Certificate of Proficiency
Automobile accident injuries, heart attacks, near drownings, unscheduled childbirths, poisonings and gunshot wounds all demand urgent medical attention. Paramedics, also called EMTs (emergency medical technicians), give immediate care and often transport the sick or injured to medical facilities. Paramedics determine the nature and extent of a patient’s injuries or illness while also trying to determine whether the patient has epilepsy, diabetes or other pre-existing medical conditions.
Following strict guidelines, they give appropriate emergency care. They perform basic emergency skills to open airways, restore breathing, control bleeding, treat for shock, administer oxygen, immobilize fractures, bandage wounds, assist in childbirth, manage emotionally disturbed patients, treat and assist heart attack victims, give initial care to poison and burn victims and use automated external defibrillators to assist in the care of patients experiencing cardiac arrest. They may use manual defibrillators to give lifesaving shocks to a stopped heart or use advanced airway techniques and equipment to assist patient’s experiencing respiratory emergencies, as well as use other intensive care procedures.
Dawn Sgro, NREMT-P, EMSI
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