Nelson Higher Education

Higher Education

Foundations of EMS Systems, 2nd Edition

  • Bruce J. Walz
  • ISBN-10: 1435480279
  • ISBN-13: 9781435480278
  • 336 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2002
  • COPYRIGHT: 2011 Published
Request a Copy for Review


About the Product

Practical and reader-friendly, FOUNDATIONS OF EMS SYSTEMS is an invaluable resource that provides a broad, contemporary overview of EMS with a realistic focus on the field provider. Based on the course outcomes developed by the EMS committee of Fire and Emergency Services in Higher Education, this book introduces learners to the EMS world and provides the knowledge they need in order to prepare them for success as an EMS provider. With an emphasis on EMS as a profession, the book explains the background, structure and operations of these systems, the role of each provider within the healthcare system, and how to offer optimal delivery of care and services.


  • Presents an historical perspective of material.

  • Offers a national perspective on EMS.

  • Focuses on pre-hospital delivery of emergency care.

  • Follows the fourteen attributes of an EMS system presented in the EMS Agenda for the Future.

  • Provides perspectives for the future of the EMS.

Table of Contents

1. Foundations of EMS Systems.
2. History of Emergency Medical Systems.
3. Human Resources.
4. Educational Systems.
5. Transportation.
6. Medical Oversight.
7. Public Access and Communications.
8. Clinical Care.
9. System Finance.
10. Legislation and Regulation.
11. Public Education and Prevention.
12. Disasters.
13. Information Systems and Evaluation.
14. Research.

New to this edition

  • New information focusing on EMS Legal Issues.
  • Coverage of the new National EMS Education Standards and what they mean for the EMS practitioner.
  • Meets FESHE course outcomes for Foundations of EMS Systems.
  • All new engaging Case Studies help promote understanding of real-life application.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

eResource  (ISBN-10: 1435480287 | ISBN-13: 9781435480285)