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It’s Time to Do Away With Steps

It’s Time to Do Away With Steps

By Dan Limmer I recently posted a multiple choice question on bleeding control. It was a challenging situation in which the student would actually use a tourniquet first (the severe bleeding was from a deformed joint). I received quite a few questions about whether the answer I provided was the “NREMT-approved” answer. While it’s worth […]

Medical Terminology and the NREMT Exam

Medical Terminology and the NREMT Exam

By Dan Limmer I’m not sure I’ve ever met a student who walked out of the NREMT exam and said, “I knew all the words on the exam.” I am sure I’ve heard hundreds of people come out of the exam and say there were words and diseases they’d never, EVER heard of. So what’s […]

10 Tips for Longevity in EMS

10 Tips for Longevity in EMS

You’ve finished your class. Your NREMT card came in the mail. The only thing left to do is to ride off into the sunset saving lives…. Not so fast. EMS seems challenging and fast-paced. That’s most likely why you’re here. When the ink on your card has dried, and you have one really bad call […]

Advice to a Student Preparing for the NREMT

Advice to a Student Preparing for the NREMT

By Dan Limmer For years I’ve been posting my thoughts about why people fail the NREMT. My main theories have centered on poor preparation or education, reading or attention span issues, and test anxiety. When I speak to a student who has failed the exam one or more times, it’s always challenging to determine which […]

24 hours before the NREMT—What should I do?

24 hours before the NREMT—What should I do?

by Dan Limmer A student recently emailed me this question: Mr. Limmer, I couldn’t make the review class you held last night because I had to work. I’m taking my NREMT exam tomorrow at 9:00 am. Do you have any suggestions for prepping for the exam? What should students do in the last 24 hours […]

10 Things to tell a new EMT or EMT student

10 Things to tell a new EMT or EMT student

1) Know the difference between respiratory distress and respiratory failure. 2) Be nice. 3) Oxygen isn’t the wonder drug anymore. 4) You won’t know everything in the beginning–and that is ok. 5) In medical patients you will find out most of what you need to know from the history. 6) Sometimes the most important decision […]

The Story Behind the Picture

The Story Behind the Picture

By Dan Limmer There’s a shelf in my office where I keep copies of all the editions of all the books I’ve written. For me, each book carries memories—of the time when it was written, the curriculum that was in place at the time, and the advances in medicine that we were able to incorporate. […]

10 Things We Learned About the NREMT Exam from Bill Brown

10 Things We Learned About the NREMT Exam from Bill Brown

We’ve worked with Bill Brown, the former Executive Director of the NREMT, on both our EMT PASS and AEMT PASS apps. His knowledge and experience with the NREMT exam have been invaluable to us as a test prep company.  While working with Bill, we had quite a bit of time not only to chat with […]

The 20–60–20 Rule

The 20–60–20 Rule

By Dan Limmer There are a lot of statistical rules like the Pareto principle (the 80/20 rule). I’ve been teaching and observing EMS classes for more than 35 years, and I’ve decided there’s a 20–60–20 rule for the average EMS licensure program. Here’s the rule: 20% of the people in any given class will pass […]

Bleeding Control

Bleeding Control

Yesterday’s post on our EMT Review Facebook page was one of our favorites because of the discussion that ensued—thank you to everyone who participated. If you didn’t see it, here’s the question posted: You are treating an injury to the knee as a result of a motorcycle collision. There is severe hemorrhage from the… Posted by […]