Can You Name All Of This EMT Equipment From An Image?

Jacqueline Samaroo

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Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) respond to out of hospital emergencies and bring invaluable care to patients. They often use many ordinary, everyday items to do extraordinary things as they go about saving lives. Some of these items you quite likely have in your own kitchen drawer or medicine cabinet. Can you think of any of them? There are quite a few - take the quiz to see what they are!

There is also some highly specialized equipment for performing on-the-spot procedures. EMTs train long and hard to perfect the skill of using them. Have you perfected the skill of identifying them? How about that set of items for drawing air out of a patient's chest or the different apparatus to help patients get the oxygen they need? Do you know their names? Prove it by taking the quiz!

You don't have to be an EMT to pass this quiz with flying colors, but it sure would help if you were! Think you're up to the challenge of identifying each piece of EMT equipment in this quiz? Well then, what are you waiting for? Get to it!

Can you name this basic tool used by EMTs?

The stethoscope is a fundamental and vital piece of equipment for most health professionals. René Laennec, a Frenchman, invented the first stethoscope - a wooden tube designed for use with one ear.

Do you know the name of this common piece of medical equipment?

Blood pressure cuffs are a type of sphygmomanometer. They feature an inflatable cuff, a small handheld pump and a pressure meter. A stethoscope is used along with the blood pressure cuff to listen to the blood as it flows through the patient’s artery.

What is the name of this piece of equipment used to carry patients?

The folding or collapsible stretcher is also known as a top deck. Some folding stretchers allow the patient to sit upright while being carried if this is deemed best for their medical condition.

What is the name of this device used to measure a patient’s temperature?

The very first medical thermometer was built by the famous scientist Galileo Galilei in the 16th century. Nowadays, they come in many different forms, including digital thermometers, electronic ear thermometers and the traditional liquid-in-glass thermometers.

What is the name of this tool used to pick up liquids?

A manual suction device is a small, portable piece of equipment used to remove fluids from a patient’s mouth or nose. They are a wise standby for the EMT to have in case the battery-operated suction unit loses power.

Do you know the name of this electronic device used by EMTs?

Micro pulse oximeters help the EMT to measure the proportion of oxygen in the blood of a patient. It can also measure pulse rate and pulse strength.

What is the name of the protective handwear shown here?

Nitrile gloves are latex-free and so are safe for use by persons with latex allergy. They also offer more protection than the typical latex glove. The blue gloves often seen worn by EMT are most likely nitrile gloves.

Can you pick out the name of this everyday tool used by EMTs?

Tweezers (or thumb forceps) are indispensable when it comes to grabbing and removing small particles from wounds, etc. They range from economy models to high-end, anti-magnetic, ultra-fine and high precision variations.

Can you name these larger versions of tweezers?

Forceps differ from tweezers in three ways. They are generally large and some are made with teeth or ridges on the tips. Also, forceps are often designed with handles similar to those of scissors.

Do you know the name of these protective handwear items?

Disposable medical latex gloves have been around since 1964. Their design is based on the latex condom, which was first produced decades before in the 1920s.

Can you name the EMT item shown here?

Molded surgical masks provide more structure and a better seal than ear loop masks. They give EMT personnel and patients greater protection against the transmission of germs, but this protects from splashes pretty well.

Do you know the name of this piece of protective gear worn by EMTs?

Face shields are a type of eye protection but they also protect other areas of the face apart from the eyes. They protect the wearer from liquid splashes and sprays, as well as solid particles of debris.

What is the name of this device used to stop blood flow?

Use of tourniquets dates back to about 200 BCE. A simple tourniquet can be made using a strip of cloth and a stick, but this is not as effective as a commercially made one.

Can you identify this handy EMT item?

Triangle bandages are typically made from muslin material. There are several ways to fold a triangle bandage so that it can be used on almost any part of the body.

Can you name this everyday cutting tool?

Although it is a single unit, we tend not to say “a scissors” just as we would not say “a forceps” or “a tweezers.” If there is the need to definitely refer them in the singular, we can use the terms “a pair of scissors,” a pair of forceps” and “a pair of tweezers.”

Do you know the name of this popular item used by EMTs?

There are many instances in which EMTs will need to use adhesive tape such as medical tape to close wounds and hold dressing. In situations where greater holding power is required (to secure items, for example) heavy duty adhesive tape is generally used.

Do you know the name of this convenient piece of equipment?

