What Does A Paramedic Do?

Paramedics are the highest classes of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in the United States. By “highest class” is meant that they are among the most extensively trained of all EMTs. They have undergone basic and advanced trainings for emergency medical technicians that enable them to evaluate a patient’s condition, deal with various emergencies promptly and administer the necessary medications for victims to stabilize their conditions before rushing them to the nearest hospital. They have undergone Advanced Life Support training program which equips them with the capability to save lives.

Paramedics need to be ready to respond to emergency situations anytime they are called. During these occasions, they call upon their training to rescue victims. They can expect to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to revive victims of drowning or conduct emergency respiratory procedures for those with blockages in their airways. For individuals suffering from heart attack and other cardiac emergencies, they may use electrocardiograms and other advanced equipment to track the condition of the patient’s heart even before the latter is brought to the hospital.

Car crashes are a common emergency that paramedics often respond to. When they arrive at the scene, they immediately assess the situation and determine how best patients should be treated. They can expect to stop bleeding and apply bandages to wounds. If there are injuries sustained in the head and neck or bones are broken in any part of the body, they make sure that these are stabilized before the victims are transported to the nearest healthcare facility. They also give medication and even administer IV fluids as needed.

Paramedics are also trained to help pregnant women deliver babies in emergency situations. They are also called to respond to fires, plane crashes and even in crime situations where there victims placed in life-and-death situations.

Paramedics lead an EMT team and acts as the team leader. They need to ensure that all members of the team keep their cool and perform their roles efficiently and quickly even under the most stressful situations. They will give directions to bystanders present at the scene so that they don’t obstruct the emergency responders from doing their jobs. When the patient is ready to be transported to the hospital, paramedics see to it that they are well-secured. They also report to the medical staff about the patient’s condition and the medications that were administered.

When not attending to emergencies, paramedics make reports and fill out forms about the emergency situations they have responded to. They also take the time to clean their ambulance and equipment and disinfect it especially if they have transported a patient with a contagious disease to the nearest health center. They also conduct an inventory of their ambulance to determine if they still have the medical supplies they need to respond adequately to the next emergency situation. If they don’t, they place orders for the lacking supplies.

Lifting patients and giving them clear instructions about what they should do—especially if they are conscious—are all part and parcel of the job. It’s also possible for them to not be able to save all the victims that they respond to so it’s important for all paramedics to be emotionally and mentally tough so they can handle the demands of the job without breaking down.

Career Spotlight: Paramedic

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