Emergency Medical Technicians

Also called: Ambulance Driver, Dispatcher, Emergency Department Technician (ED Technician), Emergency Medical Driver, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

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Emergency medical technicians assess injuries and illnesses and administer basic emergency medical care. May transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

  • Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings.
  • Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
  • Attend training classes to maintain certification licensure, keep abreast of new developments in the field, or maintain existing knowledge.
  • Comfort and reassure patients.
  • Communicate with dispatchers or treatment center personnel to provide information about situation, to arrange reception of victims, or to receive instructions for further treatment.
  • Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members or police or fire department personnel.
  • Decontaminate ambulance interior following treatment of patient with infectious disease and report case to proper authorities.
  • Drive mobile intensive care unit to specified location, following instructions from emergency medical dispatcher.
  • Immobilize patient for placement on stretcher and ambulance transport, using backboard or other spinal immobilization device.
  • Maintain vehicles and medical and communication equipment and replenish first aid equipment and supplies.
  • Observe, record, and report to physician the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs or treatment.
  • Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management, or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Treat medical emergencies.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Interact with patients to build rapport or provide emotional support.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
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Technology

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