EMTprep Free Training Materials

Our Free Training Materials include articles, test day tips, study guides and training videos as well as words of advice for both your NREMT journey and EMS career.

Landing Zone (LZ) setup

In this video, we ask our staff Flight Medic what you need to know in the field and on the NREMT for setting up and managing a proper landing zone (LZ). Always follow your local protocols.

Chest Seal Placement

A quick overview of commercially available chest seal devices. Remember to always follow your local protocols. If using this as a study aid for the NREMT, remember that you will most likely be questioned on the 3-sided chest seal device that the instructor mentions in the video.

Wound Packing

This video reviews the proper way to pack a wound when a tourniquet is not an option. Injuries to the axilla, neck, and groin are reviewed.

Blood Flow Through the Heart Animation

This video shows you how blood flows through the heart, out to the body, and back from the lungs. Having a strong sense of cardiac A&P is critical if you're studying for the NREMT and NCLEX exams.

Monophasic vs Biophasic EMS Monitors

In this video, we discuss the major differences between monophasic monitors and biphasic monitors.

   Recertification for all levels of EMS providers is a requirement to maintain your individual certification. Maintaining your certification is a requirement for maintaining a valid license. (This can be confusing especially since these terms are used interchangeably. We’ve written an article on the differences between certification and licensure, you can view it HERE). Each level of provider has a different continuing education (CE) requirement to maintain their certification.1 In 2012, the NREMT launched the National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) to streamline the recertification process. The NCCP has three sections the EMS professional must...

    We often hear the terms “certification” and “licensure” in the context of practicing EMS in the field, but it is not always clear what separates the two. To make matters worse, the two terms are often used interchangeably, which can increase confusion and make it difficult to understand what needs to be obtained in order to practice in the field. 

    The federal government defines certification as “the process by which a non-governmental organization grants recognition to an individual who has met predetermined qualifications specified by that organization.”1 Whereas licensure is defined as “the state's grant of legal authority, pursuant to the...

What is blood lactate? And what can altered levels be an indication of?

Lactate is a product of anaerobic metabolism - which is the result of cell metabolism in the absence of sufficient oxygen. Typically, lactate is metabolized by the liver to prevent toxic accumulation in the bloodstream (1). However, in the absence of adequate tissue perfusion, these levels can accumulate and have devastating effects on the body. “Normal lactate levels are less than 1.0 mmol/L in both arterial and venous blood[…] [and] one study showed a level above 4.0mmol/L was associated with a 27% mortality rate compared with 7% for patients with a lactate of 2.5-4.0 mmol/L2”...

Active shooter incidents (which often devolve into mass casualty incidents) are becoming a concern across the United States, with recent statistics showing that “in 2017, there were 29 active shooter events in the United States” (1). Thus we, as EMS professionals, must be educated in our role and response to an active shooter and/or mass casualty incident situation. 

What classifies an active shooter (AS) or mass casualty incident (MCI) scenario?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security defines an AS as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use...

Although our ability to manage strokes in the field is minimal, EMS serves a critical role in obtaining a history of the illness - specifically a patient’s last known normal. 

What changes in the AHA/ASA 2018 guidelines for stroke care are important to EMS providers?

Many of the changes made to the stroke management guidelines for 2018 are applicable only to the in-hospital setting. However, there are a few changes that have been made in regards to EMS identification and management of stroke patients in the pre-hospital setting.

The key changes to the guidelines have to do primarily with early identification of strokes using some tested stroke...