At the time of medical emergencies such as accidents or natural disasters, paramedics are the first people to respond and reach the site to care for and save the injured.
They provide emergency medical assistance and are responsible for safely transporting the patients to an established medical center. They are highly trained individuals who possess ample knowledge and skill in health and safety training to handle emergencies and provide advanced life support to patients in need. As in emergency situations, people’s lives are often at stake, a paramedic must be competent in providing immediate and adequate medical care to the patients and transfer them safely to the healthcare facility for further necessary treatment. Keeping them alive from the site of injury to a hospital is very important.
EMTs or Emergency Medical Technicians are often confused with paramedics due to the similarities in their duties and roles in providing emergency medical care. However, a paramedic is more advanced in terms of qualification and training than an EMT. Though usually both these terms are used simultaneously to denote persons involved in handling emergency medical situations, paramedics are more equipped in giving intravenous shots or advanced airway management while basic EMTs are only involved in giving glucose, oxygen and other basic medical necessities. Though EMT certification also consists of levels from basic to intermediate and is quite extensive focusing on emergency dealings, the qualification and responsibilities of a paramedic are much more advanced and equipped to deal with life threatening situations.
Job responsibilities of a paramedic:
- Monitor the vital signs and assess the patient’s condition to provide necessary medical assistance and information.
- Transport patients with utmost care and safety as soon as possible to the hospital so that the doctors can work on them.
- Dispense certain medications or perform medical procedures to save or stabilize a life.
- Use complex equipments like electrocardiograms to monitor heart functioning and handle cardiac emergencies by performing cardiac procedures like electrical therapy, defibrillation etc.
- Make difficult medical decisions in cases of life threatening conditions.
- Prepare a detailed medical report of the patient mentioning the observations of the medical condition as well as treatment or medical care provided.
- In case the patient is suffering from a contagious disease, mention the same in the report for the physician’s reference and decontaminate the ambulance properly while transporting the patient.
- Get all the used medical supplies or equipment replaced and cleaned.
Becoming a paramedic:
If you are compassionate and caring enough to help people in need and be a medium to save their lives, becoming a paramedic could be your career choice. However, being a paramedic is a difficult and rigorous task as it involves an extensive two year degree qualification as well as trainings at hospitals, fire departments, the military or ambulances. After completion of the course, you will be required to clear the state licensing examination and get certified by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians to be able to work in this rewarding but challenging field of medicine.
If you are driven by the desire to help others and to save lives, this could be something for you to look into. Get in contact with Strat Training for the various courses that we offer and take your next step towards becoming a paramedic.