Paramedics perform medical services to patients and when necessary, transports them to hospitals or medical facilities for further evaluation and treatment.
How to become a Paramedic
A paramedic requires the prerequisites of a high school diploma or the equivalent and a certificate of completion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), in order to enter postsecondary education programs in emergency medical technical school and be licensed in the state of practice, according to each state's regulations. Paramedics often need an associate's degree in many states.
Job Description of a Paramedic
When an emergency call comes in from a 911 operator, a paramedic is sent to the scene to help the sick or injured person and, if necessary, transport them to a hospital. He or she may drive the ambulance or they may stay with the patient to monitor them and give emergency care.
Some paramedics work with a helicopter flight team and would transport a patient by air and give medical treatment in route, normally, caring for the serious or critically ill. They are skilled and qualified to asses a patient's condition and manage cardiac, respiratory and trauma situations.
They can give oral and intravenous medications, interpret electrocardiograms (EKG's) and operate complex medical equipment, such as, heart monitors. Some paramedics work on a volunteer basis, but paid paramedics normally work full-time hours, including nights, week-ends and holidays. This occupation is considered physically and mentally demanding.