Life in the ER--this has been featured in many movies, especially in the famous TV series, ER. Even if you did not see any of these movies or TV series, you can still imagine how life in the ER really is. It's like every minute is important and every action matters. One false move at the wrong minute will surely be the death of a patient. It may sound exciting to be in this kind of a tense environment. But it surely is stressful to lose lives at your hands. That will be the life of people who have decided to take Emergency Medical programs.
Compared with other medical programs like dental programs, medical fellowship programs, radiology programs and medical residency programs, emergency medicine is a lot more challenging. But for many people, managing risk is all worth it if this means saving someone else's life. Considering the complexity, emergency medical programs come in a very broad scope and wide varieties. Some of the most notable options are:
- Emergency medical technician. This person is expected to know how to perform the basic emergency procedures like restoring the patient's breathing, controlling his bleeding, shock treatment, and opening airways. A high school diploma is needed before anyone can be accepted to train in any emergency medical programs for technicians, even in online schools. Once this course is completed, written as well as practical exams must be passed before finally working as an emergency medical technician.
- Emergency medical technician intermediate. More than doing what the basic emergency medical technician can, this professional can also administer intravenous fluids and cardiac medications. A high school diploma is required before a person can take any course, online or offline, in preparation for this profession. But before the interested party can take a licensing exam, he will need to complete a 30- to 350-hour training, depending on the practice and the state's requirement.
- Paramedics. These emergency medical technicians were trained to give broader pre-hospital nursing like administering drugs through oral means, interpreting EKGs, and using complex medical equipment like monitors. They may also provide more complex procedures under a medical personnel's direction while transporting the patient to the emergency medical department. The instructions can either be received personally or through a radiophone. The paramedics will report their observations about the patient and the different procedures they have done for the patient. A high school diploma is required as well in taking an associate's degree for this profession. Before taking the licensing exam, the interested person should undergo related coursework and lab and field experiences.
The described tasks here are only the most common for these professionals in every state. Other permitted and limited tasks will largely depend on the state, and sometimes, the emergency medical programs they have finished and passed. Some of the required courses for emergency professionals can also be preparatory for a dental program, radiology program, medical fellowship program, or medical residency program.
Whatever course a person takes, as long as it's a medical program, it will surely be a big help for society. Just imagine the number of lives being saved by these people.