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Emergency Medical Services (abbreviated EMS in some countries) is a type of emergency service dedicated to providing out-of-hospital acute medical care, transport to definitive care, and other medical transport to patients with illnesses and injuries which prevent the patient from transporting themselves. Emergency medical services may also be locally known as a first aid squad, emergency squad, rescue squad, ambulance, squad ambulance service, ambulance corps, or life squad.

The goal of most emergency medical services is to either provide treatment to those in need of urgent medical care, with the goal of satisfactorily treating the presenting conditions, or arranging for timely removal of the patient to the next point of definitive care. This is most likely an emergency department at a hospital. The term emergency medical service evolved to reflect a change from a simple system of ambulances providing only transportation, to a system in which actual medical care is given on scene and during transport. In some developing regions, the term is not used, or may be used inaccurately, since the service in question does not provide treatment to the patients, but only the provision of transport to the point of care. ~Adapted from Wikipedia.

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CPR for First Responders A short course.

Obstetrics and Pediatrics for First Responders A full course equivalent to a traditional one-semester course at a community college.

Treatment of Environmental Injuries A full course equivalent to a traditional one-semester course at a community college.

Sterile Procedures A short course.

Treating Bone Fractures on Site A short course.

General Principles of Wilderness Rescue A short course. The reading assignments are currently available, but the study guide and ancillaries are still under development.


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The Complete Topic Guide for Emergency Medical Services Text: Jones & Bartlett
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These are contemporary textbooks that appear online, free of charge but with an undetermined number of pages missing. They are selected for their relevance and quality.

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