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June 1985

Systems Approach to Emergency Medical Care

Arch Surg. 1985;120(6):756. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390300094021

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The title of this book suggests that it is merely another emergency room reference book based on the major organ systems, but in fact it is for physicians and administrators interested in the organizational systems of emergency medical services (EMS). The extensive facts and organizational schemes are presented in a concise, well-referenced, and easily read style.

The first chapter by Dr Boyle, titled "The History of EMS in the United States," provides an expansive review of the evolution of EMS in this country and summarizes current legislation governing the function of EMS systems.

Other chapters describe the administration of EMS systems and the organization of in-hospital services and evaluation schemes. Many useful flow diagrams and equipment checklists are included. The second half of the book is organized around the management of specific problems in emergency care. An excellent chapter dealing with high-risk infants, based on the Virginia model, addresses the

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