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Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 8:08 am

A day in the life of a paramedic

Are you thinking about becoming a paramedic or emergency medical technician, but are not quite sure what it entails? Do you want to get into the fire service but have questions about the medical side of the career? Here’s some information about what you can expect in this field.

According to the Princeton Review, paramedics and EMTs are often the first medical people at the scene of an accident or sudden illness; they give immediate care to heart attack victims, car crash victims, gunshot victims, and poisoning victims. They even assist in childbirth. The sick or injured are then transported to healthcare facilities in specially equipped emergency vehicles. On arrival at a medical center, the paramedics transfer the patient to nursing personnel and report their observations and treatment procedure to the attending physician. The guidelines or procedures followed by EMTs are directly related to their level of training.

The EMT-Paramedic is at the upper rung of a three-level hierarchy. Paramedics administer sophisticated prehospital care. They are trained in the use of complex medical equipment, such as EKGs, and are capable of administering drugs both orally and intravenously. EMT-Intermediates have more advanced training than EMT-Basics who bandage wounds, stabilize blood pressure, assist heart attack victims, and treat accident victims for shock. All three levels of EMTs can be talked through care procedures in the event they are confronted with a difficult or complicated situation. Thus EMTs may maintain radio contact with a dispatcher and keep him apprised of the situation. Should the need arise, senior medical personnel (physicians) will then take charge.

Read the full article here.

One Response to “A day in the life of a paramedic”

  1. after 20 years…. remember that no matter what, they are people. It may sound, look, or feel totally crazy that they called you…. but to them it is important. The other best advice besides “earning your spot” (street sense vs. school-text learning)…. AIRWAY AIRWAY AIRWAY.