Being A Paramedic

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“9-1-1, what’s your emergency?” “A car passed by and shot me in the chest! I feel dizzy and woozy. Help me!” “Please tell me your location and we will dispatch the proper authorities.” Once an emergency call ends, the person who received it calls emergency and police departments. Naturally, the first ones arriving at the scene are usually the emergency departments, who rush to the scene as soon as they get the call. However, being a paramedic not only involves responding to emergency calls, but also taking risks, receiving a varying salary depending on several factors, completing several strenuous training programs and levels, and acquiring a variety of skills and qualifications. As mentioned before, the nature of work of an EMT (Emergency…show more content…
EMT’s provide patients with basic life support skills including air management, control of bleeding, treatment of shock, oxygen therapy, treatment of environmental emergencies, burn care, splitting and bandaging techniques, vehicle and water extraction, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency childbirth (Brewer). Paramedics must act quickly in other situations like automobile accidents, heart attacks, drownings, childbirths, and gunshot wounds, which all require immediate medical attention (Farr 137). Immediate action is required because a few seconds can mean the difference between life and death for a patient. Now, since emergency facilities and services operate round-the-clock, the job requires paramedics to work over-time and commit to evening and weekend hours (“Paramedic Career/What Does a Paramedic Do”). Therefore, if a person plans on having other goals requiring most of their time, becoming a paramedic is not for them. However, working hours of a paramedic vary depending on where they work. For example, those employed by fire departments work about 50 hours a week; those working at hospitals, frequently work between 45-60 hours a week; and those in private ambulance services work between 45-50 hours a week (Farr 138). Some of these workers, especially those in police and fire departments, wait on call for extended periods of time. Surely,…show more content…
As a matter of fact, being a paramedic involves much more than answering emergency calls. It demands a person to take risks, receive a varying salary, complete several strenuous training programs, and acquire a variety of skills and qualifications. Just like our immune system, paramedics care for their patients; they make sure they arrive safely to the emergency department; and fight to keep their patients alive, therefore, saving lives. For these reasons, one can safely assume paramedics compare to the first line of defense in our immune

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