Reddit mentions: The best emergency medical services books

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11. EMS Field Guide, BLS Version

EMS Field Guide, BLS Version
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17. Emergency Care (12th Edition)

Emergency Care (12th Edition)
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20. EMS Field Guide, BLS Version

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u/Inkedfiremedic · 8 pointsr/EDC

The best thing I can tell you to do is pay attention and study. EMT is a tough course and there’s an unnatural amount of information crammed into a short amount of time. Get access to whatever book you’re usings online study guide and do the questions. EVERY.SINGLE.QUESTION. And then do them again. The end of chapter quizzes are great to study for the exams as most come straight from there. Get yourself a BLS field guide like this one. I used mine all during school and clinicals. If you don’t know the answer to a question just say you don’t know. Don’t try to bullshit the answer. Don’t make up vitals bc you’re literally dealing with people’s lives. Sorry, that may be more than you wanted to hear but it is what it is. I’ve been teaching EMT-B for about 7 years and the best thing you can do for yourself is just study and ask any and every question you have. Good luck and feel free to PM me any questions you have. I’m more than happy to help.

u/solarein · 2 pointsr/batman

Definately pick up the First Aid 2016. Then depending on how much time you've got, you can choose a program, whilst going through the first aid and taking notes. Best suggestion is to first prep by yourself and then take one of these programs to get additional tips / help. Start by figuring out where you are the weakest, definately the 3P's - Pharm, Pathology, Physiology and Biochem are the highest yielded topics. Even though this is their official breakdown of topics.

Programs worth checking out:

  • DIT
  • Kaplan - good but they like to overcomplicate certain things.
  • Pass
  • Pathoma - great resource for Pathomorphology and Pathophys.
  • Dr. Najeeb Lectures - his videos are brilliant, but at times can be way too long. I typically use them for when I come across an unexplained topic, and need a deeper understanding.
  • Achland Anatomy Videos - even though anatomy likely won't be a huge part of the test, its worth reviewing and no one does it better than Achland.

    Of course, there are a variety of study aid out there but this is just to get you started quickly. Anyways, hope this helps, good luck!
u/P51Mike1980 · 2 pointsr/nursing

I have quite a few suggestions.

Specifically for nurses:

  1. Schaum's Outline of Emergency Nursing: 242 Review Questions - Not my favorite one, but it serves as an ok reference.

  2. Emergency Nursing Made Incredibly Easy - Love this one.

  3. Saunders Nursing Survival Guide: Critical Care & Emergency Nursing - I like this one because it touches ICU as well as ER nursing.

    The following books are more for med students and MD's but I believe as nurses we need to understand rationales behind what MD's do, so these are good references:

  4. Case Files Emergency Medicine - Goes over a number of cases involving common complaints seen in the ER, assessment findings, treatments, etc for those cases. By far my favorite book in my ER Library.

  5. Emergency Medicine Secrets - doesn't have case studies like the book above, but goes more in detail about common and uncommon complaints seen in the ER.

    Miscellaneous books:

  6. Rapid Interpretation of EKG's - as an ER nurse you'll need to constantly interpret the EKG of patients that are on the cardiac monitor to bring any changes to the attention of the MD. It really helps if you can identify those rhythms and this book is really easy to understand.

    Also consider subscribing to some journals. I'm subscribed to a few of them.

  7. The Journal of Emergency Nursing

  8. Nursing2016 Critical Care

  9. Nursing2016

    I'm an ER medicine nerd, so I love reading this stuff but by no means do you need to have all these books. I just enjoy learning as much as I can about EM.
u/disturbed286 · 1 pointr/ems

I had good luck with a book called Success! For the EMT Basic. It has practice tests in it, and the answer key gives rationale for why the answer is the correct one as well. Very helpful and not terribly expensive.


