Equipment and Supply Statement
EMT Utah’s list equipment and supplies used in training exceeds the minimum requirements of BEMS and the NREMT. We cannot and are not required to provide every possible piece of equipment that one employed in the field may use. We prepare students to pass the credentialing exams and to prepare the student for a basic entry-level position. It is presumed quite accurately that our graduates when newly hired will continue their education through on-the-job training. Basic knowledge and basic skills are required in order to safely protect patients, students and faculty, but we are not responsible for anything more than a basic education process.
The equipment and supplies we maintain and use are reviewed each year by our Advisory Committee (a group of independent, unpaid EMS professionals that annually examine all aspects of the program from the curriculum to the supplies and equipment we use, to the quality of our faculty and staff) department directors, curriculum committees and our medical director. This is to ensure we are providing appropriate tools for a quality education.
Some supplies or equipment may be outdated (older versions than what is currently used in the field) or even expired. The use of expired supplies such as saline (salt and water), vacutainers, glucose strips etc.is safe and helps keep tuition low. Medical supplies are expensive and our efforts to safely use expired supplies is overseen and approved by our Medical Director. For example, using expired glucose strips may provide an unreliable reading, but the reading is not what is important. It is important to know how to use the glucose device and strips properly and how to read the results. Once non-expired strips are used in the field, the results will be accurate and the graduate will understand how to interpret that data.
Our goal is to provide as much access to supplies and equipment as we can, balancing these costs as we must pass these on to our students through tuition and fee costs, in order to support a quality education. Our annual review of the program including our equipment and supplies allows us the opportunity to re-evaluate what we have and use in the classroom. Students and faculty must not expect to see the kinds of equipment or supplies in the classroom or lab that is found in practice. We are always open to recommendations and requests. If you have a concern, please contact the Program Director at the school.