Emergency medical technician facts for kids
What Can EMTs Do?
EMTs used to be called "ambulance drivers," but now this name is thought of as insulting. There are many things that EMTs can do (other than drive the ambulance), like:
- Do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and give electric shocks to a person's chest if their heart is beating in a way that could kill them
- Give oxygen (or force oxygen into a person's lungs) if they stop breathing or are not breathing well enough to survive
- Insert a breathing tube down someone's windpipe to help them breathe better
- Stop hemorrhaging (bleeding so bad that it will kill a person if not stopped)
- Treating burns
- Treat very bad physical trauma (injuries)
- Deliver a baby
- Treat broken bones, dislocated joints, sprains, and wounds
In the United States, each state gets to decide exactly what their EMTs can do. Things like the examples in the list above are things that every EMT in every state can do. But each's states treatment protocols - their rules for what their EMTs can do - are different. For example:
- In Massachusetts, EMTs can give medicines to treat heart attacks, breathing emergencies (like asthma attacks), anaphylaxis, very low blood sugar, and overdoses on opiates like heroin and oxycodone.
- In New Hampshire, EMTs are allowed to place a rescue airway in a patient who cannot breathe. This means they will place a tube down the patient's throat, then force oxygen into the lungs through the tube.
Images for kids
EMTs tend to a woman with a spiral fracture at a roller derby bout.
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