Good luck!

u/Pandamonium888 · 3 pointsr/science

The textbook that originally got me interested in my PhD work in 3D heart tissue models was Lilly's Pathophysiology of Heart Disease. It was very interesting to learn about one of the most important organs in your body and how one minor problem leads to a cascading effect of more problems systemically. But, after 6 years of studying this I've moved on to other things. But this textbook really has a special place in my...heart. Its only $40 for a physical copy which for a textbook is pretty good. But, many schools make this available, making it very accessible.

u/cinvega · 1 pointr/medicine
maybe his would help, i like that book, its simple,
if you want something a little bit more complete look for harrisons

buuuuuut, i like this one, (im on the internship) so we use emergencys haha

good luck on rotations :)

u/TraumaSaurus · 2 pointsr/Cardiology

Lilly's 'pathophysiology of heart disease' is one of the best overviews available - it covers many aspects of heart disease from A&P to ECGs and is part of the core readings for many med students and paramedics. Plus you can find lots of used copies around for cheap.

Pathophysiology of Heart Disease: A Collaborative Project of Medical Students and Faculty

u/Gorillamedic17 · 1 pointr/emergencymedicine

Dubin's book may have been the book at one time, but it lags behind better books substantially. It doesn't really delve into more advanced ECG topics that absolutely are accessible at the EM/EMS level.

12-Lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation by Garcia is the best book we've found, after a pretty exhaustive hunt, for our students. Very thorough and works from an primer level up through advanced topics with lots of example ECGs.

edit: Added book receommendation.

u/TheComebacKid · 1 pointr/ems

I passed my national on the third try. All three times I went up to 120 questions. First and second try were a week apart. the third test I studied for two months to make sure I passed. I got this book on amazon, studied every question, and any question I got wrong I wrote it on a google doc with the correct answer. By the end of the book I had about 12 pages of material I didn't understand. After that I just studied those 12 pages until I was ready. Like I said, the third time I went to 120 q's, but I was very confident in all my answers. Hope that helps.

u/Comrade_Commodore · 6 pointsr/emsacademy

Here's a few more links to things I also found on Amazon

u/fission___mailed · 13 pointsr/physicianassistant

I can't comment on the UC Bootcamp, but if you aren't already subscribed to Urgent Care RAP, I highly suggest doing so. Here you can get $25 off your subscription.

As far as preparing, review the most common UC diagnoses, which honestly could be just about anything lol. I reviewed this book when I first started out and I still use it as a reference from time to time but now I mostly use UTD.

u/Mort450 · 1 pointr/EKGs

Just finished uni for the year, did 3-Lead interpretation + Basic Arrhythmias in semester 1, and 12-Lead interpretation in semester 2.

This book was worth every cent, good general coverage of anatomy and heart structure etc. Basic rhythms, interpretation, and goes on to cover basic 12-Lead stuff. Plus it comes with some sick premade cue-cards that were super helpful.

Totally recommend it.

u/Sgt-rock512 · 3 pointsr/army

The general consensus here is to study.
Pick up some literature and start going through it, find someone else with interests in medicine and it'll be much easier on you to study together.
If you are a fan and/or have long commutes start listening to some relevant material. EMCrit is a solid source to learn from.

Best of luck

u/antt07 · 1 pointr/ems

You definitely had the dog bite one right in my opinion because it's scene safety first. As for the patient hand off I never had any questions like that. That's tough. Also, since you have your report of how you did on the diff sections focus on the ones that you were below passing on BOTH tests since that is what is getting you. Last thing to consider is this book:

I went through about a third of it and I think it probably helped me out in deciding how to prioritize the steps of patient care for the different scenarios. You may want to purchase it.

u/ayjak · 1 pointr/ems

This is going to sound ridiculous, but the most valuable thing for me when I was studying/taking the exam itself was to stop thinking. My instructor for the course made us realize that the registry questions aren't designed to have you sitting there, furiously mapping out exactly what would happen in the scenario; they're asked in a way that you can think on a basic level, so that if it was real life you'd immediately know what to do. I noticed that if I found myself second guessing an answer, I just needed to move on. Most likely, the initial instinct was correct.

A few other things:

  • If scene safety/BSI is an option, that's most likely the correct answer.

  • If ABCs are an option, that's most likely the correct answer.

  • Study OB. It ends up popping up a LOT, and it's something that takes a lot of people by surprise.

  • Look into getting this book if you haven't already. It's basically pages and pages of practice questions, and there's a CD with more practice exams on it. I went through it by sections of 10 questions; every 10 I would stop and check my answers and look up anything I wasn't familiar with.

