avatar February 11, 2012, 4:34 pm

EMT Responsibilities

by: Mike    Category: Become an EMT
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Becoming an EMT is more than just getting a job. The life of millions of people depends on their quickness and competency as they are the first one to provide emergency medical care to the patient. Therefore, responsibilities are very important. We made a breakdown of responsibilities held by them:


EMT Responsibilities during the Emergency

  • They are the first one dispatched by the 911, they must be quick
  • Must secure the environment and assess the patient’s condition
  • They must provide emergency care and stabilize the patient’s condition
  • Then, they prepare the patient for transportation (which include immobilization and use of equipment)
  • They move the patient in the ambulance


EMT Responsibilities during the Patient Transportation

  • One is driving the ambulance
  • The other monitors the patient vital signs
  • They transport the patient to the closest hospital in order to provide more complete care
  • They move the patient inside the emergency department



EMT Responsibilities after the Patient Arrival to the Hospital

  • They transport the patient from one medical facility to another if the patient requires more specific care
  • Fill reports on their observations and actions during the emergency
  • Are responsible to replace used supplies and check medical equipment
  • They also clean and decontaminate the interior of the ambulance if there is a risk of contagion.


This is a brief overview of responsibilities. Please note that they vary from certification level and State. You can see which responsibilities are expected in each State by looking at EMT classes per State:


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