Paramedic Training Help
As we have said numerous times on this website it is not exactly correct to talk about paramedic courses simply because the only organized classes, the ones that are being referenced by anyone talking about the 16 to 24 months course, will only provide you with an emergency medical technician or EMT degree. And in layman terms a paramedic is indeed just a person working on an ambulance which is basically what an EMT certification will allow you to do. However a paramedic is much more than just a technician working on an ambulance, he needs to be both a leader for the crew on the ambulance, an administrator, an excellent medical technician and more. And it is this aspect of a medical technician and more that separates the EMTs from the paramedics and why there is more to the paramedic courses than the 2 year EMT training.
And as much as the paramedic courses themselves are concerned the basic EMT training does go through them all very diligently, however there are grave differences in the quality of information and the depths of knowledge they will take you. So while the EMT training on airway management will allow you to assess, manual reposition, oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airway adjunct, manual remove obstructions and suction, the real paramedic course will move you deeper into such techniques as rapid sequence induction, surgical airway procedures including needle cricothyrotomy and surgical cricothyrotomy. So it should be obvious to you just from this first important course to paramedics that the EMT training is just the first stepping stone and then the additional paramedic course, coupled with the experience gathered working on the ambulance are what makes a senior paramedic.
So let’s continue with the paramedic courses and see the other great differences between an EMT training and the knowledge that is required for a real paramedic position. And the EMT breathing courses will get you familiar with such concept and techniques as obstructed airway maneuver, passive oxygen administration by nasal cannula, rebreathing and non-rebreathing mask, active oxygen administration by bag valve mask and assessments techniques that take into account the rate of breathing, the effort made to breathe and even what the skin color tells you about breathing. However after a suitable testing period further courses can be explored to allow a senior paramedic the use of mechanical transport ventilators, active oxygen administration by surgical airway and decompression of chest cavity using needle or valve device making that real paramedic courses the gateway to a real cool aspects of this profession.
And, speaking about the cool vs lame aspects of the paralegal courses while the EMT circulation training will only give you the ability to assess the state of the circulation, the blood pressure and skin color which will allow you to position the patient to enhance the circulation and to stop hemorrhages by applying tourniquets the paramedic course that you can go on after you’ve had the chance to practice these basic EMT techniques will allow you to do some even more extraordinary techniques. So a senior paramedic, after a lot of training will be allowed to employ intravenous plasma volume expanders, blood transfusion, intraosseous (IO) cannulation (placement of needle into marrow space of a large bone) and central venous access which are subjects treated only in the post EMT training paramedic courses.
And even when it comes to the most dangerous accident that paramedics see most often the paramedic courses allow a senior paramedic to do much more for his patients that the EMT training can teach. We are talking of course, about cardiac arrest situations where an EMT is only trained to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation, airway management, manual ventilation and use an automatic external defibrillator while the paramedic course that ensue will allow you to also use various drugs, use a manual defibrillator and external pacing of the heart.
And finally the advanced paramedic courses will allow you to use a significantly expanded drug list, in some jurisdictions advanced levels of paramedics are permitted to administer any drug, as long as they are familiar with it, and may have limited authority to prescribe them. On the other hand the EMTs only have access to very limited number of drugs that are Low-risk and immediate requirements, e.g., aspirin and nitroglycerin (chest pain), oral glucose and glucagon (diabetes), epinephrine (allergic reaction), salbutamol (asthma), sometimes naloxone (narcotic overdose). So even though the EMT is a very powerful position that will save a lot of lives if the point of the game is to be able to give every patient exactly what they need and when they need it, it would be much more important to actually go through the advanced paramedic courses and become a senior paramedic.