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EMT - The Bronx
GENERAL SUMMARY: The EMT-B is responsible to provide high quality emergency and non-emergency basic life support and transportation to patients while providing exceptional customer service. The EMT-B is certified to operate an emergency vehicle and provides prehospital basic life support (BLS). The standard of practice of the EMT-B shall be in accordance with the most current edition of the US DOT “Emergency Medical Technician: National Standard Curriculum”, as modified by the NYS DOH and NYC REMAC.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
- Responds to calls when dispatched.
- Reads maps, may drive ambulance to emergency site using most expeditious route permitted by weather and road conditions.
- Observes all traffic ordinances and regulations.
- Uses appropriate body substance isolation procedures.
- Assesses the safety of the scene, gains access to the patient, assesses extent of injury or illness.
- Extricates patient from entrapment.
- Communicates with dispatcher requesting additional assistance or services as necessary. Determines nature of illness or injury.
- Visually inspects for medical identification emblems to aid in care (medical bracelet, charm, etc.)
- Uses prescribed techniques and equipment to provide patient care.
- Provides additional emergency care following established protocols.
- Assesses and monitors vital signs and general appearance of patient for change.
- Makes determination regarding patient status and priority for emergency care using established criteria. Reassures patient, family members and bystanders.
- Assists with lifting, carrying and properly loading patient into the ambulance.
- Avoids mishandling patient and undue haste.
- Determines appropriate medical facility to which patient will be transported.
- Transports patient to medical facility providing ongoing medical care as necessary enroute.
- Reports nature of injury or illness to receiving facility.
- Asks for medical direction from medical control physician and carries out medical control orders as appropriate.
- Assists in moving patient from ambulance into medical facility.
- Reports verbally and in writing observations of the patient's emergency and care provided.
- Complies with regulations in handling deceased, notifies authorities and arranges for protection of property and evidence at scene.
- Replaces supplies, properly disposes of medical waste.
- Properly cleans contaminated equipment according to established guidelines/policies.
- Checks all equipment for future readiness.
- Maintains ambulance in operable condition.
- Ensures cleanliness and organization of ambulance, its equipment and supplies.
- Determines vehicle readiness by checking operator maintainable fluid, fuel and air pressure levels.
- Maintains familiarity with all specialized equipment.
- Must assist in weighing patients at hemodialysis centers and assist with other similar tasks as requested by a facility.
- Must demonstrate competency in assessment of a patient, handling emergencies using Basic Life Support equipment and techniques.
- Must be able to perform CPR, control bleeding, provide non- invasive treatment of hypoperfusion, stabilize / immobilize injured bones and the spine, manage environmental emergencies and emergency childbirth.
- Must be able to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED).
- Must be able to assist patients with self-administration or administer emergency medications as described in state or local protocol.
PHYSICAL STRENGTH REQUIRED:
- Must be able to lift a minimum of 250 pounds with assistance from one other qualified individual.
- Must be able to lift and move a 50-75 lb. ambulance stretcher with the help of one qualified individual.
- Must be able to lift a 175 lb. patient (in various positions, i.e., while lying on the floor, the bed, in an automobile, etc.) with the help of one qualified individual onto a stretcher.
- Must be adaptive to work in all types of weather conditions, including, but not limited to, rain, snow, heat, etc.
- Due to the uncontrolled environment in which the EMT-B works, he/she may be subjected to predisposing themselves to be at risk for:
A. bodily harm
B. exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Minimum Education: Must possess a High School Diploma or equivalent. Where applicable and as required must maintain Continuing Education.
- Contact With Others: Co-workers, clients, patients and families, medical personnel. Must be able to write, read and speak English fluently.
- Analytical Demands: Must be able to think and act calmly and quickly in emergency situations.
- Certification, Licensure, Registration: Licensed as an EMT-B by the State Division of Emergency Medical Services and maintained in good standing. Must possess a current American Heart Association CPR certification and maintain in good standing. Must possess a valid New York State Driver's License in state of, and be eligible for driving privileges based on current policies and procedures.