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How can I become a paramedic?

How can I become a paramedic?

Community College: Becoming a paramedic takes between 1-2 years depending on the program. Most community colleges have paramedic training programs and your local ambulance provider most likely will be able to provide a list of colleges or training centers in your area that offer paramedic training. Keep in mind states may require you to have an emt desertification prior to the start of paramedic training. ...Read more

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How would I become a paramedic?

Paramedic: Emt/ paramedic are health care professionals who respond to emergency situations outside of the hospital. They are the first responders. There are hospital based and online courses available. Enquire around your area hospitals or the local emt service, they should be able to guide you to the right place. There are at least three levels of certification each of them with different skill levels. ...Read more

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What is the process to become a paramedic?

What is the process to become a paramedic?

EMT First: Become an emt first and get a job to gain experience and see if this truly is your calling. Then attend a 1-2 year paramedic training program. Its a great career. I was a paramedic for 16 years before becoming a doctor. Its a great start in medicine. ...Read more

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What are the requirments to become a paramedic?

Paramedic: Emt/ paramedic are health care professionals who respond to emergency situations outside of the hospital. They are the first responders. There are hospital based and online courses available. Enquire around your area hospitals or the local emt service, they should be able to guide you to the right place. There are at least three levels of certification each of them with different skill levels. ...Read more

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I want to become a paramedic but not sure how to get started?

Paramedic: Emt/ paramedic are health care professionals who respond to emergency situations outside of the hospital. They are the first responders. There are hospital based and online courses available. Enquire around your area hospitals or the local emt service, they should be able to guide you to the right place. There are at least three levels of certification each of them with different skill levels. ...Read more

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Could a diabetic become a paramedic?

Yes: Hi. Yes, you can. I've been a type 1 diabetic for 40 years (got it in college), and went through medical school, graduate school, residency, & fellowship training with it. Reach for your goals! Good luck! You can do it! ...Read more

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If I am colorblind, does that mean I cannot become a paramedic?

If I am colorblind, does that mean I cannot become a paramedic?

Go for it.: There is nothing about color blindness that prevents you from participating in emergency care. Take it from a former flight paramedic turned physician. ...Read more

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Which immunizations do I need to become a paramedic?

Which immunizations do I need to become a paramedic?

Several: You should make sure you have an annual flu vaccine, the Hepatitis B Vaccine and tdap. Make sure you are up to date on your MMR and that you have immunity to varicella. You might consider the meningitis vaccine. ...Read more

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Which vaccinations do you need to become a paramedic?

Which vaccinations do you need to become a paramedic?

More is better!: You need your childhood series, may require an MMR booster, depending on time last dosed; if not had chickenpox or uncertain then that; a current tetanus (ideally with pertussis: tdap, from 6 months for the 3 shots. I encourage hepatitis a and pneumonia + annual flu shots also. ...Read more

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Can you still become a paramedic if you had TB in the past?

Can you still become a paramedic if you had TB in the past?

Latent TB: I don't know if you would be required to have the latent TB infection treated or not. Treatments include: isoniazid, rifapentine, Rifampin or combinations. The big problem would be if you had TB disease. ...Read more

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In order to become a paramedic, do people undergo HIV testing?

In order to become a paramedic, do people undergo HIV testing?

In Canada?: Whether HIV testing is mandatory or voluntary depends on the policies of the training program. In the USA, these are the SUGGESTED guidelines suggested for healthcare workers. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/hiv/pdf/testing_factsheet_healthcare. Pdf Whether these apply at the training level, is another story. Check the program requirements. See what the consequence of "opting out" of HIV testing may be. ...Read more

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What do paramedics do?

What do paramedics do?

Paramedics: Emergency medical technicians take care of sick, victims of accidents, disaster victims and provide immediate care, stabilize the patient before transferring to nearby er. Paramedics are advanced emts, they are trained to read ekg, give oral and intravenous medications in addition to the other skills such as intubations, conducting cpr/ advanced acls. ...Read more

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What amount does a paramedic make a year?

Paramedic salary: US News and World Report listed the median annual salary for EMTs and paramedics was $31, 020 in 2012. The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made approximately $53, 550, while the lowest-earning 10 percent made approximately $20, 180. ...Read more

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When would a paramedic or emt use an ambu bag?

When would a paramedic or emt use an ambu bag?

Hypoxemia: Whenever oxygen saturation is low or prior to intubation, an ambu bag can used by the emt or paramedic. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between an emt and paramedic?

Paramedic: Emt/ paramedic are health care professionals who respond to emergency situations outside of the hospital. They are the first responders. There are hospital based and online courses available. Enquire around your area hospitals or the local emt service, they should be able to guide you to the right place. There are at least three levels of certification each of them with different skill levels. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an emt and a paramedic?

