Here are the study guides for the COG’s being implemented on February 4, 2015. You will find that they are very comprehensive. Here’s how you use them:

If you are an experienced System Provider I suggest that you open the COG’s and read through the Study Guide questions and that will give you the opportunity to glance over the material you feel comfortable and read over the stuff you’d like to look at again. It actually goes pretty swiftly that way.

If you are new to the System then I highly suggest that you actually go through all the questions and answer them fully. Yes, it will take a while but I guarantee that you will be very familiar with the document when you’re done.

As you’re studying, concentrate on the things that you won’t have time to look up in a hurry on a call. For example, you wouldn’t want to take a minute to look up what to do with a doctor who shows up on scene and wants to “help” or what to do with a DNR that isn’t complete or whether or not a person who might or might not be a minor can give consent, etc.. Of course there will be basic medical questions like how drugs you give work and under what circumstances you would use them. Procedures will also be on there (these are also things that you won’t have time to look up). Of course anything that’s “different” for our System, like Pit Crew and BIADs for EMT’s would obviously be good things to really know. Everything is fair game but we hit a lot of the basics.

Any questions? Please contact Chris Parker at chris.parker@austintexas.gov and she’ll get you answers.

SFR Study Guide 02042015

EMT-B Study Guide 02042015

EMT-Intermediate Study Guide 02042015

EMT-Paramedic Study Guide 02042015

You can locate the full COGs in PDF format here: www.austintexas.gov/omd. Look to the right under “Clinical Operating Guidelines” and you’ll find them there.

We are frequently asked if other agencies can use our COGs for their own – the answer to that is “sure, please just give us credit” and we hope you find them useful. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.