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29-2042.00 - Emergency Medical Technicians


Assess injuries and illnesses and administer basic emergency medical care. May transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.


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Tasks
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Tasks
The tasks listed below can be performed to prepare you for a career in this field.
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  • Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings.
  • Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
  • Attend training classes to maintain certification licensure, keep abreast of new developments in the field, or maintain existing knowledge.
  • Comfort and reassure patients.
  • Communicate with dispatchers or treatment center personnel to provide information about situation, to arrange reception of victims, or to receive instructions for further treatment.
  • Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members or police or fire department personnel.
  • Decontaminate ambulance interior following treatment of patient with infectious disease and report case to proper authorities.
  • Drive mobile intensive care unit to specified location, following instructions from emergency medical dispatcher.
  • Immobilize patient for placement on stretcher and ambulance transport, using backboard or other spinal immobilization device.
  • Maintain vehicles and medical and communication equipment and replenish first aid equipment and supplies.
  • Observe, record, and report to physician the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs or treatment.
  • Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management, or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Knowledge
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Knowledge

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All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Tools
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Tools
The tools listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Dock equipment
  • Chock blocks
 Cutting and crimping and punching tools
  • Center punches/glass hammers
  • Hacksaws
 Forming tools
  • Sledgehammers
 Medical suction and vacuum products
  • Medical suction catheters
  • Suction tubing
 Injection and aspiration needles and accessories
  • Scalp vein needles
  • Venoject needles
  • Needles
 Syringes and accessories
  • Bulb syringes
  • Syringes
  • Epi-pens
  • Preload syringes
 Restraints and accessories
  • Straitjacket
  • Restraint belts
  • Limb restraints
  • Patient restraints
 Pleural cavity drain products
  • Pleural decompression kits
 Emergency medical services extricating and immobilizing and transporting products
  • Medical anti-shock trousers MAST
  • Pneumatic anti-shock garments PASG
  • Emergency medical services cervical collars
  • Head immobilization devices
  • Multi-level wheeled cots
  • Stair chairs
  • Stretchers
  • Extrication devices
  • Full-spine immobilization devices
  • Half-spine immobilization devices
  • Spinal immobilization equipment
 Emergency medical services airway management equipment
  • Airway suction units
  • Battery-powered portable suction units
  • Fixed-suction equipment
  • Cricothyrotomy kits
 Emergency and field medical services kits
  • Intraosseous kits
  • Obstetrical OB kits
 Emergency medical services resuscitation products
  • Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AED
  • Pocket masks with one-way valves
  • Resuscitation devices
 Electrocardiography EKG units and related products
  • Electrocardiography EKG units
  • Telemetry units
 Intravenous infusion pumps and its analyzers and sensors and its accessories
  • Intravenous IV pressure infusers
  • Intravenous IV pumps
 Needleless intravenous injection and withdrawal systems
  • Interlink syringe cannulas
  • Vial access cannulas
 Casting and splinting supplies
  • Cardboard splints
  • Rigid splints
  • Splints
  • Lower extremity traction devices with ankle hitches
  • Traction splints
 Oxygen therapy delivery systems and devices
  • Fixed-oxygen equipment
  • Portable oxygen equipment
  • Wall-mounted oxygen regulators
  • Adult non-rebreather oxygen masks
  • Child oxygen masks
  • Infant oxygen masks
  • Oxygen nasal cannulae
  • Transtracheal jet insufflators
 Airway management products
  • Esophageal tracheal airway devices
  • Endotracheal ET tubes
  • Meconium aspirators
  • Endotracheal ET tube holddown devices
  • Nasopharyngeal airways
  • Oropharyngeal airways
 Intubation supplies
  • Curved adult blades
  • Curved pediatric blades
  • Laryngoscopes
  • Straight adult blades
  • Straight pediatric blades
  • Adult stylets
  • Adult Magill forceps
  • Esophageal intubation detection devices
  • Patient CO2 monitors
 Resuscitation supplies
  • Bag valve mask BVM resuscitators
  • Valve mask resuscitators
 Computers
  • Notebook computers
  • Desktop computers
 Safety apparel
  • Bulletproof vests
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Technology
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Technology
The technologies listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Content authoring and editing software
  • Microsoft WordHOT
  • Microsoft PowerPointHOT
  • Microsoft ExcelHOT
 Data management and query software
  • Epocrates
  • HyperTox
  • Informed EMS Field Guide
  • Iterum eMedic
  • Medical Wizards ER & ICU ToolBox
  • Medical Wizards ER Suite
  • Medical Wizards Paramedics ToolBox
  • Mosby's Drug Consult
  • PEPID EMS
  • Palmtree EMS Field Reference Guide
  • Palmtree Pocket EKG
  • Skyscape
  • Skyscape Rosen and Barkin's 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult
  • TechOnSoftware HazMatCE Pro
 Industry specific software
  • MEDITECH softwareHOT
  • MedDataSolutions Regist*r
 Operating environment software
  • Microsoft operating system
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Certifications
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Certifications
The certifications listed below are useful to pursue if you are interested in a career in this field.
No specific certifications are listed for this career
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Licensing
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Licensing
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Related Programs
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Programs related to this career, offered by participating institution(s), are listed below.

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Blue Ridge Community College
Brightpoint Community College
Central Virginia Community College
Danville Community College
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Laurel Ridge Community College
Mountain Empire Community College
Mountain Gateway Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Patrick & Henry Community College
Paul D. Camp Community College
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Rappahannock Community College
Southside Virginia Community College
Southwest Virginia Community College
Tidewater Community College
Virginia Highlands Community College
Virginia Peninsula Community College
Virginia Western Community College
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