Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People's lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these workers. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency and non-emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics typically complete a post secondary educational program. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state.
Emergency medical technicians work as a team and conduct basic, emergency interventions to help save lives and reduce harm at emergency scene. Using an ambulance and stretcher, with a partner, EMT's also transport non-emergent patients from hospitals to long term care centers and home. Some of the skills EMT's perform include: Performing CPR, using an AED, oxygen & glucose administration, extricate patients and prepare them for transport, help people who are having asthma attacks, allergic reactions or drug overdoses by administering life saving medications such as Epinephrine & Narcan.