Pima Medical Thanks Those in the Emergency Medical Services
Posted: May 17, 2016 by Elizabeth Baker
It's Emergency Medical Services Week, and we are proud to be training future emergency responders at Pima Medical Institute.
Have you always seen yourself as someone who could respond well in an emergency situation? Are you interested in being a life-saving first responder? If so, read on…
Pima Medical Institute paramedic students practice in class.
Emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics serve on the frontlines in healthcare. They are the people you call when you may have been in a car accident, experienced a seizure or chest pains. So it’s critical that they’re knowledgeable and fast under pressure.
Here are some fun facts about the profession and a few you might not know.
EMTs and Paramedics Must:
What’s the Difference Between an EMT and a Paramedic?
- Be extremely organized
- Be able to think outside the box
- Aggressive and able to handle tough situations
- Meticulous about equipment and medications
- Possess a desire to help others
- Be observant and good listeners
- Cautious but also not afraid to make quick decisions
- Be able to handle pressure
- EMTs require approximately 190 hours of training to become certified.
- Paramedics require approximately 1,500 hours of training.
- EMTs focus on basic life support, basic equipment use and are allowed to work with only a small number of drugs.
- Paramedics use more advanced equipment and can work with dozens of drugs.
It’s a fairly natural progression for EMTs to eventually become paramedics. The training and skills cross over seamlessly. Once you become nationally certified as a paramedic, you can work in any state, regardless of where you trained.
What type of emergencies do EMTs and paramedics handle?
How do I start the process of becoming an EMT or paramedic?
- Injuries of all kinds—car accidents, fires, injuries sustained in the home, even injuries sustained in a crime
- Heart problems
- Breathing problems
- Chest pains
- Reactions to drugs or alcohol
- And many other situations that involved emergency medical care
- First, call your local emergency services department and ask to go on a ride-along. You’ll get to see first-hand what EMTs and paramedics do each day.
- Then, stop by Pima Medical Institute’s Mesa, Arizona, campus and meet EMT and paramedic instructors. Check out the labs, the hands-on work, talk to EMTs and paramedics in training. You’ll get a great sense of what the programs and careers are all about.
To learn more, visit our EMT