Cover image for Emergency!
Masoff, Joy, 1951-
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Scholastic, [1999]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Discusses all aspects of emergency medicine including the medical personnel and equipment needed to successfully help the patient.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
IG 930 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 7.2 5 Quiz: 21577 Guided reading level: NR.
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RC86 .M37 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RC86 .M37 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This book details every aspect of medical emergencies. Readers will counter rescues by paramedics and go behind the scenes to see doctors, nurses, and technicians hard at work saving lives. With an innovative and lively format, each page is packed with photos that illustrate the tools, from suture kits to lasers; the vehicles, including helicopters and rescue trucks; and the gear, from biohazard suits to the "jaws of life".

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. The author of Fire [BKL F 1 98] uses the drama of a 911 call and lots of action photos to draw readers into this overview of the roles and responsibilities of emergency medical personnel, from the EMTs who provide assistance on-site to the doctors and nurses in the hospital emergency room and operating theater. Like the earlier book, this is crammed with crisp full-color pictures, including shots of equipment used on the job and people at work. Each double-page spread focuses on a different topic--what happens in the lab ("I'll need a chem 7"), what to do if you are faced with an emergency, what goes on in an emergency room, and more--and Masoff has peppered the pages with concise but clear explanations of a wealth of associated terminology. The layout is crowded, almost to the point of sensory overload, but children with plenty of time to browse will come away well pleased. --Stephanie Zvirin

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-A colorful, information-packed volume. Each double-page spread features lots of excellent full-color photographs, a large heading, and sidebars. The author discusses what constitutes a medical emergency, getting help to victims, the emergency-room environment, a brief history of emergency medical treatment, and precautionary steps young readers can take to be prepared for an emergency. A list of related sources, from print materials to television shows and Internet sources, is also included. Some facts will fascinate readers (e.g., plastic wrap, Krazy Glue, and turkey basters are sometimes used by doctors and paramedics). Masoff presents solid information and introduces caring, concerned professionals. This attention-grabbing book is better suited to browsing than for straight reading or research, and readers who prefer a more traditional format may find the all-over-the-place combination of text, sidebars, boxed information, large and small photos, and captions a bit fragmented and confusing. Still, solid facts and an enticing package will make this a hot item in almost any library.-Rosie Peasley, Empire Union School District, Modesto, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.