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EMT-B "E" Terms to Remember


Words and Defnitions

early respiratory distressRespiratory problems in which patient can compensate for decreased oxygenation or circulation by increasing breathing rate and effort
edemaAbnormal accumulation of fluid in the tissues causing swelling
emergency medical dispatchers (EMDS)Specially trained personnel who answer calls for help, gather essential information, and when indicated, provide prearrival instructions over the phone until EMS personnel arrive
emergency movesSpecific extrication or lifting and moving techniques used when immediate danger threatens the EMT or the patient
EMT-Basic (EMT-B)Personnel trained in prehospital techniques including assessment and primary care for the ill or injured patient
EMT-Intermediate (EMT-I)An advanced EMT trained in intravenous lines, airway techniques, manual defibrillation and administration of some medications
endocrine systemCollection of ductless glands that internally secrete hormones into the blood stream
endotrachael intubationAdvanced airway techniques involving insertion of a tube through the mouth and into the trachea; also orotracheal intubation
epidermisOutermost layer of skin
epiglottisA leaf-shaped, lid-like structure attached to the top of the larynx; closes during swallowing, preventing food or liquid from entering the respiratory tract
epinephrineHormone secreted in response to stress; causes tachycardia and vasoconstriction; used as an injected medication to relieve severe allergic reactions
epistaxisHemorrhage from the nose; a nosebleed
esophagusPart of the gastrointestinal tract that joins the pharynx to the stomach
evaporationThe process of converting a liquid to a gas in which heat is lost
eviscerationAbdominal rogans (viscera) protruding through an open wound
expirationExpelling air from the lungs (exhalation)
expressed consentPermission for treatment from a patient who is of legal age and is able to make rational decisions; expressed consent is given after the patient is informed of procedures involved in a treatment in a language he or she understands

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