  • I also found the app EMT Trainer to be helpful as well, with information presented in cheat sheet format.

    Practice questions, practice questions, practice questions! The exam is probably more nerve-wracking than any EMS situation I've ever been in. But if you just drill yourself with questions, take a deep breath, and do your best to not overthink it, you'll do great.

    edit: formatting
u/pfpants · 7 pointsr/emergencymedicine

Emergency Medicine Secrets or Tintinalli's pocket size edition

I like the former for studying - it's presented in a Q/A fashion in nice concise chapters. Great read for MS4 and intern year. The latter is a good pocket reference for use when you're on your EM rotation.

edit: formatting

u/ambalans · 0 pointsr/ems

I recommend the My First Human Body Coloring Book.

Nancy Caroline's Emergency Care in the Streets is always a classic of course. Let's read aloud now, together:

>One fine day, Sidney Sinus dispatched Mortimer Messenger with the usual order: "Depolarize the ventricles". Mortimer scampered down the atria without difficulty but arrived at the AV node to find a pile of debris blocking the entrance to the ventricles. "Sorry," said AV Abe, "we're closed for repairs."

Brilliant. Incisive prose. Even the littlest ambulance driver can save lives by following along!

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u/singlelite78 · 2 pointsr/nursing

My preceptor suggested and I bought [this] ( it was very useful for me at least. Also study up your focused assessments. The Ed was a fantastic place to learn so enjoy!

u/timeproof · 18 pointsr/aww

I sent this to my friend who has a pet sun conure (translation for non-birdpeople: the pretty rainbow colored one in the pic).

I thought she'd like it a little. I didn't realize she'd lose her mind. She loves it SO much.

"That is THE BEST picture I've EVER SEEN OMG. Sent it to my entire family and then I printed it out and put it in the front of my First Aid binder." "Hahahaha you did not." "I think I used up all the color ink in my printer but IT WILL GET ME THROUGH STEP STUDYING."

u/WC_Dirk_Gently · 2 pointsr/ems

Critical Care Transport

Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis and Management

Air & Surface Patient Transport: Principles & Practice

Also the BCCTPC's handbook has a decent outline for FP-C and CCP-C if you're interested in getting those certs.

u/Insanelopez · 2 pointsr/army

This one

At least that's what they used when I was at fort sam. Sounds like you're on an entirely different program though so you may have different curriculum. I would advise against wasting 100 bucks on a book they're going to give you for free though, but if you've got money to burn and have that little confidence in your own ability to learn and pass an army school using the time they give you, that's your deal.

u/s1ckst0rybr0 · 3 pointsr/ems

I carry the Black Diamond Spot headlamp. I really like it. Like $40 I think, but waterproof and durable, and allows you to go hands free.

Is he planning on going to medic school? If so maybe one of these

u/drewpigsooie · 1 pointr/medicine

Urgent care - (especially the moonlighting resident)
Minor emergencies - loved it when moonlighting

Minor Emergencies: Expert Consult - Online and Print, 3e

u/thissuccinylcholine · 1 pointr/ems

This seems unnecessary...

They make a product that might help you feel more secure in your skills... I used to carry one of these when I first started in EMS, however, I eventually learned that I didn't ever really use it. I eventually ditched the crutch and crossed one more thing off the list as extra weight with no value to my patients.

I did look at it once for the parkland burn formula for a small child with 3 degree burns... I ended up tossing it aside and calling med control who was able to give me the info. I was also able to get additional orders that benefited the patient while on the line with med control.

One thing I will add, however, is the process of making it will probably be much more useful than the actual card itself.

u/Maine_Coon_Medic · 1 pointr/IAmA

--This is the best EMT-Basic book in my opinion. BLS care is what saves lives 90% of the time, so this is a great place to start!

u/_otherotherthrowaway · 2 pointsr/NewToEMS

Just my 2 cents having just taken the NR for EMT-B...the best thing I found was the Crash Course book. It's a short read (lots of pages but not much text per page) but does a good job at condensing the important material from the orange book. At least 50% of the NR questions were things I knew from studying with that book. Passed first time at 70 questions and I know it's only b/c of that book.

u/bgl210 · 1 pointr/NewToEMS

It would help to know what state/country you’re specifically in, since protocols differ between widely even in the US.

