Standard Historical Last Updated: Sep 23, 2013
ASTM F1285-90(2008)

Standard Guide for Training the Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) to Perform Patient Examination Techniques

Significance and Use

This guide establishes the minimum national standard for training the emergency medical technician (basic) to perform patient examination techniques on patients of all ages.

This guide shall be used by those who wish to identify the minimum training standard for the emergency medical technician (basic) as it relates to the performance of patient examination techniques.

This guide shall be used as the basis to revise Practice F 1031.

Every person who is identified as an emergency medical technician (basic) shall have been trained in accordance with this guide.

This guide does not stand alone and must be used in conjunction with the applicable documents cited in Section 2.


1.1 This guide covers the minimum patient examination techniques that the emergency medical technician (basic) shall be trained to use when assessing ill or injured patients of all ages.

1.2 This guide is one of a series which together describe the minimum training standard for the emergency medical technician (basic).

1.3 This standard does not purport to address the safety concerns associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

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Book of Standards Volume: 13.02
Developed by Subcommittee: F30.02
Pages: 2
DOI: 10.1520/F1285-90R08
ICS Code: 11.160