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Book and Media Review
September 2015

Review of Prehospital Care of Neurologic Emergencies

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Critical Care, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
 

Prehospital Care of Neurologic Emergencies
Todd J.  Crocco, Michael R.  Sayre, eds
200 pp, $45, ISBN 978-1-10767-832-3, Cambridge, England, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

JAMA Neurol. 2015;72(9):1082. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2015.1292

Neurology is a highly specialized, complex field that requires years of training and experience to master. It requires a “breadth of knowledge and understanding” that can be daunting to many health care professionals. Moreover, managing a patient in a life-threatening neurologic emergency is an anxiety-provoking endeavor requiring the health care professional to process multiple differentials and treatment algorithms in a matter of minutes before possible brain death occurs. Furthermore, caring for these types of patients in an uncontrolled setting, outside of the hospital, can add to the difficulty in managing them. Having access to a resource that can provide critical information quickly can be a matter of life or death. Prehospital Care of Neurologic Emergencies was written to ensure that emergency medical service personnel have the necessary information when needed most.

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