EMS Tips

What abbreviations are approved for EMTs?

A reader asked, “What abbreviations are approved for EMTs?”

1. Check to see if your organization has a list of approved abbreviations. If your organization doesn’t have a list of approved abbreviations now is a good time to start. An approved list helps documentation consistency and avoiding errors in patient care reports.

2. Look-up medical abbreviations. This website claims to have 20,000 medical abbreviations.

3. Google. When I need to quickly find out what an abbreviation or acronym means I turn to Google. Or as I like to say WDGS = what does Google say.

Does your school or agency have an approved list of abbreviations posted online? Share the link in the comments.


By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.