Paramedics and Paramedic Training
Article Index
Paramedics and Paramedic Training
1.1 I am a Paramedic
1.2 What Do Paramedics Do?
1.3 A Day in the Life of a Student Paramedic
1.4 Paramedics Recruitment
2.1 Examples of Paramedic-Related Awards
2.2 The Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) Awards of Excellence Programme
2.3 National Collegiate EMS Foundation (NCEMSF): Organisations of the Year
2.4 Best of EMS and EMT Sites Award
3.1 Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) Award Recipients
3.2 Association for Air Ambulance Awards Winners
3.3 Wurreker Award: Ambulance Victoria Recognised as Employer of the Year
3.4 NAEMT National EMS Awards of Excellence Recipient
3.5 Mohawk Ambulance Service Training Staff Are "Educators of Excellence"
3.6 ITIJ Awards: Air Ambulance Provider of the Year won by Luxembourg
3.7 Why King Countys EMS is the Best in the World
3.8 Dubai We Learn Initiative: Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services(DCAS)
3.9 Joint Winner of the 4th IBPC: Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS)
4.1 Promising Practices in Emergency Medical Response at Fire Rescue Services
4.2 History of Paramedicine in Singapore
4.3 Paramedics Career Framework
4.4 What Will the Ambulance Service Look Like in 2030?
4.5 Organisation and Practices of Ambulance Services in 14 European Countries
4.6 Research into Decisions by Paramedics
5.1 CAE Virtual Paramedic: Finalist in SIMTech Serious Games
5.2 Ambulance Service Recruitment and Performance Improvement Plan
5.3 East of England Ambulance Service People and Culture Strategy
5.4 Ambulance Victoria Recruitment Process
5.5 The EMS World Expo
5.6 Paramedic Certification: National Standards in Singapore
5.7 Pioneering Paramedic Training Using 3Play Video
6.1 Paramedics Competency Standards
6.2 EMS Comparison between Finland and England
6.3 Emergency Medical Services Key Performance in Asian Cities
6.4 Top Technology to Measure Paramedic Performance
6.5 Transforming Quality in EMS
7. What do business leaders say about paramedics and paramedic training?
This report outlines the best practices research undertaken by BPIR.com in paramedic training. The best practices have been compiled under seven main headings. This layout is designed to enable you to scan subjects that are of interest to you and your organisation, quickly assess their importance, and download relevant information for further study or to share with your colleagues.

In This Report

  1. What is a paramedic, and what does paramedic training entail?
  2. Which organisations have received recognition for the excellence of their paramedics or their paramedic training?
  3. How have organisations reached high levels of success in paramedic training?
  4. What research has been undertaken into paramedics and paramedic training?
  5. What tools and methods are used to achieve high levels of success in paramedic training?
  6. How can the effectiveness of paramedics and paramedic training be measured?
  7. What do business leaders say about paramedics and paramedic training?


The Definition

There are usually three levels of emergency medical technician (EMT) certification for the emergency medical services (EMS): entry, intermediate, and advanced. Paramedics (sometimes referred to as ambulance officers) possess the advanced (or highest) level, which can only be achieved after some 1200-1800 hours of training.
Paramedic training needs to be extremely rigorous; these are, after all, the people who attend to the injured or ill at the scene of a medical emergency. In a rescue mission, it is often a paramedic who takes the lead, and who has the most responsibility for decision-making. For this reason, paramedic training generally comprises two major components. The first focuses on advanced life support as well as many of the functions of a basic EMT; these include performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), treating wounds, delivering babies, and undertaking patient assessments prior to arrival at the hospital. The second is crisis management, including strong leadership, keeping calm and composed, and being able to perform life-saving functions in stressful situations.

The Stage

As part of the EMS, paramedics can be called in to handle either medical emergencies or trauma situations. Medical emergencies may involve heart attacks, allergic reactions, delivering babies, shock, and/or illnesses that can require medication to be administered until, in most cases, the patient can be brought to hospital. Trauma situations usually involve an accident or physical injury, and can include car crashes, falls, sports traumas, fights, fires or even shootings. In addition to working in highly stressful situations that are potentially dangerous, paramedics now face increasingly complex scenarios in which the coordination of several agencies may often be required to treat multiple patients over an extended period of time.
As a result of this, it has become more difficult to become a paramedic. The requirements are more stringent and include qualities such as leadership, stress tolerance, and mental and physical endurance; indeed, these have become as important as medical proficiency. Consequently, paramedic agencies are finding it more and more difficult to recruit and retain paramedics. This profession is simply not for everyone, and the emotional and physical demands of a calling like this mean a lengthy career is often impossible.
For those up to the challenge, a paramedic career can be extremely rewarding, not least because you have the opportunity to save another person’s life. There are also many opportunities to work in places other than an ambulance. For example, many paramedics work for fire departments, and there are also positions available at oil rigs, national parks, cruise ships, ski resorts or with air ambulances.

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