In NYS we have a protocols app, which has doc numbers, peds/adult protocols, BLS to ALS etc.

If you don’t mind carrying an extra booklet on you, InforMed has a great booklet for BLS on Amazon.

u/Slingtown12 · 2 pointsr/NewToEMS

This book helped me study better for it after I failed my first attempt:

All the pages are bullet points, very direct and easy to digest. I used it in tandem with my class textbook and made a ton of flash cards. I have a hard time reading a wall of text in the textbook, so this little guy help me compartmentalize everything and absorb the info in the big book better.

u/EMskins21 · 7 pointsr/emergencymedicine

Emergency medicine secrets is great! Super high yield and a relatively fast read.

u/alluring_simian · 4 pointsr/nursing

If you are looking into going aviation, I would recommend, Back to Basics, EMS -Ventilator Management, and ACE SAT. Those three books were the only thing needed to pass both the FP-C and the CFRN. I took them both in the same week, and they were virtually identical tests.

That and I used Med Cram or EM Crit when I needed visual references or a different approach to a subject.

Aviation is fun.

u/aheckuvaguy · 2 pointsr/ems

I personally picked up this book. You could probably find it used for a lot cheaper.

It's a back of the toilet book. I like that I can pick it up and read up on anything, or read about something specific after a particular call.

It's geared towards ED staff, but the more info the better!

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/ems

If it seems to be easy enough to be the right probably is. READ THE QUESTION READ THE QUESTION READ THE QUESTION.

There is a set of flashcards that you can get on amazon. Between that and a site,, you will get exposure to questions that have the same purpose and goal as far as an answer, but with a few words different.

Study triage, study operations, study your vitals ranges for age groups (peds, children, teenagers, infants, etc)

TL;DR: There are sources out there that have questions reworded taken straight from the test.

u/Khovanet · 1 pointr/NewToEMS

This could be pretty helpful to you; I used it during my class.

u/dUc0N · 1 pointr/ems

Yep, this book right here. In the little Amazon preview, Acadian is in at least three of the pictures. That pretty much continues throughout.

u/_Cinderella_Man_ · 1 pointr/ems

Mosby's is a great book. You may also want to consider Tintinalli's

u/tarotara · 1 pointr/medicalschool
great book, goes through each wave step by step. lots of example EKGs in the book that reflect what they're trying to teach you in the chapter.

u/zenlike · 1 pointr/atheism

Tintinalli says to cool the burn first. I highly recommend you review the topic before seeing another patient.

u/MedicUp · 1 pointr/ems

Maybe start with a textbook - consider getting a used copies and then follow up with cases from the very excellent EMS 12 Lead Blog

u/mountain-mayhem · 1 pointr/NewToEMS

2 books I used for the nremt was a crash course book and a flash card book. The crash course book is really useful in pulling out everything from a emt textbook focusing solely on critical information. Really helps to narrow down important information. The book contains everything in a emt course and puts it in a outline format which was useful to me.

I attached both the old and new version of the crash course book. I used the old book which was super useful when I tested 3 years ago. Not sure if there is a updated version for the flash card book but I attached the version I used.

From my experience the two books really helped me study and prepare for the test. Worth the money. I still use the crash course book today when I want to refresh quickly on important information.

EMT Flashcard Book (EMT Test Preparation)

u/mastoidprocess · 1 pointr/ems
u/tribs28 · 1 pointr/nursing

If she's practical, I'm assuming you mean something she'd use and not something she just wouldn't buy for herself? If that's the case, I would get her something to use on the job. If she didn't get herself a good quality stethoscope through nursing school, do that. Some nice, tough sheers/scissors are always welcome too. If she already got those for school (and likely did) try something for her to use as she gets used to nursing.

