EMT and Paramedics

When there is an auto accident or other emergency, EMT's and paramedics are usually the first to arrive. While both arrive in the ambulance, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) and paramedics are not the same, though they do very similar jobs. Here, you can ask questions about what it takes to become an EMT or paramedic, what they can and cannot do, how they help us, and any questions that you have about them and their jobs!

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How do paramedics use math?

Paramedics need math to calculate doses of medications that are used in emergency situations. Many of the medications are dosed based on the patient's weight, usually milligrams per kilograms. They also need to be able to use conversion tables to change pounds from kilograms. Also needles, catheters, etc., come in different sizes and math is needed to determine size variations.

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What are the different heart rhythms a paramedic would analyze?

Sinus Bradycardia

Sinus Tachycardia

Sinus Dysrhythmia

Sinus Arrest

Wondering Pacemaker

Premature Atrial Complex

Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia

Atrial Flutter

Atrial Fibrillation

Premature Junctional Complex

Junctional Escape Complexes or Rhythms

Accelerated Junctional Rhythm

Ventricular Escape Complexes or Rhythms

Premature Ventricular Complex

Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)

Ventricular Fibrillation (VF)


Artificial Pacemaker Rhythms

First Degree AV Block

Second Degree AV Block Type 1 (Wenckebach)

Second Degree AV Block Type 2

Third Degree AV Block

Disturbances of Ventricular Conduction

Pulseless Electrical Activity (PEA)

Preexcitation Syndrome: Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

Broad complex tachycardia

Narrow complex tachycardia

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How many days can be miss In EMT class?

In EMT class you can only miss 3 days before you have the choice to start next semester or get kicked out.

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Can an ex felon become a medical doctor?

There is an extensive amount of misinformation out there, from persons who assume that just because someone has a felony, they can never advance their life.

A person with a felony conviction can become a medical doctor (MD). This simply means that there is no specific rule or law in place that prevents it. With that said, there is a background check to be admitted to medical school. To even be admitted you must pass it, or receive a waiver from the highest levels of administration within that particular university. Factors taken into consideration include:

  • Rehabilitation - what have you done with yourself since then?
  • Elapsed time - was this conviction 6 months ago, or 10 years ago?
  • Community involvement - are you trying to better yourself and others?
  • Type of offense - did you steal someone's $1,000 lawnmower, or did you traffic cocaine?

Each student is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, so it's impossible to give a definitive answer as to whether you would be admitted. The only thing you can do is go for it. The worst they can do is turn you down.

Later on you'll have to be certified by a board, and once again they would have the opportunity to approve or deny you based on your record. Case-by-case basis.

Assuming it's several years later, you've gotten through all of the hurdles and now you've officially got the title "M.D." after your name. You will still have to prove to a hospital that you're worth hiring. There are plenty of other doctors out there without criminal records, so you'll have your work cut out for you.

Best of luck, and remember - determination is often the deciding factor.

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What regulations does a Paramedic have to follow?

They have protocol for most incidents. It's up to the medic to correctly interpret what care and interventions are needed. They are ultimately guided by a medical control..a physician. But they have to perform all duties by their protocols autonomously

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Can I as an EMT operate a red light in my car in responding to a call or upon coming across an accident in North Carolina?

Depending on the state you are in your authorized emergency response liight may be either blue or red. If it is red in NC, then the answer to this question is... Of Course! You're ON THE JOB. Your flashing light is designed to alert other drivers that you're on your way to...or at, an emergency location. Drivers generally give Right Of Way to any emergency vehicle as a courtesy to you. It is NOT a law that drivers yield the right-of-way to privately owned vehicles displaying emergency lights. Only Fire, Police, EMS, and Military vehicles have that right written into the law. Only use your emergency light when you're either enroute to, or at the scene of an emergency.

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What service should I use for NPI Lookup or NPI Registry database?

NPILookup.com is simple easy to use and FREE. You can download your search results into Excel. And, it can be used in a web browser or as a mobile iPad app. ( http://npilookup.com )NEPPES, it is run under supervision of the CMS and is FREE- sorry Hipaa space. not getting my money!https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov/NPPES/NPIRegistryHome.do

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I would recommend the NPI Lookup tool on NPIDB.org at http://npidb.org/npi/ simply because that site is easier to use and not cluttered with various other tools that I don't need.

