Paramedics are emergency medical clinicians with strong medical training in pre-hospital care, specialising in the emergency management of the patient’s ABC (airway, breathing and circulation); but not limited to this emergency treatment. Paramedics are not doctors, however they do have very strong knowledge base and skills in topics such as:
Airway management – they can Intubate and inser LMAs
Ventilation – they can provide mechanical ventilation through Bag Valve Mask ventilation, Oxylogs, expiratory assistance (for patients with severe asthma) and in some Ambulance Services CPAP or BiPap for Acute Pulmonary Oedema.
Circulation – they can cannulate and provide fluid resuscitation for patients who are dehydrated or have lost fluids through burns or injuries, provide a multitude of inotropic drugs or cardiac drugs which improve circulations, such as adrenaline, amiodarone, and atropine for patients in bradycardia. They can also defibrillate patients who are in VF or VT.
Disability – paramedics have a wide range of skills and knowledge in the assessment of a patient’s neurological state, stroke assessment and spinal injuries.