figure out what the next step should be in order to protect the patient against mortality. It is really important for any medical practitioner to have the best knowledge about what remedies may save the patient’s precious time and what procedures to be carried out in the given situation to minimize the damage.
Although doctors and other medical professionals are briefed with this information during their education for more comprehensive research, some of them reach out to external sources too, in order to help their patients better. This is most important to cover for an on-location doctor or nurse or even for one working in the emergency room.
This can only be done using the right material to study from, in order to gain adequate knowledge of actions to be carried out in emergency situations. So here are some helpful emergency medical books to help in such situations. There are certain handbooks and manuals to help in these issues too and we will be discussing these handbooks further in the content.
5 Emergency Medicine Books
Rosen’s Emergency Medicine
This book is written by Robert Hockenberger (MD), Ron Walls (MD) and Marianne Gausche-Hill (MD, FACEP, FAAP). And it accommodates emergency medicinal information and is recommended widely. This book is known for its clarity, its comprehensive information, and authority on the explained emergency medical care.
This book comes with two volumes and the reader is cautioned that this textbook shouldn’t be used by someone who isn’t really interested in the subject matter and is just going to roughly turn through it for covering just the upper layer of information. This book consists of cardinal representations, providing simple and instantaneous guidance over differential diagnosis.
It covers real-life illustrations in around 1200 images to make it easy to understand by the medical practitioner in an emergency situation.
This book is written by Philip Buttaravoli and Stephen M. Leffler. And this book is basically for a quick reference for medical emergencies that aren’t life-threatening, to manage them with the right knowledge and speed up the process of diagnosis. It follows a very simple format and carries all the current information about the equipment, techniques, dosages, etc. and is compact and can be carried quite easily by the reader.
This is a great reference book that provides fast and efficient guidance in the form of concise and point-to-point texts and provides its reader with dos and don’ts of managing such situations. And it’s given in the title itself that it’s a reference book for “minor emergencies”, so it will only help you if you are in a minor medical emergency.
This book has heavily illustrated chapters to help you with the best you can do to understand and overcome the situation and it also accommodates videos related to the given topic. These videos can be accessed using a quick response scanner and the quick response codes can be found in a list, at the starting of the book. And each scanned video is just 2-3 minutes to help you out with the best possible response action even before a small shift.
Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Emergency Medicine
This book is written by Keith Stone and Roger L. Humphries. This book describes the current medical practices in the diagnosis and treatment of emergency cases, which is inscribed directly in its name. This book covers a lot of its course material in a small volume. If a medical practitioner needs a book with a small volume of words and yet needs it to be more useful than emergency manuals or handbooks, then this is the best way to go.
It discusses the latest inventions and discoveries in the field of medicine and also explains all its information in a quite easy to understand format through illustrations and much more in order to grasp even the most complex concepts with the utmost ease. The information in this textbook is represented in an organized manner. It includes almost all the given information about medical emergencies. This helps a practitioner in providing emergency treatment to any patient in a systematic manner by carrying out a step by step manner.
Avoiding Common Errors in the Emergency Department
This book is written by Amal Mattu (MD), Dale Woolridge (MD, Ph.D.), Arjun S. Chanmugam (MD, MBA), Michael Winters (MD) and Stuart P. Swadron (MD, FRCP(C), FACEP). And it helps you through error analysis to stay away from the basic mistakes made by other practitioners by introducing you to the mistakes they made.
This book talks about 360 errors that are commonly made by practitioners in the emergency room or as most of the people know it, the ER. Also, it provides you with easily understandable and memorable tips to move past these mistakes. And the most different feature of this book that makes it stand out of the category of all other medical help books is the fact that it has really easy to understand and conversational paradigm of written texts to help the reader over any issue resolved as fast as it can.
The book also covers other aspects like obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, urology, etc. to help the reader in multiple fields and its information is concise as well as the book contains evidence-based material.
Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine
This is the best book according to me in this comparison and it is written by David M. Cline, Judith E. Tintinalli, Garth D. Meckler, J. Stephan Stapczynski, Donald M. Yealy, and O. John Ma. And this book is not just widely recommended but some practitioners have also named it the “Bible” of emergency medical care. Also, compared to the other books available in this category, this is the only book that covers all aspects of knowledge that are required in emergency medicine.
This book covers a wide range of information regarding emergency situations, from adults to the ob-gyn, to pediatrics, and many other specialties. Other than fatal and life-threatening emergencies, this book also covers some less common emergency issues like substance abuse, domestic violence, prison medicine, legal issues related to emergency care, etc.
4 Emergency Medical Handbooks or Manuals
There are certain handbooks or manuals that can be consulted for quick reference during a medical emergency. Some of the most helpful of them are listed below.
The Chief Complaint
It is written by Dr. Chris Ciprian Feier. And it most basically talks about cases on Chief Complaint as a guide, which is quite obvious from the title. Since it’s a concise text, there can only be a very short amount of data which is why it follows an algorithmic approach. Also, it is designed in a color code format to help in speedy navigation and referencing.
Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine
This handbook is written by Jonathan Wyatt, Robin Illingworth, Colin Graham, and Kerstin Hogg. It is a quick guide to address all the most common emergency situations. And it follows the latest clinical evidence and guidelines, provided by the experts of this field which is how this handbook ensures the accuracy of your practices and the fact that you are up-to-date with the right information. It is usable for all junior doctors, paramedics, specialist nurses, etc.
Pocket Emergency Medicine
This handbook is written by Richard D. Zane (MD) and Joshua M. Kosowsky (MD, FACEP). This book covers a lot of information regarding emergency situations and their management.
It is an ultra concise handbook and it is very easy to use. And it doesn’t drop any information as it discusses everything from taking the medical history of the patient to examining, then to diagnosing the issues and finally providing proper management to the issue. Also, this handbook covers topics related to human organs along with many more topics like psychiatric disorder, trauma, poison and drug abuse, etc. which is quite helpful for medical professionals.
Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine Manual
This book is basically a concise edition of Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine textbook and is written by Rita K. Cydulka, Scott A. Joing, David M. Cline, Vincent J. Wang, O. John Ma, and Michael T. Fitch. It is in full color and it contains all the basic information about all the categories mentioned in its full-sized textbook. This is basically for quick resolution of emergency situations as it is the summary of the main book.
There are more pictures involved in this handbook than general texts as pictures do a better job at explanation, rather than texts. This is the best preferable handbook, currently available.
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