HIPAASpace.com - NPI Lookup toolThat's a hot topic in our hospital since May 23 - we're getting tons of phone calls and faxes asking for NPI of our providers. Glad you asked this question. So far there are no bullet proof solution, at least I was not able to find any. However, there are some good resources allowing NPI Lookup, I personally like HIPAASpace.com - their tool for NPI Lookup is: http://www.hipaaspace.com/Medical_Billing/Coding/National_Provider_Identifier/NPI_Number_Lookup.aspx. Hope it helps.
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How much does a paramedic in the army get paid?

If you're referring to enlisted soldiers in medical fields, the Army doesn't have 'Paramedic' as an occupation. There is a medical branch of the Army, and the closest thing you would have to a paramedic is the 68W MOS - which is known as Healthcare Specialist. 68W is an amalgamation of the old 91B MOS (prior to the reorganisation of the Army which spanned from 2001 - 2004, 91B was Combat Medic. The MOS now designates a mechanic) and some other medical occupations. As part of the 68W qualifications, soldiers are now required to obtain a basic EMT license (whereas under the 91B MOS, no such requirement existed). Service members who continued with their training and became certified as EMT-P (paramedic) could be assigned to serve in a paramedic role on-post, but the received no change to their MOS or Additional Skill Identifiers for it, nor was their pay affected - in fact, it often worked against them as far as advancing their pay went, since opportunities for promotion and advancement in rank were more prevalent in line units than in support units which were outside the deployable bulk of the unit that occupied that specific post.

As for what they get paid, it depends on rank and time in service. For a Private (E1), the 2012 pay chart would have them start off at a base pay of $1491/month, and this could go all the way up to a base pay of $2885 for a Staff Sergeant (E6) with more than six years in service. Once you reach the rank of Sergeant First Class (E7), you are considered a specialist in the whole of the medical field, and are no longer assigned the 68W MOS. See the related link at the bottom for a better explanation of the 2012 pay chart.

As for serving as a paramedic on post, it's a job which has been outsourced to the civil sector. Soldiers no longer fill that role.

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Do you need perfect eyesight to be a paramedic?

No you do not. There is no eye test to become a paramedic. However you will be treating patients and performing skills where you will need visual clarity. As long as you have proper glasses or contacts that is all that matters.

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Where in Pretoria South Africa can you study to be a paramedic?

The Netcare Pretoria East Hospital (located, surely enough, in Pretoria, South Africa) has the best EMS training facility in the area.

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What is the full form of ambulance?

Ambulance is a noun meaning a vehicle equipped for taking sick or injured people to and from hospital. The plural form is Ambulances.

It is of French origin, from hôpital ambulant 'mobile field hospital', from Latin ambulare 'walk'.

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What is the average annual salary for a paramedic?

The salary does vary depending on location and level of intensity of the area but there are some standards. Check out this link about Paramedic salaries

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How long is an EMT training course?

EMT training schedules will vary from two to six months, depending on the number of hours available each week. Some programs are set up for after work, to accommodate those with jobs. Other programs will run all day and be shorter in length. These are available for those able to attend without interference from outside jobs or family.

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How far away from the scene should you park an ambulance?

Park to allow easy access to the patient and in a way that prevents the ambulance from being blocked by structures or other vehicles.

If the ambulance is the first on scene for a motor vehicle accident, park 50 feet behind the collision to provide protection for the crew. If a police or fire vehicle is already on scene it should be parked behind the accident and the ambulance should be parked 100 feet in front of the scene.

If there is any leaking fluids, fumes, or a fire, the ambulance should be parked at least 100 feet away regardless.

And in the case of a hazardous materials incident, the ambulance should be parked up wind following DOT emergency response guidebook guidelines.

All from my paramedic textbook: Paramedic Practice Today Above and Beyond, volume 2.

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How many patients have died in a ambulance ride?

It is hard to answer that question. Almost every 15 seconds somewhere in the US there is an ambulance going out to rescue someone from an emergency.

A patient could clinically die (go into cardiac arrest) in the back of the ambulance, but they are not legally dead until they reach the emergency room where a physician can pronounce them dead. So it depends on your meaning. for clinical death, it is not that rare anymore to get pulses back with all the drugs and tools a paramedic has at their disposal. Nobody legally dies in the back of an ambulance.

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What advantages and disadvantages are there to becoming a paramedic?

