A Rapid Responder Paramedic is genrally a senior paramedic, often trained to Intensive Care Paramedic levels, who works as a single paramedic from a smaller, faster, and more agile vehicle. The purpose of the Rapid Responder Paramedic is to provide urgent advanced medical treatments, while waiting for an Ambulance to arrive and transport certain patients.
As a Rapid Responder Paramedic, you are not capable of transporting patients, but may often assist other crews in stabilising and transporting.
Benefits of Rapid Responders
The benefits of Rapid Responder Paramedics is the fact that they can allow a single intensive care paramedic to reach the critical patients sooner and back up general paramedics, who may lack the experience or the authority to perform advanced medical procedures such as intubation and advanced drug management, such as cardiac drugs.
Most Ambulance Services throughout the world now utilise the aid of Rapid Responder Paramedics.