Completing an EMT training course is an essential part of starting your career in emergency medicine. A Mobile Medical Response, we offer EMT training in Grand Rapids, MI, designed to prepare you for your career as an EMT and beyond. If you’re considering taking our training course but aren’t sure what you’ll learn, continue reading below to learn more about a few of the most important things we teach.
Basic life support
As an EMT, you’re going to be called to emergency scenes where people will need you to perform basic life support (BLS) actions to save their lives. You’ll learn how to give (and what it means) quality chest compressions, open a blocked airway, use an AED. Each is an essential part of providing first aid to some who’s injured during an emergency situation. You’ll be trained in proper techniques for each action to ensure that you’re giving the best help available.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is one of the most important skills that you’ll learn in EMT training. CPR is an essential life support technique because it helps keep oxygenated blood flowing through the body for an individual whose heart has stopped beating. Chest compressions are unlikely to restart their heart but can be used to help blood flow until someone arrives with an AED. You’ll learn proper CPR technique that includes the proper number of compressions to breaths as well as the pace at which to deliver them.
Taking pulse and respiratory rates
Measuring an individual’s pule and reparatory rates is a great way to tell if they’re stable, in shock, or at risk of losing consciousness. A faint pulse can also be a sign that there’s an issue with their heart. You’ll learn techniques for taking a pulse and checking breathing rates in the field without high-tech equipment that gives readouts. Remember, you won’t always have these tools available to you when you’re at the scene of an emergency.
Assessing lung sounds
Listening to a person’s breathing can indicate if they’re having trouble breathing or there’s an obstruction. A person who’s having an asthma attack will display different lun