Medical Books from A to Z

Posted by admin on December 27, 2012 at 10:16 am. Filed under: Medical Training

In this era of eBooks and online information, books remain an important area of medical equipment. This is why plenty of people outside the profession have heard of Gray’s Anatomy. Whether you’re an employer, an educator or a student, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest developments in emergency medical service (EMS). Having access to a good online medical bookshop is part of the lifelong learning process that makes medicine such a challenging and fascinating area to work in.

A choice of handbooks

Whether you’re training to be a paramedic or a specialist nurse, or you’re a GP with a well-established practice, handbooks are the building blocks of any good medical library. With the latest edition of a volume on any subject from tropical medicine to patient transportation, you’ll always have the facts to hand. As any student knows, one of the keys to learning is having high-quality illustrations and photographs to complement the text and assist in diagnosis.

Books for use in the field

If you’re facing the challenges of working outside of hospitals, clinics or other controlled settings, there are some key items of equipment you’ll need to have in your vehicle. A field guide which is full of practical advice can be a real life-saver when you need to make a rapid diagnosis and access to conventional medical facilities, or even a phone, is limited.

Medicine and the law

Often in the headlines, health and safety legislation affects everyone from employers, patients and the general public, to those who design new facilities. A mass casualty incident at a sports ground or concert hall always prompts an investigation into how these venues can be made safer. As well as reading medical textbooks and understanding the law, it’s also worth buying advisory papers that discuss future developments in occupational health.

Reference and reporting aids

Many people’s lives are now dominated by mobile apps, but medical professionals still know the value of an old-fashioned pocket notebook, translator or guide. They may not be digital, but these tools are still very versatile, allowing you to communicate with anyone in any language. A visual language translator employs a visual vocabulary of more than 600 standard pictures and symbols, covering many situations. Users can also collect and record field data in a notebook, without having to worry about batteries dying. As well as this, by using such equipment, you can keep those all-important EMS protocols right where you need them, in one compact and colour-coded volume.

General interest

Medical training seems to go hand-in-hand with books, films and TV shows. From the TV series Scrubs to shows like ER, there’s always an appetite for witnessing the mistakes and misadventures along the road to qualification. Other true-life accounts of working in trauma medicine are a reminder of the daily dangers of working on the front-line in a war zone or as a bomb disposal expert.

Some might say that a robust sense of humour is an indispensable piece of medical equipment for any professional. So no medical bookshop can ignore the appeal of a volume of jokes and quips; great for relieving stress.


Innovation and Imagination in Medical Training Equipment

Posted by admin on December 20, 2012 at 10:12 am. Filed under: Medical Training

Modern make-up and special effects techniques allow film and TV programmes to bring a startling level of realism to their depiction of medical cases. However, creating convincing artificial wounds to all parts of the body is more than just entertainment – it’s an important aspect of emergency medical service training that helps save lives.

Moulage, the French word for casting or moulding, is a technique for creating fake ‘injuries’ so that medical personnel can gain valuable experience. Though wax anatomical models date back to the 17th century, moulage experts can now take advantage of flexible materials like latex when creating their horrific-looking prosthetics. Nowadays, you can practise using first aid equipment on something that looks and feels like real flesh, blood and bone. These are just some of the ground-breaking training aids available to those who buy medical equipment.

Skeletons and models

Owning a full-size human skeleton has long been an essential part of a doctor’s training. Specialist models of the heart, brain and torso also simulate the human anatomy with a remarkable degree of accuracy. Comparative vertebrae sets are also available. These are mounted on a stand and coloured to aid identification of the various surfaces. Lifting demonstration models are popular for training. These models show how the spine is distorted by an incorrect posture. Pairs of mounted head sections are similarly accessible, illustrating not just the brain but the mouth, tongue, nose, oesophagus and trachea.

Training manikins

If you’re familiar with medical equipment, you’ll already know that manikins come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Often competitively priced, CPR prompt manikins can be very useful. Heads and chins can be tilted to open airways and these easy-to-clean models feature anatomical landmarks.

First aid equipment can be trialled on various versatile models. Many advanced trauma modules feature a comprehensive range of injuries, from scalp lacerations to a compound clavicle fracture. Speciality manikins also include the stand-alone blood pressure training arm.

One company manufactures a version of the choking manikin which is designed to simulate an obese patient. This allows rescuers to learn the correct hand placement and protocols for helping pregnant, older or larger patients with airway obstruction.

Training for burns injuries

One way for paramedics to gain experience using a burns kit is with non-bleeding moulages. These lifelike mouldings can be made to simulate second-degree or third-degree burns on areas such as the chest, hands and face. Highly versatile and reusable, these moulages can be used on manikins or humans during training.

Simulating other types of wound

Bleeding moulages can be made to look like many different wounds and injuries, making them ideal for trying out first aid equipment. Models available include a crushed foot, abdominal wounds with protruding intestines, leg amputation and a sucking wound of the chest


Fake blood is a staple ingredient of many cinematic and theatrical productions – from Hammer horror to Shakespearean tragedy. Many ‘recipes’ have been tried over the years. For purely medical training purposes, most ranges offer a choice of simulated blood powder in 85gm pouches, or bottles of liquid stage blood that is suitable for use in the mouth.


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