Instructor Course Guide Emergency Medical Technician: Basic Refresher
In 1994 the U.S. Department of Transportation’s, National Highway Traffic SafetyAdministration completed an extensive revision of the national standard EMT-Basic Curriculum. The curriculum received national EMS community andphysician review and input during development and resulted in additional skillsand knowledge being available to Emergency Medical Technicians. Thecurriculum was widely accepted and implementation was scheduled throughoutthe country.In 1995 the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians funded anational project to develop a transition program for currently certified andlicensed EMT-Basics that were educated based upon the 1984 USDOT EMT-Ambulance Curriculum. A committee comprised of the National Council of StateEMS Training Coordinators, the National Association of State EMS Directors, theNational Association of EMS Physicians, the American College of EmergencyPhysicians and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians,approved and disseminated a transition program. The programs goal was tobring all EMT-Basics within the nation to the same level of competency over thenew skills and knowledge presented in the 1994 USDOT EMT-Basic Curriculum.In 1995 the National Registry of EMTs was asked by the National Council ofState EMS Training Coordinators and the National Association of State EMSDirectors to expand the role of the transition program, fund and develop anational standard EMT-Basic education program based upon the content of the1994 EMT-Basic Curriculum. The independent transition committee acceptedthe responsibility to develop, review and seek input on a refresher curriculum.The US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic SafetyAdministration, in a true public/private partnership agreement, agreed to acceptand publish this refresher curriculum after consensus was achieved by thecommittee and the states.
The EMT is responsible for a wide range of knowledge and skills which includesmaterial originally learned, as well as new information resulting from the constantgrowth and evolution of the field of emergency medical care. In order tomaintain up-to-date proficiency, an EMT must regularly participate in educationalprograms which review the essential components of the national standardcurriculum (NSC) as well as those which provide exposure to new knowledgeand skills resulting from advances in emergency medical care.This document is a course guide for the basic EMT refresher training program. Itwill provide information which will help program administrators and instructors