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a person trained to manage the emergency care of sick or injured persons during transport to a hospital, including administration of injections and intravenous fluids, reading of electrocardiograms, and performance of defibrillation and other advanced life-support measures if ordered by a physician. See also emergency medical technician.
A person trained and certified to provide emergency medical care.
A person who is trained to give emergency medical treatment or assist medical professionals.
Etymology: Gk, para + L, medicina, art of healing
a person who acts as an assistant to a physician or in place of a physician until the physician is available. paramedical, adj.
paramedicAs defined in the UK, a senior, and often the first, ambulance service healthcare professional at the scene of an accident or medical emergency. Paramedics may work alone—when deployed in a car, motorbike or bicycle—or with the support of an emergency care assistant or ambulance technician—if in an emergency van—and field triage a patient, resuscitate, provide advanced life support or stabilise him or her using the tools at their disposal, including defibrillators, spinal and traction splints, IV drips, oxygen and drugs.
The traditional, experience-based route to becoming a paramedic (grandfather system) is no longer open to new entrants. Paramedics now either enter through a student paramedic position with an ambulance service trust, or attend an approved full-time course in paramedic science at a university. Courses are often modular with flexible entry and exit points, depending upon the candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant experience, and last from 2 years (full time) to 5 years (part time). Training comprises both theory and practical clinical experience, including several weeks in various hospital departments. Much of the training of paramedics is carried out under the supervision of senior doctors.
paramedicA health professional certified to perform advanced life support procedures–eg, intubation, defibrillation and administration of drugs under a physician's direction; paramedics provide urgent care from an emergency vehicle or air service; in contrast, EMTs can only perform basic life-support. Cf EMT, Physicians' assistant, Physician extender.
pre·hos·pi·tal pro·vid·er(prē-hos'pi-tăl prŏ-vī'dĕr)
paramedicAny health-care worker other than a doctor, nurse, or dentist. The ranks of the paramedics include trained ambulance personnel, first aiders, laboratory technicians, PHYSIOTHERAPISTS, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS, ORTHOPTISTS and RADIOGRAPHERS. See also PROFESSIONS ALLIED TO MEDICINE.
A person trained and certified to provide emergency care.