16 May 2022
During my first year, I used many resources to help me progress. In this blog, I will narrow this down to five resources which made a huge difference to my development as a student paramedic.
As a first year, it is extremely important to understand the role of a paramedic, responsibilities of a paramedic and also the overall foundations which create paramedic practice. This book will give a great insight to paramedicine, and the qualities required to be a good paramedic.
This book will teach you advanced anatomy and physiology, in both health and illness. Therefore, you will develop an understanding of how the body works in a ‘normal’ patient, and also begin to understand the pathophysiology of illness in an unwell patient. I found this book really helpful while I began to look at anatomy and physiology in first year.
Patient assessment is a huge part of your practice. Accurately assessing a patient allows the clinician to form an appropriate differential diagnosis and potentially a clear diagnosis, which will enable a precise treatment plan for a patient. This book will provide great information on both history and physical examinations for your overall assessment.
ECG interpretation can be quite a difficult topic to understand. Initially, I struggled with ECG interpretation, however I found this book helped it all make sense. This book will show the meaning of all the ‘squiggly lines’, and what certain abnormalities may indicate.
Pharmacology is a very broad topic, and can be quite difficult to understand. As a paramedic, pharmacology is an important aspect of your practice and therefore a firm understanding is essential. I found that this book was very relevant in relation to paramedic pharmacology and it's split into many sections which makes digesting the book a lot easier.
Jack studies Paramedic Science at ARU in Chelmsford. Find out more about this and other degree courses at one of our Open Days.