Being the Best

EMTThere are two different types of people working on an ambulance. One is an emergency medical technician referred to as an EMT who is required to take a rigorous physical and mental training course. These EMT’s are required to re-take the course every two years to be able to continue working on an ambulance.

Higher categories of ambulance personal are the people who train to become paramedics. These people decide to make this type of work their career. A paramedic is a person who takes the EMT training and decides they want further training to be able to administer medication, start intravenous medication, provide advanced respiratory care, be trained in obstetrics, and assess every patient in all advanced medical situations.

Any decision no matter small or large is the paramedic’s responsibility to make sure everyone is doing their job. Every paramedic is trained physically and mentally in a higher area of medical care, and they must be able to think quickly on their feet, remain patient and calm because all of the decisions a paramedic makes means the difference of saving or losing a life.

Before starting a two-year paramedic program they have to pass college level biology, math, anatomy, physiology, English, life support, obstetrics, and trauma. Besides taking the college classes, they are also required to work in different areas of hospitals such as the emergency rooms, intensive care units, and surgical floors.

EMS

After an emergency medical technician or paramedic has finished with an emergency run their job is far from over. The ambulance gas tank should be filled up completely. The lights, windows and the outside should be cleaned of all debris, and all of the mechanical devices in and on the ambulance should be in good working order. All of the medical equipment such as the oxygen supply should be replenished, all medications should be stocked up from the hospital pharmacy, and all reports completed after each run. Keys should be placed in the appropriate area. Having the ambulance and medical supplies ready for the next emergency run saves valuable time, and shows respect and courtesy to others working on the ambulance.