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Top things you learn in EMT training in Grand Rapids, MI
February 21, 2022 at 7:00 AM
Top things you learn in EMT training in Grand Rapids, MI

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 lung sounds than another individual who has a foreign object lodged in their airway. While a foreign object will often initiate a gag reflex, it’s not always the case. What’s more, you can distinguish a collapsed lung. You can learn to identify whether a person has something stuck in their airway or has a collapsed lung by listening to the sounds their lungs make.

Administration of medications within scope of practice

EMTs are considered medical professionals, but the amount of medication they’re allowed to administer to patients in an emergency situation is limited to eight drugs. These medications are:

  • Activated charcoal
  • Albuterol (metered-dose inhaler)
  • Aspirin
  • Epinephrine
  • Nitroglycerin (tablet or spray)
  • Oral glucose gel
  • Oxygen
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

These eight medications are considered to be within the scope of practice of an EMT as they’re suited for emergency use and can be administered without taking a thorough medical history. More advanced EMTs and paramedics are trained to administer additional medications.

Reach out to enroll

If you’d like to enroll in our EMT training in Grand Rapids, MI, get in touch with us at Mobile Medical Response. We’re proud to train the new generation of emergency medical technicians to serve in our communities. Give us a call for more information about our classes at our education office at 989-907-3698, or send a message with your questions using our contact form.