Disadvantages: Have to carry heavy patients, back injuries, being kicked at, spit at and urinated on, sitting on a street corner (not all systems have their units posting on a street corner. Some have a base or fire station to sit at and this can be a possitve thing. for 12 hours in a small seat, see horrific things, high burn out, deal with the scum of the earth on a daily basis, and risk your life daily for lousy pay.

Advantages: The 1 out of 20 patients that actually needs an ambulance and the feeling you get when you are able to help them. Even though most patients do not truly need and ambulance, paramedics do make a difference in those people's lives just by being there for them on what they feel is their worst day. Being able to make a difference is rewarding to the provider and is often times what motivates them to become a paramedic.

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What is the average emergency response time of an ambulance?

The national average response time for a BLS ambulance is 10 min. Paramedics are 12-15 min.

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What is the income for a paramedic?


Ambulance technicians usually take home about £25,000 - £30,000 per Year

Paramedics take home about £30,000 - £37,000 per Year

Emergency Care Pracitioners usually take home around £40,000 - £45,000 per Year

However, Ambulance Staff vary in seniority. My boss (who's a Senior Paramedic Officer)

takes home £20,000 more a year than me even though Im a Practitioner. So seniority pays more than medical knowledge in this business.

We also get big bonuses for working unsocial hours ( up to £5,000 a year) and we only work a few days a week with a week off every 21 days.

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What is the HSC mark required to become a NSW Paramedic?

NSW is now the only state where you can still apply directly to the ambulance service and receive training with them on the job. It is not based on HSC mark but on your suitability for the job of a paramedic. You must meet the selection criteria which can be found on their website www.ambulance.nsw.gov.au including having an unrestricted (Not P's drivers licence). However it is a good idea to do the degree course at uni first as this means that you have a good theoretical basis and well as the option of joining another states ambulance service down the track. Its run in NSW through Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. Again entry is based on answers to a questionaire to judge suitability for the job and likelihood to succeed in the course rather than HSC mark. Hope this helps!

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Why do ambulances have sirens?

They have a siren so that they can alert motorists to the fact that they have to get past traffic to get to their destination as fast as possible. Motorists are suppose to pull to the side of the road to get out of the way for them.

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What are some useful wing attack netball tips?

Wing AttackIt does help to be fast but WA needs to be smart. They need to know when to change things up (e.g a centre pass- not always running to the sam spot) and they need to be good at reading the shooting circle, know when the shooters want it and where. WA is a heaps fun position as it is actually the controller on the court not the centre, the centre is the fill in and follows the flow of the court, the WA creates the flow.
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What do you learn in a basic emt class?

You learn skills like how to use a spine board, steps for medical and trauma assessments, how to make splints and use them, how to stop bleeds, how to treat diabetic, cardiac, respiratory, heat, and cold emergencies, how to lift patients, use different types of equipment. You also learn about patient rights, how to fill out certain forms, confidentiality, etc. You will also cover basic anatomy and physiology. Its a pretty in-depth course.

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What is the salary for a paramedic in Ontario?

It all depends where in Ontario you reside, but if you are in one of the following; Ottawa, Peel Region, Durham, Waterloo, Niagara, Toronto, & Halton Region, then you'll be making at least $70 000 a year starting. Hourly Rates all tie in with how much hours you work including possible overtime. Remember $70 000 is starting and all those salaries you see online are low because they are either out of date or American which in the states the pay is pathetic and a joke unfortunately...

So it's like this average:

Primary Care Paramedic: $70 000 - $80 000 grand a year

Advanced Care Paramedic: $85 000 - $90 000 grand a year

Critical Care Paramedic: $95 000 - $120 000 (Note: this one varies but you will make $90 000 grand for sure no matter where you are employed. You are usually on a Rotary wing aircraft such as a Helicopter)

Those are the salaries that I've saw from Government disclosures and forums from actual Paramedics. Some Critical Care Paramedics employed by Ornge make up to $130 000 grand.

Either way pay is good, but remember this is a highly competitive line of work as any Health Care job can be. Education is getting more intense too, so do good in school and be physically fit and start preparing early if you want to pursue the career. And one last thing, the salary may seem great but this shouldn't be your motivation for the career you have to have to want and urge to make a difference and help people!


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What is the purpose of an EMT training course?

EMT training courses prepare an individal to pass EMT accreditation exams in order to work as an EMT Basic or EMT Paramedic. Both provide emergency medical care to the injured or ill in a number of settings.

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Why do i want to be an emt?

Only you can answer that question

But the siren is a big plus. who doesn't like a siren?


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