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What Do Paramedics and EMT's Do?

EMTs and paramedics are one of the first on the scene in any accident or other incident where a person is injured. EMTs not only provide immediate emergency medical treatment, but more specialized care can be provided by EMTs with extra training. All of this care is usually performed while transporting the patient to the hospital.

Once an EMT arrives at the scene of an incident, their primary focus is to determine the injured persons condition and medical history. They then provide medical care based on pre-established protocols or procedures. When possible, emergency medical personnel provide care at the patient's home or at the scene without taking them to the hospital. However, when more serious medical attention is required, EMTs or paramedics are given further directions over the radio while en route to the hospital.

EMTs and paramedics usually work in teams, one drives the ambulance while the other takes care of the patient, who has been placed on a stretcher and secured to the ambulance. In some situations EMTs and paramedics will request a helicopter to transport the patient to the hospital.

Once they transport their patient to the hospital, emergency medical personnel report what care they have provided, as well as information regarding the patient's condition and injuries. They then prepare their vehicle for the next call by restocking their supplies and cleaning the inside of the ambulance.

Types of EMTs

There are several levels of EMTs and paramedics that determine the level of care they may provide. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) designates the following levels:

o EMT-Basic
o EMT-Intermediate
o EMT-Paramedic

EMT-Basics, are trained in basic cardiac, respiratory, and trauma emergency care. They provide care for the patient en route to the hospital.

EMT-Intermediates have additional training that allows them to use defibrillators to restart a heart that has stopped, give IV fluids intravenously, and clear the airway using advanced techniques and equipment.

EMT-Paramedics perform all of the procedures the lower levels can as well as give oral or intravenous drugs, read EKGs, endotracheal intubations, and use a variety of more advanced equipment.

Emergency medical care is required 24 hours a day and is in high demand, so choosing a career as an EMT means job security.

How Do You Become An Emergency Medical Technician?

Formal training and certification is needed to begin a career as an Emergency Medical Technician. All 50 states have a certification procedure. EMT Training programs are available at many colleges across the country, and training typically takes about two years. Basic coursework typically emphasizes emergency skills such as managing respiratory trauma and cardiac emergency and patient assessment. Formal courses are often combined with time in an emergency room or ambulance. Programs often also provide for instruction and practice dealing with bleeding, fractures, airway obstruction, cardiac arrest, and emergency childbirth. Students learn how to use and maintain common emergency equipment such as backboards, suction devices, splints, oxygen delivery systems, and stretchers. Once you are certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, you must also meet continuing education requirements.

If you want an exciting career saving lives, becoming an Emergency Medical Technician is the job for you!

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