Assesses injuries, administers emergency medical care, and extricates trapped individuals. Transports injured or sick persons to medical facilities.
This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Emergency and Fire Management Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Administers first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings.
- Operates equipment, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators, or bag valve mask resuscitators, in advanced life support environments.
- Performs emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management, or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.
- Observes, records, and reports to physician the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs or treatment.
- Assesses nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
- Drives mobile intensive care unit to specified location, following instructions from emergency medical dispatcher.
- Decontaminates ambulance interior following treatment of patient with infectious disease and reports case to proper authorities.
- Administers drugs, orally or by injection, or performs intravenous procedures under a physician's direction.
- Coordinates work with other emergency medical team members or police or fire department personnel.
- Immobilizes patient for placement on stretcher and ambulance transport, using backboard or other spinal immobilization device.
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