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Patient Assessment Practice Scenarios

Patient assessment may be the most challenging subject for EMS students to grasp, and there never seems to be enough time in the classroom for practice. Patient Assessment Practice Scenarios allows students to fine-tune their understanding of the patient assessment process. This BLS- and ALS-level text includes 150 EMS practice scenarios (75 trauma and 75 medical) that focus on the assessment process as dictated by the National Registry medical assessment and trauma assessment skill sheets.

Each case is a script of an emergency call. The student and proctor (who may or may not be an instructor) may read through the case for rote practice of the assessment process, or the student may verbally work through the assessment process, with cues from the book read by the proctor. Cases may also be used as homework, in the classroom, or for self-study!

This book is for BLS or ALS students who want to successfully learn patient assessment inside and out before actually working in the field, and any EMS provider who wants to refresh his or her assessment skills.

Features & Benefits

  • Allows students to "talk through" situations that they will face in the field and gain confidence in assessment.
  • Student and proctor responses are clearly indicated, for easy use. 
  • ALS information is clearly identified. 
  • Follows the National Registry skill sheets for patient assessment and management. 
  • Cases are based on real emergency calls, representing the types of calls EMS providers will most commonly handle in real life.


National Registry Patient Assessment Skill Sheets  
Trauma Cases (Cases 1-75)  
Medical Cases (Cases 76-150)  
Key of Cases  

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) provides education and practice management services for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals. The AAOS also serves as an advocate for improved patient care and informs the public about the science of orthopaedics. Founded at Northwestern University in 1933, the not-for-profit AAOS has grown from a small organization serving less than 500 members to the world's largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS now serves about 36,000 members internationally.

Additional Titles by this Author

Les Hawthorne, EMT-P

Les has been involved in EMS for over 22 years. For twenty of those years he has been a paramedic. He has served both as a volunteer and a career EMS provider. He has been certified as an EMT, an EMT-I, and as a paramedic. He has functioned as an EMS provider, supervisor, shift commander, operations manager, and as a coordinator with fire and EMS response agencies. He has also served as a lead EMS instructor and as an EMS coordinator of a college paramedic program. He has had a part in the training or continuing education of hundreds of paramedics and thousands of first responders and emergency medical technicians. He has experience in the fire service, emergency communications, hazardous materials, specialized rescue, and in law enforcement in addition to EMS. He has served as a chaplain for multiple public safety agencies and associations.

Les is currently an instructional designer with the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute Headquarters (MFRI) of the University of Maryland where he creates training programs for the seven hundred fire service instructors and one hundred and eighty-five EMS instructors in the system. He is the chair of the EMS text committee and serves on the ATRA certification committee as well as having responsibilities with the IFSAC and Pro Board accreditation for the state of Maryland. He serves on the review panel for twelve fire and EMS textbooks.