This textbook serves as a free alternative to EMT-Basic course texts based on the National Standard Curriculum of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States. The main content of this text is arranged according to the modules and lessons outlined in the National Standard Curriculum.
All contributions to this wikibook should conform to the National Standard Curriculum which is available online 
- 1 Important Disclaimer
- 2 Table of Contents
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Table of Contents
Module 1: Preparatory
- Lesson 1.1: Introduction to Emergency Medical Services
- Lesson 1.2: Well-being of the EMT-Basic
- Lesson 1.3: Medical/Legal and Ethical Issues
- Lesson 1.4: The Human Body
- Lesson 1.5: Baseline Vital Signs and SAMPLE History
- Lesson 1.6: Lifting and Moving Patients
Module 2: Airway
Module 3: Patient Assessment
- Lesson 3.1: Scene Size Up
- Lesson 3.2: Initial Assessment
- Lesson 3.3: Focused History and Physical Exam - Trauma Patients
- Lesson 3.4: Focused History and Physical Exam - Medical Patients
- Lesson 3.5: Detailed Physical Exam
- Lesson 3.6: On-going Assessment
- Lesson 3.7: Communications
- Lesson 3.8: Documentation
Module 4: Medical/Behavioral Emergencies and OB/GYN
- Lesson 4.1: General Pharmacology
- Lesson 4.2: Respiratory Emergencies
- Lesson 4.3: Cardiovascular Emergencies
- Lesson 4.4: Diabetes/Altered Mental Status
- Lesson 4.5: Allergies
- Lesson 4.6: Poisoning/Overdose
- Lesson 4.7: Environmental Emergencies
- Lesson 4.8: Behavioral Emergencies
- Lesson 4.9: Obstetrics/Gynecology
Module 5: Trauma
- Lesson 5.1: Bleeding and Shock
- Lesson 5.2: Soft Tissue Injuries
- Lesson 5.3: Musculoskeletal Care
- Lesson 5.4: Injuries to the Head and Spine
Module 6: Infants and Children
Module 7: Operations
- Lesson 7.1: Ambulance Operations
- Lesson 7.2: Gaining Access
- Lesson 7.3: Special EMS Operations Overviews