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Please read each question and select your answer from the choices provided. You must complete all of the questions in order to view your results. At the end of each exam, you have the option to e-mail your results to your instructor.


1:  You are working on a night shift on an ambulance and arrive on the scene of an assault at a residence. The house is dark and the front screen door has been knocked off its hinges. No law enforcement is on scene yet and the street is quiet. Which of the following is your best course of action?
A: Get out of the ambulance and approach the house, calling out, "EMS—we're here to help."
B: Park your ambulance several houses away and wait for the police.
C: Take your equipment and quietly head up to the house.
D: Pull the ambulance onto the front lawn to get it as close as possible to use for shelter.

2:  As you approach the scene of a motor vehicle crash, you observe that the vehicle appears to have struck a telephone pole on a rural road at high speed. The windshield is cracked near the driver's seat and the hood has been bent up significantly. You have observed the:
A: nature of illness.
B: scene safety.
C: mechanism of injury.
D: history of the accident.

3:  The general impression of the patient should be formed:
A: after the vital signs are taken.
B: during the SAMPLE history.
C: while observing the patient during your approach and initial conversation.
D: based on the dispatch information.

4:  During your initial assessment, you observe that the patient can only answer questions in two- to three-word sentences. Based on this finding, you should:
A: apply a pulse oximeter to see if he is having trouble breathing.
B: place him in a supine position and begin to give them artificial respirations.
C: give him oxygen at 6 L/min by nasal cannula.
D: give him oxygen at 15 L/min by nonrebreathing mask.

5:  Your decision regarding whether the patient is high priority should be made at which step in the assessment?
A: When receiving dispatch information
B: After the initial assessment is performed
C: After vital signs are taken
D: After the focused physical exam is performed

6:  Abnormal skin characteristics such as paleness, coolness, or moistness may indicate:
A: hypoperfusion.
B: hypertension.
C: jaundice.
D: coagulation

7:  The T in "DCAP-BTLS" stands for:
A: tingling.
B: tenderness.
C: tightness.
D: turgor.

8:  During your assessment of the patient's breath sounds, you should:
A: tap the chest wall to hear an echo.
B: auscultate the chest the ventral wall.
C: auscultate the chest from the dorsal wall.
D: ask them to exhale forcefully so you can listen.

9:  During your focused physical exam, you find that the patient has good pulse in his feet, but has trouble moving them or feeling your touch. You should:
A: ask the patient if he can take a few steps, while you hold his arm.
B: bend his knees to see if the sensation improves.
C: place the patient on oxygen.
D: ensure that proper spinal immobilization steps have been taken.

10:  Following your detailed physical exam for an unstable medical patient, you should begin transport, then:
A: repeat the initial assessment and vital signs every 15 minutes.
B: remove the oxygen to get an accurate reading for pulse oximetry.
C: wait until you are arriving at the hospital to reassess.
D: repeat the initial assessment and vital signs at least every 5 minutes.

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