Paramedics provide an immediate response to emergency medical calls. They are usually the first senior healthcare professional on the scene and they are responsible for assessing a patient's condition and providing treatment and care prior to hospital admission.
Treatment may include:
- resuscitating and stabilising a patient;
- using high tech equipment such as a defibrillator;
- applying spinal and traction splints;
- administering intravenous drips, drugs and oxygen.
A paramedic will attend emergencies including minor injuries, sudden illness, and casualties arising from road and rail accidents, criminal violence, fires and other incidents. They are usually in a two-person ambulance crew with the other crew member being an ambulance technician or emergency care assistant who helps them. Some will work alone however, using an emergency response car, motorbike or bicycle to get to a patient.
A paramedic's day is always different as they constantly have a new set of patients who can be suffering from a range of illnesses. Even if some illnesses become more prevalent at certain times of the year, there will still be variation in the work as each patient with the same illness will have a different scenario.