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Old 10-28-2004, 17:59   #1
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As I read these posts, I have come across many abbreviations. Some I do not know. I will start a glossary in this thread so our uninitiated readers can decipher what is being said.

I will PM the poster of the abbreviation if I do not know what it means. Just let me know and I will add it to our list.

ABC- Airway Breathing Circulation

AED - Automated External Defibrillator

ALS - Advanced Life Support

ALI _ Automatic Location Identification

ANI - Automatic Number Identification

BLS - Basic Life Support

CHF - Congestive Heart Failure

COPD - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

CVA - Cerebrovascular Accident = stroke

DCAP BTLS - Deformities, contusions, abrasions, punctures/penetrations, burns, tenderness, lacerations, swelling.

ED - External Defibrillator

EMD - Emergency Medical Dispatcher

EMT-II - Emergency Medical Technician II - can administer certain meds

EMT-D - Emergency Medical Technician Defibrillator trained

EMT-P - Paramedic

EMS - Emergency Medical Services

ET - Endotracheal Tube = a tube into the airway

FF - Firefighter

FTO - Field Training Officer

LODD - Line Of Duty Death

LP=Local Protocol

MCI - Multiple-Casualty Incident

OPQRST- Onset, Provocation, Quality, Radiance, Severity, Time

Pedi TX - Pediatric Transport

PHAT tarp -Patient handling/assistance tarp, AKA the shamu blanket

PMS- Pulse, Motor skills, Sensory

RIT - Rapid Intervention Team - (a separate rescue team in case of emergency

RSI - Rapid Sequence Intubation

SAMPLE- Signs, Allergies, Meds, Past history, Last eaten, Events

TIA - Temporary ischemic attack (temporary stroke like symptoms)

TX - Transport


Vol - Volunteer
Blessed be the Lord, my strength, who teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight. Psalms 144:1
That is the Biblical way of saying, "Sight Alignment...Trigger control."

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