History of EMS 1960 - CPR 1966 – Portable Defibrillators 1969 – ALS – mostly in the cities 1973 – Federal legislation provides funding for development of EMS systems.
Levels of EMS Training ‡ First Responder ‡ Emergency Medical Technician Basic – This would be YOU. Basic – This would be YOU. Intermediate – not in PA yet Intermediate – not in PA yet Paramedic – a future goal? Paramedic – a future goal?
Roles and Responsibilities ‡ ‡ Personal safety ‡ Safety of crew, patient and bystanders ‡ Patient care based on assessment findings ‡ Lifting and moving patients safely ‡ ‡ Transport/transfer of care ‡ Record-keeping/ data collection ‡ Patient advocacy
Main Duties of the EMT w Preparation w Response w Scene control w Gaining Access w Assessment and emergency care w Disentanglement w Transfer to the ambulance w Transport to the receiving facility w Termination activities
Professional Attributes and Traits ‡ ‡ Appearance ‡ Keeps knowledge and skills up to date ‡ Puts patient’s needs as a priority without endangering self ‡ Maintains current knowledge of local, state, and national issues affecting EMS