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Do You Want to Be an EMT? Here's What you Need to Know.

Published: November 9, 2016

You’ve seen them hundreds of times on television and the movies. You may have even seen an EMT in action in real life. But have you ever considered what it takes to become an Emergency Medical Technician? Here’s what you need to know about this rewarding healthcare career:

No typical day: If you worked in an office, you’d pretty much know what to expect each day. As an EMT, you may never know for sure just where you’ll be heading into or what you might encounter. Traffic accidents, fires, natural disasters, and even terrorist attacks may all require your training and expertise.

Arrive on the scene: As a first responder, you need to make a quick assessment about what happened, what’s still happening, and what you can do to help. Let’s say it’s a car crash. You hop right to it and get to the victim, right? Not so fast! You won’t do anyone any good if you become a victim yourself. First you need to make sure the area is secure. Among those first steps you might take are:


·         Put on your own protective gear

·         Assess possible dangers on the scene

·         Secure the area

·         Divert others from the accident scene 


Attend to the victims: Using the AVPU scale, you’ll determine the condition of the victims and what you can do to stabilize them for transport. AVPU stands for Alert, Verbal, alert to Pain or Unresponsive. Once you understand what you’re facing you’ll be better able to perform the necessary treatments to stabilize your patient and transport them to an emergency healthcare facility. With that traffic victim, just a few of the procedures you might perform include:

·         Make sure the victim is breathing

·         Perform CPR if necessary

·         Control bleeding/apply bandages

·         Immobilize your patient’s neck, back and extremities

·         Splint fractures

·         Transport

Your knowledge, training and ability to stay calm in crisis situations as an EMT will help you to save lives. If you’ve ever been curious about this rewarding career, check out the EMT program at Charter College. We’ll teach you the basics of anatomy and physiology and much more, including:

·         Patient triage  

·         Airway management

·         Hemorrhage control

·         Spinal immobilization

·         Treatment of cardiac arrest

·         Treatment of shock

·         Medication administration

Find out more by filling out the form on this page, or by giving us a call at 888.200.9942.