What is a paramedic?

A paramedic provides advance levels of care in times of medical emergencies and traumatic situations. Most paramedics work in ambulances, specialist mobile units and  emergency response vehicles.

With additional training, a paramedic can also work with an air ambulance crew.  The paramedics are usually on standby located at a local ambulance station and large hospitals.

What does a paramedic do on a daily basis?

  • Arrive at accident scenes and work with high-tech equipment such as defibrillators (used to restore the rhythm of the human heart), spinal and traction splints.
  • Assess the condition of the service users and make quick decisions aiming to save lives of service users. Additionally, alongside this role, paramedics try to manage emotional outbursts from the service users’ families and friends and calm aggressive people during emergency scenes.
  • Work closely with nurses and doctors, following medical emergency incidents to explain the service user’s situation.

Where do Paramedics work?

  • Ambulance station
  • Central ambulance hub
  • Air ambulance services
  • Critical care/accident & emergency departments
  • The armed forces
  • HM Prison Service
  • Overseas health departments
  • oil and gas exploration companies
  • Non-emergency service users journeys
  • Film and TV sets

Diversity in the paramedic profession

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