Introduction to the level of EMT-Basic: Includes all skills necessary to provide emergency medical care at a basic life support level with an ambulance service or other specialized services. The student will recognize the nature and seriousness of a patient’s condition; determine extent of injuries and assess requirements for emergency medical care; lift, move, position, and otherwise handle the patient to minimize discomfort and prevent further injury; and safely and effectively perform the expectations of the basic level EMT. Class will involve at least 128 clock hours of didactic learning, 48 hours of ambulance runs to include a minimum of 5 emergency ambulance runs and 24 hours of clinical rotation in an emergency department. Class length is four months.
Prerequisite: Must be certified in CPR at the Healthcare Provider level prior to the second week of class. Must be 18 years old and have either High School Diploma or GED to take certification exam.
(Includes class tuition, books, insurance, name tag, and CPR certification)
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Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate:
Introduction to the advanced life support program. Emphasis on the Department of Transportation Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate guidelines and related topics relevant to the practice of pre-hospital emergency medical care at the EMT-Intermediate level; demonstrate the ability to competently perform all applicable skills; and exhibit attitudes and behavior consistent with the ethics and professionalism expected of the EMT-Intermediate. Class will involve at least 120 clock hours of didactic learning, at least 72 hours of ambulance rotation to include ten emergency ALS runs, and 72 hours of clinical rotation at hospital departments. Class length is four to five months.
Prerequisite: Must be certified or awaiting results from the EMT-Basic Level.
(Includes class tuition, books, insurance, name tag)
Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic:
Course uses the Department of Transportation’s EMT- Paramedic guidelines for pre-hospital emergency care. The student will display a working knowledge of clinical and related topics relevant to the practice of pre-hospital emergency medical care at the EMT-Paramedic level; demonstrate the ability to competently perform all applicable skills; and exhibit attitudes and behavior consistent with the ethics and professionalism expected of the EMT-Paramedic. Class will involve at least 624 clock hours of didactic learning, 240 hours of ambulance rotation to include 20 emergency MICU runs, and 240 hours of clinical rotation at various medical department facilities (ER, ICU, CCU)
Prerequisite: Must be certified or awaiting results from the EMT-Intermediate level. We recommend an advanced trauma course (such as BTLS or PHTLS) and ACLS.
(Includes class tuition, plus books and insurance) Additional expenses apply to agencies outside of Life Ambulance EMS Academy.
NOTE: Financing (a payment plan) is available for all classes. Please contact the program coordinator, David Pearse, for further information. Classes are scheduled when LIFE EMS Academy has enough interested persons to justify training at the various levels and the classroom and personnel are available.
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Successfully complete a department approved course. Achievement of a passing score on practical and written certification examinations.
Must be at least 18 years old. Generally, the knowledge and skills required show the need for a high school education or equivalent. Ability to communicate verbally via telephone and radio equipment; ability to lift, carry, balance up to 125 lbs. (250 with assistance); ability to interpret written, oral, and diagnostic form instructions; ability to use good judgment and remain calm in high stress situations; ability to work in an environment with loud noises and flashing lights; ability to function efficiently throughout an entire work shift; ability to calculate weight and understand English language manuals and road maps; accurately discern street signs and address numbers; ability to interview patients, family members, and bystanders; ability to document, in writing, all relevant information in prescribed format in light of legal ramification of such; ability to converse in English with coworkers and hospital staff regarding patients. Good manual dexterity, and ability to perform all tasks related to highest quality patient care. Ability to bend, stoop, and crawl on uneven terrain; and the ability to withstand varied environmental conditions such as heat, cold and moisture. Ability to work in low light, confined spaces and other dangerous environments.
Must demonstrate competency handling emergencies utilizing all Basic and Advanced Life Support equipment and skills in accordance with behavioral objectives in the DOT/EMT Basic, EMT-I, and/or EMT-P curriculum, to include endotracheal intubation.
DESCRIPTION OF TASKS
Receives call from dispatcher, responds verbally to emergency calls, reads maps, may drive ambulance to emergency site, uses most expeditious route, and observes traffic ordinances and regulations. Determines name and extent of illness or injury, takes pulse, blood pressure, visually observes changes in skin color, auscultates breath sounds, makes determination regarding patient status, establishes priority to emergency care, renders appropriate emergency care (based on competency level); may administer intravenous drugs or fluid replacement as directed by physician or protocols. Performs endotracheal intubation to open airways and ventilate patient, inflates PASG and administers medications as approved by local protocol.
Assists in lifting, carrying, and transporting patients to ambulance and to medical facility. Reassures patients and bystanders, avoids mishandling patient and undue haste, searches for medical identification emblem to aid in care. Extricates patient from entrapment, assesses extent of injury, uses prescribed techniques and appliances, radios dispatcher for additional assistance or services, provides light rescue service if required, provides additional emergency care following established protocols.
Complies with regulations in handling deceased, notifies authorities, and arranges for protection of property and evidence at scene. Determines appropriate facility to which patient will be transported, reports nature and extent of injuries or illness to the facility, asks for direction from hospital physician or emergency department. Observes patient enroute and administers care as directed by physician, emergency department, or published protocol. Identifies diagnostic signs that require communication with facility. Assists in removing patient from ambulance and into emergency facility. Reports verbally and in writing, (leaving Patient run report) observations about and care of patient at the scene and enroute to facility. Provides assistance to emergency staff as required.
Replaces supplies, sends used equipment for sterilization, checks all equipment for future readiness, maintains ambulance in operable condition, ensures ambulances cleanliness and orderliness of equipment and supplies, decontaminates vehicle’s interior, determines vehicle readiness by checking oil, gas, water in battery and radiator, tire pressure, and maintains familiarity with all specialized equipment.
For further information, please contact David Pearse at (915) 779-2111, extension 126.
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