Paramedics demonstrate competency in trauma and medical situations and possess the knowledge and the necessary skills to provide lifesaving interventions in a pre-hospital setting. Administer emergency care and treatment and determine the nature and extent of illness or injury and establishes priority for required emergency care.
Paramedics provide advanced medical care to patients. Complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics may need to assist and give direction to additional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Responders at the scene and/or during transport.
Paramedics, based on their assessment, will provide emergency care to adults, infants and children, medical and trauma patients. Determine the appropriate facility that patients should be transported to based on their knowledge of the condition of the patients and the extent of their injuries unless otherwise indicated by medical direction.
Constantly assess the patient while in route to the emergency facility, administers additional care as indicated or given by medical direction. Paramedics may use equipment included in the medical transport environments. Observe, record, and report to physician the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs or treatment at the emergency scene and in transit to the receiving facility staff for purposes of records and diagnostics.
Paramedics will demonstrate good communication with the receiving facility to get medical direction and to provide patient's status and other critical information. Complete extensive written documentation on patient condition and treatment provided, as well as understand all applicable legal, moral and ethical issues surrounding the emergency medical service. Paramedics maintain communication with the patient and the family, comforts and reassures patients and be able to demonstrate concern and courtesy while maintaining confidentiality of the patient's information. Assist with patient care in the receiving facility; lifting and moving patients as required.
Physical activities include but not limited to will require considerable use of arms and legs and moving of whole body; such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping and handling materials. Attend training classes to maintain national certification, state licensure, and keep abreast of new developments in the field, or maintain existing knowledge. Depending on location of position, work hours will vary depending on patient needs. This may include overtime, call, backup call, nights, days, weekends, and holidays.
Treats traumatic injuries using established methods and treatments. Contributes to the establishment of good coaching practices. Manages multiple patients and directly responds to all questions. Assists in documentation of medical histories, symptoms, and vital signs for assigned patients. Monitors complex or unforeseen dependencies and responds accordingly. Personally demonstrates a high level of listening skills whenever appropriate. Masters new ideas with minimal oversight. Interprets vital signs and test results in order to make a diagnosis and craft a treatment plan. Administers appropriate first aid and follows emergency procedures. Uses varying problem-solving approaches and techniques as appropriate. Communicates effectively with diverse audiences, using appropriate media and language.
-High school diploma or equivalent required; Associates Degree in Paramedic Technology or Paramedicine preferred. Completion of an accredited Paramedic Training Program required for licensing.
-Must have a thorough knowledge of paramedic principles, practices and techniques, knowledge of how various equipment such as a monitor or defibrillator work and how to troubleshoot problems that may arise.
-Hold national registry status at a Paramedic level.
-Depending on state requirements, individuals may need to have a state license. Additional licensures as required depending upon state; Paramedic (PAR) Certification, National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) Incident Command System
-(ICS)100, 200, and 700 completed and continued education hour's as mandated by accreditation.
-Current Basic Life Support (BLS), Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) or equivalent, advanced version for paramedics, International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) preferred depending on location.
-Additional training provided/workshops and staff meetings are to be attended as per policy.
-Must possess a valid Driver's License and have a good driving record.