The Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system.
The paramedic education program covers all emergency medical concepts and techniques currently considered to be within the responsibilities of the paramedic (EMT-P) providing emergency care in a pre-hospital setting as set forth by the Unit of Emergency Medical Services of the State of Missouri. This program meets or exceeds course requirements established by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Missouri Unit of Emergency Medical Services. The education program will also cover topics related to the future trends and care methodologies in emergency medicine.
This course provides the necessary education and experience to prepare the student for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Certification process. The paramedic provides advanced pre-hospital emergency medical care under medical command authority to acutely ill or injured patients and/or transports patients by ambulance or other emergency vehicle. The paramedic assumes the role of the leader of patient care, and must manage not only the patient, but the scene at which care is taking place. The paramedic might perform other medical services under medical direction outside the hospital environment. The paramedic should be able to:
- Demonstrate an awareness of abilities and limitations.
- Have the ability to relate to people.
- Have the capacity to make rational patient care decisions under stress.
- Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
To fulfill the role of the paramedic, an individual must be able to:
- Recognize a medical emergency, assess the situation, manage emergency medical care, and coordinate efforts with those agencies that may be involved in the care and transportation of the patient.
- Meet the needs of the patient’s family and significant others to decrease their state of anxiety.
- Assign priorities to emergency treatment for the designated medical command authority.
- Record and communicate pertinent data to the designated medical command authority.
- Initiate and continue emergency medical care under medical control, including the recognition of presenting conditions, initiation of appropriate treatments, and assessment of the response of the patient to that treatment, modifying medical therapy as directed.
- Direct and coordinate the transport of the patient by selecting the best available method(s) in conjunction with medical command authority.
- Record, in writing or by data entry, the details related to the patient's emergency medical care and the incident.
Marion County Ambulance Distrisct had a 100% pass rate for the NREMT Paramedic Exam in 2017, and 100% of the students are gainfully employed in EMS!DOWNLOAD: Paramedic Program Flyer