Automobile accident injuries, heart attacks, near drowning, unscheduled childbirths, poisonings and gunshot wounds all demand urgent medical attention. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are often the first responders that assess a patient’s needs, give immediate care, and transport patients to medical facilities. Their job requires an extensive knowledge of emergency medicine as well as a calm demeanor and excellent driving skills.
As an EMT, you may perform emergency procedures including opening airways, restoring breathing, controlling bleeding, immobilizing fractures, treating shock, assisting in childbirth, managing emotionally disturbed patients, and using automated external defibrillators to assist in the care of patients experiencing cardiac arrest.
You can begin this exciting and rewarding career by becoming certified as an EMT in as little as one semester at Lorain County Community College. LCCC offers the EMT course, EMSB 101, every semester with both day and evening program offerings. Students who successfully complete EMSB 101 are eligible to take the National Registry of EMTs certification exam. Passing this exam is required in order to obtain certification as an EMT in the state of Ohio, as well as many other states.
Many EMTs continue their education by becoming certified as paramedics which allows them to increase the level of care provided to those in need.
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Dawn Sgro, BSE, NRP, FFII, EMSI, CHSE