Quiz: Could You Pass the EMT Certification Exam?
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Could You Pass the EMT Certification Exam?
By: Torrance Grey
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About This Quiz

Have you ever wondered if you could make the grade as an emergency medical technician? If so, our quiz is for you. Well, OK ... it's probably not going to be as difficult as the National Registry EMT certification exam, because it's for a general audience. Did you know, for example, that the current NREMT exam is "cognitively adaptive"? That means that the computerized test starts with the most difficult questions on each sub-topic, and if you answer those correctly, it moves on. If not, it tapers down to progressively easier questions. So if it's taking you what feels like a long time to take the exam, you might not be as prepared as you thought! But don't worry, as long as you demonstrate an adequate level of knowledge, you won't fail. You'll just get out a bit earlier if you ace it!

There's a lot to cover. EMTs must have a good understanding of human anatomy, the systems of the body, and common illnesses and injuries. But beyond that, they have to understand how to communicate with children, the elderly, and those for whom English is a second language. They need to know how to instill trust in patients, how to deal with the drunk, drug users, or those agitated by mental illness. And. no less important, they need to remember how to protect themselves in the field. There are many risks to the job, from back injuries incurred while lifting patients, to hostile dogs, to the canisters of highly combustible oxygen that are a part of an ambulance's equipment. 

Remember, the next time you see an EMT or paramedic -- treat them well; they have a very difficult job!

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What, in the language of dispatchers, is an "RP"?
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BSI stands for Body Substance _________.
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Which of these is NOT used for Body Substance Isolation?
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Which is these is a sign that a scene might not be safe?
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True or false: EMTs are exempt from testifying in court about anything that happens on a call.
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"ABC" stands for Airway, Breathing and _______.
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If a patient's symptoms are "bilateral," what are they?
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Cervical, thoracic and lumbar are terms which describe the _____.
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The endocrine system deals with what?
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What is the opposite of "systolic"?
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Hypotension, or low blood pressure, is a reading lower than _____ in an adult.
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Which of these is NOT an apparatus used to transport a patient in the field?
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A bag-valve-mask setup is used for a patient who is ______.
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An infant's breathing rate should be _____ than an adult's.
22 of 35
Which of these would you use to stabilize a patient's spine?
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True or false: Bodily fluids are the only infection risk at a scene.
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The four basic vital signs are pulse, respiration rate, body temperature and _______.
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Which of these might pupil size indicate to you?
27 of 35
What does the "A" in "SAMPLE" history stand for?
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Which of these is something you might want to keep out of a radio transmission?
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"Ascultation" is a fancy word for ______.
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Which of these would you use on a musculoskeletal injury?
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