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Online Chapter Pretests test your knowledge of the important concepts in each chapter.

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:  An examination of the geriatric patient's residence for steep stairs, missing handrails, adequate food, and the overall appearance of the home would fall under which aspect of the GEMS diamond?
A: G
B: E
C: M
D: S

2:  Examination of the airway, breathing, and circulation of a geriatric patient to form a general impression of distress and make a transport decision are important phases of the:
A: focused history and physical exam.
B: scene size-up.
C: ongoing assessment.
D: initial assessment.

3:  Of all the patients the EMT-B will care for, the geriatric patient is someone who should have a(n):
A: detailed physical exam.
B: do not resuscitate order.
C: rapid physical assessment.
D: APGAR assessment.

4:  The ongoing assessment is necessary with all geriatric patients because:
A: older patients are more forgetful of the results of assessments done more than 5 minutes apart.
B: older patients are less likely to provide meaningful information during the initial assessment.
C: older patients are unable to compensate for loss of blood and oxygenation.
D: older patients are more likely to be discovered to be a victim of abuse through frequent reassessments.

5:  Determining the chief complaint in the older medical patient is:
A: easier than in younger patients because they keep good personal medical files.
B: easier than in younger adults because they visit their family physician more often.
C: difficult, compared to younger patients, because they have a fear of being left at home.
D: difficult, compared to other patients, because their symptoms may be vague or atypical.

6:  Sudden unconsciousness in the older patient from standing too quickly, bearing down for a bowel movement, diabetic shock, or heart attack is called:
A: sepsis.
B: syncope.
C: stroke.
D: seizure.

7:  The symptoms of difficulty breathing, toothache or arm cramps, and syncope in the older patient often indicate:
A: cardiovascular disease.
B: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
C: cerebrovascular accident
D: chronic bowel obstruction.

8:  In the older patient with tachycardia, tachypnea, and hot, flushed skin, the EMT-B should suspect:
A: septicemia.
B: stroke.
C: diabetic shock.
D: heart attack.

9:  When placing an older patient with kyphosis onto a backboard, it is important to:
A: allow the patient to keep their knees bent.
B: use PASG to pad and immobilize the pelvis.
C: first secure the patient into a vest-type device.
D: pad the void behind the patient's head and neck.

10:  Before providing transport of an older patient from a skilled care facility or nursing home, the EMT-B should obtain:
A: several complete sets of vital signs.
B: the chief complaint and why the patient is admitted.
C: an official copy of the do not resuscitate order.
D: a complete copy of the patient's entire medical record.

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