What is the difference between an emt and a paramedic?

Training time: An EMT receives about 120 hours of training as a Basic Life Support provider. A Paramedic receives 1400-1600 hours of training as an Advanced Life Support provider and has many more procedures and drugs in his/her repertoire to help the sick or injured in the field. ...Read more

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In an emergency, what must I do till paramedics arrive?

In an emergency, what must I do till paramedics arrive?

Start CPR/follow 911: It is important that you remain calm and get help. Usually once the emergency medical services have been activated stay on the line with the 911 operator. Usually they can walk you through things to do. Best thing to do is to take a bls course (basic life support) through the red cross/american heart assiciation in your community. With this skill set you may save a life one day. ...Read more

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What are the differences between an emt and a paramedic?

What are the differences between an emt and a paramedic?

Emergency Providers: Paramedics are the highest in the emergency medical technology ranks, due to their advanced skill set. ...Read more

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Will there be more demand for paramedics after health reform?

Will there be more demand for paramedics after health reform?

Demand for paramedic: I am not sure whether health care reform will have any impact, but in general paramedics are essential part of the community, and they are always will be in demand. ...Read more

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Emt vs paramedic: what is the big difference between the two?

Emt vs paramedic: what is the big difference between the two?

Level of Training: Both are very important members of and ems team, however the paramedic typically started off as an emt and got some experience and then went o to paramedic school. Although emts now defibrillate and start ivs, the use of medication and endotracheal intubation as well as advanced knowledge of physiology and diagnosis are what sets the paramedics apart. ...Read more

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What's the difference in training between an emt and a paramedic?

Paramedic: Emt/ paramedic are health care professionals who respond to emergency situations outside of the hospital. They are the first responders. There are hospital based and online courses available. Enquire around your area hospitals or the local emt service, they should be able to guide you to the right place. There are at least three levels of certification each of them with different skill levels. ...Read more

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Please tell me is an emergency medical technician different from a paramedic?

Please tell me is an emergency medical technician different from a paramedic?

Yes: An EMT is the first step after First Responder (about 40-60 hrs training) at around 120 hours of training. A Paramedic is the highest level of field EMS provider, requiring 1400-1600 hours to attain in most jurisdictions. EMTs are Basic Life Support providers, P's are Advanced Life Support Providers. ...Read more

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What to do if I have questions for emt/ems and paramedics, or anyone who has experience in this area (firefighters?

What to do if I have questions for emt/ems and paramedics, or anyone who has experience in this area (firefighters?

EMS: Not sure what particular questions you may have. If you are interested in the career, you could call up your local EMS service (using the non-emergency number of course) and see if you could participate in a 'ride along' program. The 'ride along' experience would offer you plenty of time to get answers to all of your EMS career questions. ...Read more

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Trying to design a medical alert bracelet. What can I put on there to have paramedics check medication interactions before administating anything? I have several potentially major (if not lethal) interactions with the meds I'm taking as well as several m

Trying to design a medical alert bracelet. What can I put on there to have paramedics check medication interactions before administating anything? I have several potentially major (if not lethal) interactions with the meds I'm taking as well as several m

See answer: You may want to indicate something like "Severe drug interactions: See wallet" and in your wallet list the medication you are on, the need to check for interactions before administering emergency medication, and any specific medication that you might be concerned about. ...Read more

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What are adrenaline shots by paramedics for?

What are adrenaline shots by paramedics for?

Life threat problem: Either a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or a critically low heart rate / blood pressure. Both are very serious situations that could result in the patient's death if not successfully and rapidly treated. ...Read more

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Would paramedics attach a defibrillator pads on someone found asystolic?

Would paramedics attach a defibrillator pads on someone found asystolic?

Likely yes: The pads can help determine the heart rhythm, functioning as diagnostic leads on most machines, so are quicker than waiting to get the 3 or 5 regular leads on. Pads are commonly applied to persons with unstable heart rhythms / palpitations / some with chest pains / unresponsive patients. ...Read more

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Are paramedics doctors?

No: They are medical professionals trained to deal with medical emergencies. ...Read more

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What is the difference between paramedic and doctors?

What is the difference between paramedic and doctors?

Training: A Paramedic has about 1600 hours of training, which is usually done as part of an Associates Degree. A physician (MD or DO) is a 4-year graduate degree, followed by 3 to 5 years of Residency training and possibly Fellowship training for 1 to 3 more years. Drs provide medical supervision and direction for Paramedics in the field. ...Read more

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How could a paramedic respond to a diabetic in an emergency?

How could a paramedic respond to a diabetic in an emergency?

Depends: Depends on the emergency. For hypoglycemic emergencies, paramedics can administer glycogen, given juice, etc. For hyperglycemic emergencies, intravenous fluids and insulin are the main therapies ...Read more

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