I started (and will likely retire from) ER, so this was probably one of my favorite gifts:

It's got drip rates for critical drugs, and the way they list meds in the back is actually useful, rather than flipping through four pages of tiny printed info just to find out what a drug is for. They make a version for OB/GYN, Peds, ect, just search for her intended field. I know it seems underwhelming, but she'll think of you every time she references it.

u/B52fortheCrazies · 1 pointr/medicine

A lot of the everyday knowledge needed to be an internal medicine doctor is contained in Harrison's Similarly, a lot of the knowledge needed for emergency medicine is contained in Rosen's or Tintinalli's however I completely agree with the people saying that this is just a fraction of what you learn in medical school and residency. The experience is at least as important, if not more so, than memorizing this info. There are similar books covering every specialty, but for surgical specialties I'd say the experience is even more important than for medicine specialties.

u/The_Eleventh_Hour · 1 pointr/ems

Thank you so much!

Would this be a good resource? I also see this and am not certain if it's something I'll have to buy, should buy, or that would be provided for me, were I to enroll in a course.

u/scisco · 1 pointr/ems

Everyone suggests Dubin, but I'm personally a fan of Gail Walraven's Basic Arrhythmias.

u/ohitsjerico · 3 pointsr/EDC

Oh, you probably won't find them online since I read that in my old EMT school textbook. As it turns out, nasal airways are actually only in the scope of EMT or higher, so I would stick to OPAs. And about the tourniquets, I'm sure you can read up any recent publications from medical journals and they will discuss tourniquet application times and how they aren't as worried about them as they were in the past.

u/lordoflesion · 6 pointsr/physicianassistant

There was a similar thread to this a while back that had a bunch of good books in it but I can't seem to find it . The only book I wrote down was

u/Armigedon · 1 pointr/physicianassistant

[Tintinalli's] (

[Epocrates] (

Watch ER procedures in YouTube like nail avulsions, I/Ds , interrupted suturing, etc.

u/froggyjeff · 1 pointr/ems

I’m liking the emt crash course book. It’s good for general outlines. It comes with a practice nremt access code.

EMT Crash Course with Online Practice Test, 2nd Edition (EMT Test Preparation)

u/Hppyfam · 2 pointsr/navy

Most likely that version. The 13th Edition didnt come out until 2015, I would suggest pairing the 13th edition with the EMS BLS field guide

u/pair_a_medic · 1 pointr/ems

I just bought mine in paperback from Amazon. I am not aware of a digital version.

u/fire-borne · 3 pointsr/ems

Grab this book. It has helped many of the new guys on our department pass it the first time. Most of the guys that don't get it and/or do not actually use it, end up taking the exam at least twice.


u/johnnyscans · 3 pointsr/premed

First Aid is a series of books. Traditionally, when someone mentions First Aid or FA they're talking about

u/Dontkare · 1 pointr/ems

We are using This

u/H4xolotl · 1 pointr/medicalschool

Could you send a link? Google results is only spitting out the first aid basics for basic CPR etc

edit; Is it this book?

u/annoyedatwork · 2 pointsr/emergencymedicine

EMS Field Guide, ALS Version

In a paramedic program right now, carry this for reference. Also, look up your state's protocols for EMS providers.

u/Katchline · 2 pointsr/NewToEMS

Read this book. Take the practice test that comes with it.

u/pfunk87 · 8 pointsr/PAstudent

For Gen Surg:

Pestrana's Surgery Notes

Surgical Recall (good for pimping)


Tintinallis (the manual NOT the big fat EM resident book)

u/RhodyChris · 1 pointr/EMTstories

You’re doing it the right way straight out of high school. Took me a few years post high school to smarten up and realize I want to be a career EMT/ firefighter. Learn your states protocols and drug dosages and you’ll be golden. Everything tends to make sense and come together as the class wraps up and you do ride time. I was a little worried about my first few ride alongs as a basic student but after recently completing my advanced/ cardiac class, where I am actually able to start IVs and be more hands on, even stressful situations become a fun challenge. Everything will come together, just focus on protocols and dosages. ALSO buy this book! Helped me immensely.

EMT Crash Course with Online Practice Test, 2nd Edition (EMT Test Preparation)

u/clairereddit · 1 pointr/ems

Emergency Care And Transportation Of The Sick And Injured (Orange Book Series)

I'm in the basic class now and this is my book. They offer online books also if that is cheaper. Any questions on anything in particular, feel free to ask me and I can look in my book for you!