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A hangout for medical first responders.

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What is /r/EMS?

/r/EMS is a subreddit for medical first responders to hangout and discuss anything related to emergency medical services.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you're a student or new to the field and have questions or need advice, we kindly ask that you head over to our sister subreddit: /r/NewToEMS.

Before posting, please check out our FAQ that outlines general facts about emergency medical services and various resources to help guide you in the right direction. There is also a wiki and search feature.

FAQ courtesy of 47599. Last update: 8/22/2014


You are required to follow our rules and failing to do so may result in your posts removed and account banned.

  1. Bigotry, racism, or hateful speech is not allowed.

  2. No posts related to intentional self-harm.

  3. Do not ask newb questions. Post those in /r/NewToEMS instead.

  4. No non-EMS related submissions or off-topic content.

  5. Posts with images to new certifications or licenses will be removed. Instead, post these in the New Cert Thursday weekly thread in /r/NewToEMS.

  6. Do not ask for or provide medical advice. If you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 (USA), 999 (UK), 000 (Austrailia), or your local emergency telephone number.

  7. Only submit memes, image macros, reaction gifs, rage comics, cringe shirts, etc. on Mondays and you must write "[MEME]" in the beginning of the post's title. This rule does not apply to comment sections.

  8. All posts that are solicitations or self-promoting must be approved by moderation team prior to posting.

  9. In posts with "[Serious]" written in the title, all top-level comments must contain helpful content or contribute to the discussion in a meaningful way. Follow-up questions are allowed in top-level comments. Trolling, memes, sarcasm, or other content that does not contribute to the discussion are not allowed in top-level comments. The tag is only appropriate for clinical discussion or emotional support.

Verified Flair

Special flair identifying country of origin and level of certification can be obtained after verification by the mods. We have standard flair available for many levels of care, and new flair options are added occasionally by request on a case by case basis.

How to Verify

Click here to submit a flair verification request form to the moderation team.

As always, users can still add (non-verified) flair with the self-serve flair module in the sidebar - just click "edit" next to your user name.


Discounts for EMSers!

Codes and Abbreviations

Keep in mind that codes and abbreviations are not universal and very widely based on local custom. Ours is an international community, so in the interest of clear communication, we encourage using plain English whenever possible.

For reference, here are some common terms:

  • A&O - Alert and oriented
  • ACP - Advanced Care Paramedic
  • CAO - Conscious, alert, and oriented
  • CCP - Critical Care Paramedic
  • ECG - Electrocardiogram
  • EDP - Emotionally disturbed person
  • EKG - Electrocardiogram
  • EMS - Emergency Medical Services (duh)
  • EMT - Emergency Medical Technician. Letters after the EMT abbreviation, like "EMT-I", indicate a specific level of EMT certification.
  • FDGB - Fall down, go boom
  • MHA - Mental hygiene arrest
  • MVA - Motor vehicle accident
  • MVC - Motor vehicle collision
  • PCP - Primary Care Paramedic
  • Pt - Patient
  • Hot, Red, Code-3 - Using lights and sirens in a response.
  • VSA - Vital signs absent

A more complete list can be found here.

Related Subreddits
  • /r/NewToEMS

  • /r/emergencymedicine

  • /r/FOAMems

  • /r/medicine

  • /r/EKGs

  • /r/HazMat

  • /r/Firefighting

  • /r/ProtectAndServe

  • /r/911dispatchers

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