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Welcome to /r/EMS!

r/EMS is a subreddit for medical first responders to hangout and discuss emergency medical services. Everyone is welcome here: from laypersons and first aiders to paramedics.

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


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You are required to follow the rules of this subreddit. Failing to do so may result in your posts removed and account banned.


Please refer to the FAQ before posting questions. The FAQ outlines general facts about EMS and various resources to help guide you in the right direction.

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

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 get verified:

Verification of certification/licensure must be send to the mods. Send us a picture of your ID/Certification and include your user name written on a piece of paper within the same photo. Screen shots or digitally edited images will not verify your credentials as these are easily faked. Upload the photo to imgur (or wherever) and send the mods the link. Feel free to remove personally identifying information if you so choose.

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.


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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/medicine

  • /r/emergencymedicine

  • /r/EKGs

  • /r/HazMat

  • /r/ProtectAndServe

  • /r/TalesFromDispatch

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