Paramedics provide patients that have been involved in accidents, emergencies or other crises with specialist care and treatment.
You will need to assess a patient’s condition and provide essential treatment which could include:
- resuscitating and stabilising patients;
- using high-tech equipment e.g. defibrillator;
- applying spinal and traction splints;
- administering intravenous drips, drugs and oxygen.
Emergencies can cover injuries, sudden illness, and casualties arising from road and rail accidents, criminal violence, fires and other incidents.
You’ll typically work in a two-person ambulance crew alongside an ambulance technician or emergency care assistant. It’s also possible to work alone, using an emergency response car, motorbike or bicycle to get to a patient.
- driving and staffing ambulances and other emergency vehicles
- responding to emergency 999 calls
- assessing patients, providing emergency treatment and making diagnoses
- monitoring and administering medication, pain relief and intravenous infusions
- dressing wounds/injuries
- using specialist equipment including ventilators and defibrillators
- reading ECG
- transporting patients to hospital and continuing to provide treatment while in transit
- providing hospital staff with patient information including condition and treatment
- helping provide patient care in hospitals and other medical facilities
- communicating effectively with patients and their relatives/friends
- teaching and training members of the public to use first aid techniques correctly
To become a paramedic you will need to either take a job as a student paramedic with an ambulance service trust or study for an approved paramedic science course.
- a caring attitude and outgoing, helpful personality;
- a responsible and highly motivated approach to the work;
- good interpersonal skills for dealing with patients, their friends and family, and members of the public;
- strong team work skills to work alongside other crew and hospital staff;
- oral and written communication skills for reporting conditions;
- excellent driving skills;
- initiative and decision making capability in pressured situations;
- a calm and reassuring approach;
- good general fitness to cope with lifting patients and equipment;
- the ability to relate to people from a range of socio-economic backgrounds, races, religions and cultures.