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Product Review: Informed EMS Field Guide ALS Version 18th Edition

The Informed EMS Field GuideĀ ALS Version is now in its 18th edition. With more than 150 pages, the pocket-sized field guide is packed with information for ALS EMS professionals. The 3″x5″ field guide is printed on a durable waterproof, alcohol-fast, and rip resistant stock. It will handle the wear and tear of being taken in and out of a cargo pocket, sliding around the action shelf, or being pulled in and out of a duty bag.

Informed ALS Field Guide PhotosThe guide is organized with a set of quick reference tabs into these sections:

  • Airway
  • ACLS
  • Medical Emergency
  • Poisons
  • Medications
  • Peds
  • Drugs

Each page is dense with information. There are lots of color diagrams, clear instructions for procedures, and charts to simplify dosing calculations and IV fluid administration rates. The forty-eight page prescription drug section lists drugs alphabetically by the brand name and includes generic names as well. Then it lists the most common use or reason for prescribing the drug. Which makes it a useful tool to understand a patient’s history based on the medications the patient takes.

When I use my Informed EMS Field Guide I usually start with a quick check of the back cover index for commonly used reference scales or contents like Glasgow Coma Scale, Pupil Gauge, or Spanish for EMS. I would suggest owners frequently review the contents until they are familiar with how the guide is organized. This will help you find information quickly in the situations where you need it fast.

When purchasing from online resellers look for the 18th edition which contains the most up-to-date information for EMS professionals.

Informed ALS Field GuideYou can learn more about the Informed EMS Field Guide ALS Version 18th edition and their other reference products at The EMS Field Guide ALS is also available as an iPhone app.

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By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.