Recently we made 6 free patient scenarios available to students at the EMT-B / BLS provider level so you can practice decision making, chart in a simulated run report, and exercise your medication and intervention knowledge. During that process, we also took a stroll down memory lane, reviewing some of the materials members of our team learned when they were first studying in EMS programs. Here are some of our favorite books that we highly recommend to EMT, EMS, and First Responder students everywhere.
🧑🎓 EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Crash Course with Online Practice Test
Crash Course EMT Practice: Unlike the other materials listed here that are more designed for review rather than learning, this is something closer to a textbook. You need to have some familiarity with EMT content, but this book will actually teach you the specifics with diagrams and written descriptions. It also has a lot of practice questions to help information stick in your mind. It’s one of the highest reviewed EMT review/textbooks on Amazon, and we have nothing but good things to say about it.
📒 EMS Field Guide, BLS Version
EMT Field Guide: This is by far, the best field guide we’ve found for BLS level providers. In one tiny pocket-sized book, everything you need in the field is right here for your quick reference. If you don’t own this guide while studying, you need to purchase it before going out in the field. Pediatric information, neuro exams, metric conversions, and poisons are all covered as well as the standard topics you’d learn in an EMT-B program. ALS measures that might be included in some extended local protocols are also included.
💊 BLS Provider Medication Guide
BLS Medication Guide: While we’re a bit biased on this one (after all, we wrote it), we highly recommend this medication guide for both students and new providers who don’t need a full Field Guide like the one above. We find that so much of what is covered in standard field guides like wearing gloves and masks (if you don’t know to wear gloves on a call, it’s probably best to go back to class) or reminders on medical terminology aren’t necessarily useful in the field. However, giving medications when you’re still new to emergency medicine can be a terrifying process if you aren’t 100% comfortable with your med bag yet. That’s why we created this tiny book to carry in your bag or pocket including just the medications given at the BLS or AEMT level– we don’t want you to feel like you’re all alone when you decide to give a medication during a call.
🚑 EMT- Emergency Medical Technician (Quick Study Academic)
EMT Quick Reference Guide: Just a single trifold, laminated pamphlet that covers all the major topics on the NREMT exam for basic EMTs. While not designed to teach you the material, we highly recommend this as the ultimate study guide/review page for students. Studying for exams can be overwhelming, but this helps you focus your efforts and refresh your memory right before walking into the exam center. We highly recommend carrying this in your bag to do quick reviews while waiting in line for a coffee or downtime during ride-alongs.
*We also highly recommend this for new EMT-B instructors who are having a hard time keeping themselves from wandering into more advanced topics. This pamphlet is a great way to focus your teaching to just the relevant points.*
-The ChartFlow Team