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From guarding to burns: A trauma quiz for EMTs

Put your trauma care knowledge to the test on trauma terminology and assessment

From recognizing the subtle cues of guarding in a patient attempting to protect a pain site, to understanding the implications of tenderness upon palpation, assessing trauma patients requires recalling information and applying it with context.

This quiz, covering the distinction between terms like deformity, paradoxical movement and long bones, to burn severity, the mechanics of flexion, the impact of paralysis and the significance of assessing distal pulses, will help you determine if you’re ready for your next trauma call.

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