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What is a Paramedic

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Our paramedics provide emergency patient care and transportation of patients. They are also certified by a physician to perform the following 5 procedures:

  • Operate a defibrillator
  • Administer medications
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Perform cardiac ECG's, and much more.

Paramedics perform some or all of the following 8 duties:

  1. Assess extent of injuries or illness of trauma victims, patients with respiratory disease and stress, overdose and poisoning victims, industrial accident victims and other ill or injured individuals to determine emergency medical treatment.
  2. Communicate with ambulance dispatch centres, base hospital staff, police, fire, and family members to ensure relevant information is collected and proper treatment is administered
  3. Administer pre-hospital emergency care, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), oxygen, bandaging and splinting to patients.
  4. Establish and maintain intravenous treatment (IV), apply equipment for ventilation and circulation complications, administer medications and provide other emergency treatment to patients.
  5. Transport patients by air, land or water to hospital or other medical facility for further medical care.
  6. Document and record nature of injuries and treatment provided.
  7. Assist hospital staff with providing medical treatment, if necessary.
  8. Maintain ambulances, emergency care equipment and supplies.

The hours of work can vary due to the need to provide emergency services on a 24-hour basis. Paramedics work both indoors and outdoors under a variety of weather conditions. The work can be physically and emotionally demanding when transporting patients, responding to emergencies or dealing with critically ill or injured individuals. Some risks are involved, such as exposure to diseases and illnesses, violence, and physical injury.