In the Air Force:
Aerospace Medical Service; Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman; Aerospace Medical Service Helper, Allergy/Immunization Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Flight and Operational Medical Technician; Dental Assistant Apprentice; Emergency Services Physician; Fire Protection Journeyman; Health Services Management Craftsman, Health Information Technology; Pararescue Apprentice; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) Specialist
In the Army:
Cannon Crewmember; Combat Engineer; Emergency Nursing; Emergency Physician; Flight Surgeon; Intelligence Analyst; Military Police; Nurse Corps Officer; Practical Nursing Specialist; Special Forces Medical Sergeant
In the Navy:
Aerospace Medical Technician; Damage Controlman; Emergency/Trauma Nurse; Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance Independent Duty Corpsman; Hospital Corpsman; Medical Deep Sea Diving Technician; Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Special Operations Tactical Medic (SO-TM); Orthopedic Technician; Special Warfare Operator; Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman; Urology Technician
Ambulance sirens are a daily sound backdrop to city life; TV dramas and real-life news programs alike feature high-speed trips to rescue victims and speed them to life-saving medical care. Inside the ambulance, the on-site care providers are emergency medical technicians —known as EMTs— and paramedics. These professionals respond to 911 emergency calls, evaluate a patient’s needs, and perform needed medical services, such as administering CPR, stabilizing a trauma victim, or dressing a wound. Some paramedics serve on rescue crews based on helicopters or airplanes. Most paramedics and EMTs work for ambulance services, local government, and hospitals. Their work requires frequent kneeling, bending, and lifting to care for and move patients. EMTs and paramedics may be exposed to contagious diseases and dangerous situations, and may need to treat combative individuals who don’t want treatment. Their work schedules vary: volunteers are scheduled as needed, while most paid staff work full time in 12- or 24-hour shifts, including overnights and weekends. A formal educational program and licensure are required for this field, though states vary in what tasks they allow EMTs and paramedics to perform. Some states may require paramedics to have an associate’s degree, for example, to qualify to administer medications and use complex equipment, such as EKG monitors. In case of emergency—it’s reassuring to know that EMTs and paramedics are ready to respond at a moment’s notice.
What they do:
Administer basic or advanced emergency medical care and assess injuries and illnesses. May administer medication intravenously, use equipment such as EKGs, or administer advanced life support to sick or injured individuals.
On the job, you would:
Administer drugs, orally or by injection, or perform intravenous procedures.
Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings.
Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
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