Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
EMS is a health care system designed to bring immediate on-scene care to those in need along with transport to a definitive medical care facility.
The YC EMS Program teaches EMT and Paramedic Level personnel.
What are the EMS career opportunities?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics is expected to grow by 19 percent through 2016, “faster than the average for all occupations.” Full-time, paid EMTs and paramedics will be needed to replace unpaid volunteers as it becomes increasingly difficult to recruit and retain unpaid volunteers. As members of the baby boom generation age, they are more likely to have medical emergencies, increasing need for EMTs and paramedics.
Job Description (just a few examples)
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.
- Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings.
- Operate equipment, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators, or bag valve mask resuscitators, in advanced life support environments.
- Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management, or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.
- Observe, record, and report to physician the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs or treatment.
- Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
- Drive mobile intensive care unit to specified location, following instructions from emergency medical dispatcher.
- Decontaminate ambulance interior following treatment of patient with infectious disease and report case to proper authorities.
- Administer drugs, orally or by injection, or perform intravenous procedures under a physician's direction.
- Immobilize patient for placement on stretcher and ambulance transport, using backboard or other spinal immobilization device.
- Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members or police or fire department personnel.
- Drive ambulances or assist ambulance drivers in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons.
- Remove and replace soiled linens or equipment to maintain sanitary conditions.
- Place patients on stretchers and load stretchers into ambulances, usually with assistance from other attendants.
- Accompany and assist emergency medical technicians on calls.
- Earn and maintain appropriate certifications.
- Replace supplies and disposable items on ambulances.
- Report facts concerning accidents or emergencies to hospital personnel or law enforcement officials.
- Administer first aid, such as bandaging, splinting, or administering oxygen.
- Restrain or shackle violent patients.