A splint is used to help keep a patient’s fractured or damaged limb or spine immobile. It limits any further injury to the area.

Can you identify this item EMTs use?

Full face respirators provide protection from airborne germs. Their design also means that they act as a form of eye protection, as well.

Do you know the name of this device used to close wounds?

Chest seals are an important part of immediate care for someone suffering from an open chest wound. If air gets into the wound, it can accumulate around the lungs and lead to a painful condition known as pneumothorax.

Can you identify this item used by EMTs?

Burn sheets are used when a patient suffers burns over a large area of the body. They help to prevent the wounds from becoming infected.

Do you know the name of this EMT tool?

Disposable airway kits are used for tracheal intubation of a patient. That is, the flexible tube is inserted in the patient’s windpipe to keep it open while treatment is administered.

Can you recall the name of this piece of EMT equipment?

The CPR Lifeshield allows the EMT to perform lifesaving CPR on a patient without making mouth-to-mouth contact. It is made of a face-conforming material and has a one-way valve.

Can you name this item used by EMTs?

The non-rebreather mask delivers a high concentration of oxygen to the patient who is on oxygen therapy. Pep[;e suffering from smoke inhalation or carbon monoxide poisoning are among those who would be fitted with a non-rebreather mask.

What is this item used by EMTs called?

EMTs are trained to administer emergency oxygen to patients. Apart from the oxygen regulator, the other pieces of equipment include an oxygen tank and a delivery device such as a non-rebreather mask.

Do you know the name of this item which EMTs use to keep patients warm?

The space blanket goes by several other names which are related to its uses: shock blanket, emergency blanket, safety blanket, thermal blanket and weather blanket. It is also known by the brand name Mylar blanket – Mylar being a name for the material used to make the space blanket.

What are these cutting tools called?

Trauma scissors, trauma shears or tuff cuts are used to quickly cut away clothing from the patient with low risk of inflicting injury. They can cut through all types of tough clothing material and will even go through thin metal.

Can you identify this carrying device used by EMTs?

The roll-up stretcher is strong, lightweight and easy to carry when rolled up. Once the patient is strapped in, the stretcher can be lifted with the patient either horizontal or vertical.

Can you name this glass-breaker?

Window punches are used by first responders, including EMTs, to free persons trapped in a vehicle. Some of them are spring loaded, which helps the user deliver blows of different intensity.

Do you know what this device used by EMTs is called?

Carbon dioxide (CO2) monitoring can help the EMT to deduce what type of help to administer to the patient. Capnography is the term used to refer to the monitoring the levels of CO2 in the patient’s exhaled air.

Do you know the name of these patient tags?

Triage ID bands or tags are color-coded to indicate the urgency with which the patient should be treated. The typical codes are red for immediate attention; yellow for stable but treat as soon as possible; green for “walking wounded”; white for minor injuries; and black is used on corpses or on patients who cannot be saved.

Can you identify this emergency item used by EMTs?

The seat belt cutter, like the window punch, is very useful when the EMT has to rescue someone who is trapped in a vehicle. It is made with a very tough hardened steel blade.

What is the name given to this set of emergency medical items?

A chest decompression procedure is performed on a patient who is suffering from a build-up of air in the space between the lungs and the chest wall. The condition is life-threatening but the patient should show improvement once the air has been released.

Can you recall the name of this piece of EMT equipment?

Emergency oxygen can be administered when a patient is suffering from hypoxia (too little oxygen reaching the body’s tissues). Signs of hypoxia include chest pain, a blue tinge to the lips and the patient going in and out of consciousness.

Can you identify this means of illumination used by EMTs?

These pen-sized flashlights help the EMTs to do a pupil test of the patient’s eyes. A regular flashlight could do the job just as well but is not as easy to carry around and does not look as professional as a penlight.

What is the name of this breathing apparatus?

The nasal cannula is used to supply extra oxygen to a patient who may be having respiratory problems. It is fitted into the nostrils and passes behind the ears then under the chin.

Do you know the name of this EMT item?

The nose hose goes by several other names. These include nasopharyngeal airway, NPA and nose trumpet.

Do you know the name of this life-saving tool?

The BVM (bag valve mask) resuscitator is used on patients who need assistance breathing. It is a manual resuscitator which also goes by the names Ambu bag and self-inflating bag.

Which piece of protective equipment is this?

The disposable earloop mask provides EMTs and their patients with basic protection against germs. The folds of an earloop mask make it expandable so it can fit most people.

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