Paramedic

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    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.

     

    Duties

    • 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

     

    Qualifications

    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.

     

    Skills

    • 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.

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