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.
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.