As you read this, an emergency vehicle is racing somewhere in your city, off to either attend to a patient or bring a seriously ill individual to a hospital for the best medical care they can get.
You would agree that the men and women who serve as Emergency Medical Technicians are selfless individuals who make it their mission to help those in need. And we should really be thankful for them.
The world of an EMT is not an easy one, that's for sure. It is fast-paced, full of action and without a doubt, very stressful! The number of different cases they see on a daily basis can vary from scrapes and bruises to broken legs or real emergencies, such as motor vehicle accidents, heart attacks, and similar incidents. In those serious situations, emergency medical technicians have to make some crucial decisions, often in the spur of the moment. And they need to get it right because lives are at stake.
Of course, like many professions, communication is key in the world of the EMT. To aid this, a certain lingo has taken shape over the years. There are EMT slang words to describe many situations. And in this quiz, we are going to test your knowledge of EMT slang, not just from the United States but from around the world.
Are you up for it?
When an EMT calls for a "de-fib" what do they want?
The defibrillation machine has saved many lives and is indispensable to EMTs. Basically, it can deliver a shock to restart someone's heart.
Someone to lie to the patient about their condition
An EMT practicing basic life support is able to provide basic patient care. In many services around the world, this is the entry level for an EMT. For example, an Advanced Life Support EMT may administer drugs to a patient while a Basic Life Support EMT may not.
Someone who calls medical services for every ailment
People who call the emergency services for every little thing are just putting an unnecessary strain on the system. In fact, they may take a crew out of action that could have been attending to someone who really needed them. EMTs call people like this "frequent flyers."
An EMT applying "triage" to multiple patients is ______.
Putting pressure on their wounds
Determining which patients to help first based on the extent of their injuries
"Triage" is a way of determining which patients need help first. For example, a patient with a few minor scratches from a car accident can wait, while one who is bleeding profusely needs help right away.
Using oxygen on patients who have difficulty breathing
When talking about a "MICU" in the world of emergency medicine, to what are we referring?
Mobile Intensive Care Unit
"MICUs" or Mobile Intensive Care Units, are vehicles fitted out with apparatus able to offer advanced life support to patients en route to the hospital. This offers critically injured patients a greater chance of survival.
From the options below, which best describes an "MVA" as a way a patient may have been injured?
Memory valve amnesia
Motor vehicle accident
Helping patients injured in an accident is just part of an EMT's everyday duties. They would describe the patient as having been in an "MVA," or motor vehicle accident. This is also sometimes called an "MVC," or motor vehicle collision.
Do you know which piece of equipment is a "12-lead"?
An ECG machine
Electrocardiogram or ECG machines are attached to a patient's chest through the use of little pads. This machine then measures various readings from a patient's heart, which give a clearer picture of its overall condition. They are called a "12-lead" because they have many leads to attach to a patient.
A patient said to have "Googlechondria" has done what?
Diagnosed their symptoms online
It's relatively easy to work out what "Googlechondria" is. Simply put, it's a condition named by EMTs where patients self-diagnose their condition, signs and symptoms using Google before seeking medical assistance.
A colleague who manages to get all the dramatic incidents
There is always one! Some EMTs just seem to be drawn to the most dramatic calls, those that involve serious injuries. These people are called "trauma magnets" and other EMTs who are partnered with them know they have a busy day ahead.
A patient who is in the hospital for the first time
Which of these below best describe the EMT slang term, "bagging"?
Force air into a patient's lungs using a bag-valve mask
"Bagging" is when an EMT uses a specialized mask, called a bag-valve mask, to force air into a patient's lungs when the person is having trouble breathing. This is a manual way to provide positive pressure ventilation.
Advanced Life Support is the care given to a patient by paramedics prior to transporting them to the hospital. This is different from basic or intermediate life support as ALS paramedics are able to administer drugs when needed.
A person said to be "DRT" is described by which of these EMT slang terms?
Dreadful rib trauma
Dead right there
“DRT” is a slang description for a dead person who has been left in the position in which they were found. Often, in the case of homicide, the body will be left this way until police forensics are done with the scene.
A "donorcycle" is an overpowered motorcycle that could turn its rider into an organ donor. Motorcycle accidents largely result in head trauma and less damage to the body, making the victim a good candidate for organ donation.