EMTs and paramedics are a natural solution to the many accidents and problems people face on a daily basis. The average age of death would be much lower without the help of those who provide advanced life support. Every community is in dire need of these professionals and should be quite thankful for their support (even if we personally never need their assistance, somebody does). But what exactly does a paramedic or an EMT do that is so helpful? Why are we in such a desperate need for this career field? Let's go ahead and answer these questions.
PARAMEDIC JOB DESCRIPTION
The central role of a paramedic is to provide advanced life support (pre-hospital) while in transit to the nearest permanent-care facility (whether that be a hospital, hospice, or nursing home). Some daily activities of a paramedic include (but are not necessarily limited to):
- Provide IV support
- Calculate correct dosages of medicine
- Administer oral medication
- Take blood pressure
- Possess knowledge of poisons and antidotes
- Heavy pulling and lifting
- Interpret EKGs
This is just a small sampling of what a paramedic may be required to deal with on a daily basis. The knowledge and expertise that a paramedic must possess is highly valuable and necessary. There are so many situations that you will need to be able to handle that it is quite mandatory to obtain the best training and experience you can receive. And with the amount of stress and physical requirements, you'll need to be in top physical, emotional, and mental condition.
This leads us to what may be considered secondary to the education, training, and experience, but I would hold it as the primary obligations for any paramedic. Before you consider becoming a paramedic, be sure to possess these characteristics or qualities and you'll be quite successful.
1. Physical Health
You'll want to be in the best physical health that you can be to handle the pulling, lifting, and carrying of heavier individuals, equipment, and the speed of the job. This position requires a lot of physical speed and stamina in the face of accidents and other disasters that may happen at any given moment. If you are not ready, you will not be able help others.
2. Mental Health
To possess a healthy mind will allow you to measure dosages correctly, quickly handle common sense issues, and resond much quicker than if you could not think properly. This is a necessity since this profession requires constant mental exertion.
3. Emotional Health
When you respond to an accident and spot a small child or an elderly person die, you'll need to be able to go home and be able to distance yourself from the whole situation. You do not want to take your job home with you. And you don't want to let the horrible scenarios take hold of you and create some sort of Post Traumatic Stress that will hinder your future in this field. This is a serious aspect to deal with. You will desperately need to be able to handle these high-stress and emotionally traumatic experiences you will face. Learn how to do that now before it's too late.
This is only a sampling of what a paramedic does, sees, and should be while doing this job. There are many other resources for a paramedic, but be sure you can be the best paramedic you can be with this information. Be ready to handle stressful conditions and get the best training possible. These are key to being successful in the professional career. Good luck to you in your future!