The EMT-B provides appropriate and effective pre-hospital basic life support care and transportation of the sick and injured in accordance with local, regional and A-MED Ambulance standards of practice.
The EMT-B must currently be both registered with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and licensed with the State of Louisiana as an Emergency Medical Technician Basic. The EMT-B must have a current Jefferson Parish and City of New Orleans EMT permit. EMT-B must also have a valid Louisiana driver's license, Class D, and meet all criteria as set forth by our vehicle insurance carrier. The EMT-B must have current training and completion cards for Defensive Driving, Awareness Level of Hazardous Materials, and Health Care Provider CPR. These permits, licenses, certifications, and training must be maintained and kept current and valid at all times while employed in this capacity.
Heavy and strenuous. EMT-B must be able to lift and carry a patient and stretcher up and down several flights of stairs with small landings, which requires proper lifting techniques, and proper body mechanics. The EMT-B must be able to carry equipment and travel on foot for several hundred yards.
Manual and finger dexterity is necessary to reach for, handle, lift, and carry supplies, equipment, and patients. Talking and hearing ability is necessary to interact and communicate with dispatchers on the radio, patients on the scene of an accident or sudden illness, other public safety members on the scene of an incident which often presents itself in an unsafe and hazardous manner where immediate communications with the on scene personnel is imperative. Visual activity is required for observation of the patient, inspection of the scene, and to safely drive the ambulance.
Heavy and exacting. Must use good judgment when establishing priorities in caring for patients of all ages. Must be able to diagnose and treat patients correctly in critical settings with limited resources. Must decide who will be treated first in multiple critical patient situations. Must decide how much treatment to render when other calls are waiting to be answered.
Numerical ability is necessary to measure and calculate medication dosages. Motor coordination is necessary to be able to operate the ambulance safely when driving on an emergency run. Reading ability is required to properly interpret information the EMT is exposed to during the course of performing his/her duties (i.e., driving, using computer, medications, etc.).
PURPOSE OF JOB:
The EMT-B will provide the highest quality Basic Life Support in a pre-hospital setting and augments the various hospital emergency department staffs in the emergency care of the sick and the injured. EMT-B is a professional, pre-hospital emergency care specialist who provides assessment and treatment to patients of all ages in an innumerable variety of environmentally uncontrolled settings in which injury and permanent disability to the EMT-B are possible. EMT-B supervises other emergency services personnel who may be present at the scene providing the patients care. As appropriate, the EMT-B takes histories, performs physical exams, controls bleeding. provides airway control, restores and maintains circulation, and provides care consistent with the general standard of care under the authority of then service medical director and / or the medical control physician according to the treatment protocols as issued and approved by the Jefferson and Orleans Parishes medical societies. EMT-B both at the scene and during transportation has the ultimate authority consistent with these guidelines. The EMT-B assists in the emergency departments with emergency care as required, but does not supersede others in the department.
Excellent to poor:
The EMT-B must be able to work in either a well lighted and properly equipped ambulance or inadequately lighted space with no back up equipment or personnel. They must be able to work in the presence of visitors and bystanders with the possibility of shouting and uncontrolled patient setting. Must be able to perform in all temperatures and climates.
Possible exposure to communicable diseases before their detection. Possible exposure to body fluid/blood borne pathogens. Vehicle accidents with various leaking fuels, unknown cargos, downed power lines, and unsteady vehicles. Violent patients with knives, guns, clubs, or other weapons. Police shootings with hostile crowds present. Toxic chemical spills / incidents. Radiation emergencies. Excessive noise levels. Working in traffic on limited access roadways. Boat, plane, train, and vehicle accidents involving extrication. Potential involvement in vehicle accidents with the ambulance.
IMPACT OF DECISIONS:Error can result in morbidity or mortality.
DIRECT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OTHER PERSONNEL:
At the scene and in the ambulance, the EMT-B supervises police officers, fire personnel, bystanders, observers, other EMT's, physicians, nurses, and co-workers in providing pre-hospital care and treatment to the patient.
Has frequent close contact with patients and family members of all ages in settings outside of the hospital and the emergency department. Their major function is to care for, observe, and interpret the condition of an unspecified number of patients of all ages and to execute for them prescribed procedures, treatments, therapy, and other necessary actions.
Must be able to interact favorably with nurses, physicians, emergency department and other hospital staff, family members, crowds in places of public assembly, and police, fire, and other emergency services personnel. Must frequently apply the ability to influence and motivate others to obtain willing acceptance, consent, and actions.
REPORTS TO: Field Supervisor, Operations Director, Administrative Director and Owners.