Quiz: EMT Lingo Quiz
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EMT Lingo Quiz
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

There are days when time seems to stand still and suddenly work deadlines and dirty diapers don’t seem quite as pressing as they used to. On those days – when serious medical problems happen, due to instances like heart attacks and car accidents – EMTs (emergency medical technicians) rush to the rescue, hoping to save lives and to improve to future quality of life for people who’ve suffered serious medical trauma. Do you think you know about the work of EMTs to pass this EMT lingo and vocabulary quiz?

If you watch prime time TV (especially CBS) you've heard a lot of these words, but did they stick in your brain? Be warned: Sometimes the words that get used on TV aren't used the way real pros in the business use them.

EMTs undergo major education and training before they’re turned loose on emergency calls. They have to know a vast range of information, from medical terminology to high-speed first aid in order to help people who’ve fallen from roofs, suffered burns, or been in motor vehicle accidents.

Grab your medical kit, don your non-latex protective gear, and lace up your boots. It’s time to race off to this frantic EMT lingo quiz!

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When EMTs administer CPR to a patient, what are they attempting to do?
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It's all about helping people. What does "BLS" stand for?
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EMTs specialize in providing what?
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For what purpose would EMTs use an "AED"?
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"ABC" is a common EMT term. Which of the following is NOT one of the words represented by this acronym?
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When EMTs shout about an "MVA," they're most likely referring to what?
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It's not all fun and games. How might a "critical incident" affect EMTs?
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What's a slang term for patients who call 911 for medical help over and over again?
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EMTs must protect themselves from patients' bodily fluids, in part because they want to avoid liver inflammation caused by a virus, otherwise known as what?
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EMTs may observe "anisocoria" in many patients. This refers to which part of the body?
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What does it mean if an EMT refers to the "expiration" of the patient?
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Which of the following indicates the most severe kind of burn?
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If a patient is receiving too little oxygen and experiencing insufficient blood circulation, he or she has what condition?
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Before an EMT provides care to a conscious adult, what must he or she do?
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If an EMT notes that patient has "N/V," what does that mean?
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EMTs use ACLS to address serious problems in which category?
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If an EMT shouts, "asystole," she's refering to which aspect of the patient's health?
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An embolus travels through what part of the body?
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An EMT might use the antecubital part of the body for what?
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If a patient has no blood pressure or pulse, he or she is what?
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PALS refers to critical health care for which segment of the population?
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Sometimes, the humor is black. What's an EMT slang term for motorcycles?
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In blunt trauma, an EMT will NOT see which of the following conditions?
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