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Chest Pain Emergencies

Learn How EMTs & Paramedics Identify, Treat, and Care for Patients with Chest Pain Chest pain, or chest discomfort, is the fourth most common emergency that EMS professionals respond to, accounting for about 10% of all EMS calls. (Click here our list of the most common EMS Emergencies for EMTs and Paramedics). Causes of chest […]

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Respiratory Distress Emergencies

Learn How EMTs & Paramedics Identify, Treat, and Care for Patients with Respiratory Distress Respiratory distress (or shortness of breath) is the third most common emergency that EMS professionals respond to, accounting for more than 12% of all EMS calls. (Click here to view our full list of the most common EMS Emergencies for EMTs […]

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Abdominal Pain Emergencies

Learn How EMTs & Paramedics Identify, Treat, and Care for Patients with Abdominal Pains and Injuries Abdominal pain is the second most common emergency call that EMS providers respond to. Because the abdomen includes a wide range of organs and vessels belonging to the digestive, urinary, and muscular systems, it can be challenging to diagnose […]

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Traumatic Injury Emergencies

Learn How EMTs & Paramedics Identify, Treat, and Care for Patients with Traumatic Injuries Despite advances in hospital and pre-hospital care over the last 50 years, trauma remains a leading cause of death. In the United States, trauma accounts for over 150,000 deaths and over 3 million non-fatal injuries per year, according to the American […]

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5 Most Common EMT Injuries

Learn How to Treat & Avoid the Most Common Injuries for EMS Professionals Every year, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) workers treat over 22 million patients in the U.S. Because of their brave service, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics experience some of the highest rates for work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in our country. In […]

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The 13 Most Common EMS Emergencies for EMTs & Paramedics

EMTs and Paramedics provide emergency care for a wide range of injuries and illnesses—from minor wounds and fractures, allergies and headaches, to traumatic injuries, cardiac arrest, seizures, and stroke. (Click here to learn how to become an EMT). In most cases, EMS providers will have some idea of what conditions they will encounter before they […]

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From EMT to Nurse: EMT Career Guide

How to Become a Registered Nurse: Duties, Responsibilities, Education, Requirements, Certifications, Job Outlook, and Salary If you’re an EMT or Paramedic and you’re considering a career change in the broader healthcare field, nursing may be your calling. Like emergency medicine, nursing is a challenging and rewarding job that provides the opportunity to help others on […]

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The 5 Basic Steps of CPR

How to Perform CPR (Rescue Breathing & Chest Compressions) on Adults, Children, and Infants Did you know that nearly 45% of cardiac arrest victims survive with the help of bystander CPR? In fact, most cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital, will occur either in a public setting or inside the home. CPR is […]

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From EMT to Crime Lab Technician: EMT Career Guide

How to Become a Forensic Technician: Duties, Responsibilities, Schooling, Requirements, Certifications, Job Outlook, and Salary From Diagnosis Unknown and Quincy to CSI and NCIS, the world has fallen in love with the stories of crime lab technicians. And for good reason—the science used to solve crimes from inside a laboratory is extremely fascinating, and the […]

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From EMT to Flight Paramedic: EMT Career Guide

How to Become a Flight Medic: Duties, Responsibilities, Schooling, Requirements, Certifications, Job Outlook, and Salary Every second counts when responding to a medical emergency, and even the slightest delay can be the difference between life and death. In most cases, an emergency medical response is done by ambulance. But how do paramedics save lives when […]