Ambulance Attendants and Other Paramedical Occupations
Other titles : emergency medical technician (EMT), primary care paramedic, advances care paramedic
This unit group includes workers who administer pre-hospital emergency medical care to patients and transport them to hospitals or other medical facilities for further medical care. They are employed by private ambulance services, hospitals, fire departments, government departments and agencies, manufacturing firms, mining companies and other private sector establishments.
Main duties :
- assess extent of injuries or illness of trauma victims, patients with respiratory disease and stress, overdose and poisoning victims, industrial accident victims and other ill or injured individuals to determine emergency medical treatment;
- administer pre-hospital emergency care, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), oxygen, bandaging and splinting, to patients;
- establish and maintain intravenous treatment (IV), apply adjunctive equipment for ventilation and circulation complications, administer medications and provide other advanced emergency treatment to patients;
- transport patients by air, land or water to hospital or other medical facility for further medical care;
- document and record nature of injuries and treatment provided;
- assist hospital personnel with provision of medical treatment, if necessary;
- maintain ambulances and emergency care equipment and supplies;
- may train and supervise other workers in this unit group;
- may assist with triage of emergency patients.
Diploma of College Studies (DCS)
Program length : 3 years
The aim of the Prehospital Emergency Care program is to prepare students to practise the occupation of ambulance technician.
Ambulance technicians provide assistance to individuals of all ages and in all conditions who require prehospital emergency services with a view to reducing morbidity and mortality. They are responsible for providing, among other things, primary medical care, trauma care, care related to behavioural disorders, and other types of care. This includes the professional activities identified in the Regulation respecting the professional activities that may be engaged in within the framework of pre-hospital emergency services. Ambulance technicians are also trained to respond to accidents, antisocial acts, and to specific situations.