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Colonie Residents and Paramedics Bob and Kirsten Elling Author Textbook for Paramedic Students

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

Bob and Kirsten Elling of Colonie, both members of Hudson Valley Community College’s EMT-Paramedic faculty, recently completed a paramedic textbook for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

The book, Paramedic: Pharmacology Applications is a unique new text designed specifically for paramedics in pharmacology courses that are taught as part of paramedic education. Paramedic: Pharmacology Applications is written specifically with paramedic students in mind, connecting pharmacology to patient assessment and treatment.

Paramedic: Pharmacology Applications covers the medications and their administration as they relate to the paramedic’s scope of practice. It is the fourth volume in a series of paramedic educational texts published by AAOS and Jones and Bartlett Publishers. The couple previously wrote two other texts in the series: Paramedic: Anatomy and Physiology and Paramedic: Pathophysiology.

Bob, a full-time clinical instructor in the college’s Paramedic program for the past 15 years, also is a part-time paramedic for the Town of Colonie and the Times Union Center. He serves as a volunteer advocate and national faculty member for the American Heart Association. Kirsten is a full-time paramedic for the Town of Colonie and a part-time instructor at Hudson Valley’s Paramedic program. She also is a regional faculty member for the American Heart Association.

Bob also was the medical editor of the 2006 revision of the seminal paramedic textbook, Emergency Care in the Streets, by Nancy Caroline. “The draft of the first edition of the Caroline text was the only book in print for paramedics when I was originally trained at Albert Einstein School of Medicine in the Bronx back in 1978,” said Elling. “It was a tremendous honor to be asked to take a key role in that revision.”

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 64,000 alumni.