The 14-Day EMT Boot Camp at Unitek EMT features interactive classroom instruction, hands-on exercises, and clinical simulations. The Boot Camp is taught by experienced EMS professionals and averages about 10 hours of EMS instruction per day for 14 consecutive days. During the program, students participate in realistic emergency simulations to prepare them for success in the field.

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This guide is part of a 14-part series providing an overview of each training day at the Unitek 14-Day EMT Boot Camp. This article summarizes Day 9.

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EMT Boot Camp Syllabus & Class Schedule: Day 9

Time Hours Description Homework
0800–0900 1.0 Ch 29 Chest Injuries
0900–1000 1.0 Ch 30 Abdominal & Genitourinary Injuries
1000–1200 2.0 Ch 31 Orthopedic Injuries
1200–1230 0.5 LUNCH
1230–1500 2.5 Ch 31 Orthopedic Injuries
1500–1700 2.0 Practical Skills
1700–1730 0.5 DINNER
1730–2000 2.5 Practical Skills

About the EMT Textbook

The textbook used throughout the EMT Boot Camp is: Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured Digital Advantage Package, Twelfth Edition. Published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), this textbook provides the fundamental knowledge of the emergency medical services (EMS) system, safety and well-being of the emergency medical technician (EMT), and medical, legal, and ethical issues relevant to emergency care. Each chapter covers National EMS Education Standard Competencies.

Chapters Covered on Day 9 Include:

  • Chapter 29: Chest Injuries
  • Chapter 30: Abdominal and Genitourinary Injuries
  • Chapter 31: Head and Spine Injuries

EMT Textbook Chapter 29—Chest Injuries: Summary

Chapter 29 focuses on the necessary knowledge and skills for prehospital care and transportation of patients with chest trauma. Students will learn how to recognize life threats associated with these injuries and how to provide immediate intervention.

Among other topics, the Chapter 29 curriculum covers:

  • The anatomy and physiology of the chest and underlying organs
  • The causes, effects, assessment and management of chest injury
  • Age-related issues specific to pediatric and geriatric chest trauma
  • Morbidity and mortality information on chest trauma
  • Blunt versus penetrating or open trauma
  • Specific injuries, including sucking chest wound, pneumothorax, tension pneumothorax, hemothorax, flail chest, and pericardial tamponade

After completing Chapter 29 and related coursework, you will be able to provide basic emergency care and transportation to a patient with an acute chest injury based on your assessment findings. You will know the signs of chest injury, the difference between a pneumothorax (air or gas between the chest wall and the lungs) and a hemothorax (blood between the chest wall and the lungs), and the possible complications. Students also learn the mechanics of ventilation for chest injuries.

EMT Textbook Chapter 30—Abdominal and Genitourinary Injuries: Summary

Chapter 30 focuses on the prehospital care of patients with abdominal and genitourinary trauma. Students will study the cause, effects, and assessment of injuries relating to the genital and urinary organs and learn to recognize life threats associated with these injuries. The assessment section of this chapter is very comprehensive and follows the primary and secondary model.

Some of the specific injuries discussed in Chapter 30 include:

  • Blunt versus penetrating mechanisms
  • Evisceration
  • Impaled object
  • Injuries to external genitalia
  • Vaginal bleeding secondary to trauma
  • Sexual assault

After completing Chapter 30 and course work, you will know how to manage a patient with abdominal and genitourinary trauma. You will be able to define closed and open abdominal injuries, provide examples of the mechanisms of injury (MOI), and the common signs and symptoms.

Chapter 30 will also provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to provide prehospital care to patients who have experienced a genitourinary injury. This includes injuries to the kidneys, bladder, external male genitalia, female genitalia, and rectum. Special considerations are also covered for a patient who has experienced a genitourinary injury caused by sexual assault, including patient treatment, criminal implications, and evidence management.

EMT Textbook Chapter 31—Orthopaedic Injuries: Summary

Chapter 31 covers the cause, effects, assessment and prehospital treatment of orthopaedic injuries.

Some of these orthopaedic injuries covered include:

  • Open fractures
  • Closed fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Amputations and replantation
  • Upper and lower extremity orthopaedic trauma
  • Sprains and strains
  • Pelvic fractures

After completing Chapter 31 and the related coursework, you will understand the structure of the musculoskeletal system and how it works. You will be able to provide prehospital care and transportation for patients with musculoskeletal injuries, including fractures, dislocations, amputations, sprains, and strains. Students are also taught the need for, general rules, and possible complications of splinting, including rigid, zippered air, vacuum, Hare and Sager traction splints. You will also learn the use of pneumatic anti-shock garments (PASG) to treat severe blood loss.

Day 9: Summary

Successful completion of Day 9 of EMT Boot Camp will provide the knowledge and skills needed to treat the chest, abdomen, genitals, urinary tract, muscles, and skeleton injuries. You will recognize the life threats associated with these injuries and how to provide immediate intervention.

Day 9 requires 12 hours of participation from start to finish, including two half-hour breaks for lunch and dinner. The coursework and training are accelerated. You will be expected to process and retain a lot of information in a relatively short time.

The Unitek 14-Day EMT Boot Camp is not easy, but it is worth it! Our dedicated graduates are among the best trained and most effective EMTs in the world today. Click here to learn more about our two week EMT Boot Camp.

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About Unitek EMT

Unitek EMT is one of the premier EMT schools in Arizona. Our mission is simple: training the next wave of top-notch EMT professionals. We offer a variety of training options to fit your needs, including an accelerated EMT program to get you mission-ready and certified fast. We also offer EMS Continuing Education courses to update your expertise and enhance your career. Unitek EMT instructors are experienced leaders in their fields, and our real-world training scenarios are ideal for aspiring EMT professionals.