How Good Is Your Basic Medical Knowledge?

How Good Is Your Basic Medical Knowledge?
The gold standard in medical training for someone who doesn’t work as a medical professional is the first responder certification. This training focuses on a process for evaluating patients and critical life-saving care skills which are easy to use even if you haven’t practiced them for a year. If someone is seriously injured near you, first responder training will enable you to provide them with the best possible care with the resources at hand, whether that’s literally nothing, a pocket first aid kit you carry with you, or a larger kit available nearby.

If you’re thinking about providing care during a protest, in a situation of civil unrest, or when it might otherwise be difficult for professional EMS to reach you because they’re overwhelmed or access is limited, you want a wilderness class. The word “wilderness” is a little confusing — it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re up a mountain, deep in the woods, or stranded in the desert. It refers to providing medical care in any austere environment: one in which your resources may be limited, and professional EMS isn’t immediately available to transport a patient to a well-equipped hospital. From a medical perspective, the middle of a city can become the wilderness during a protest or natural disaster. It’s not about how much nature there is around, but your access to ambulances and hospitals.

But first test your basic medical knowledge by identifying these common medical terms used in your family doctor's office.


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