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Paramedics of the Australian Capital Territory Ambulance Service during training
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Names Paramedic
Activity sectors
Health care
Fields of
Ambulance; Hospital; Pre-Hospital; Transport
Related jobs
Emergency medical technician
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putting a patient into an ambulance

A paramedic is a health care professional who works for the emergency medical services, usually on an ambulance. They help people who have been injured or become ill very suddenly.

Paramedics use a variety different techniques and protocols to decide what the problem is and treat the patient at the scene. If it is needed, they then take the person to a hospital in the ambulance. They try to prevent the condition of the person from getting worse before they reach the hospital, where doctors and nurses will take over care. A paramedic is trusted by the people and can be part of every kind of unstable situations and emergency.

People often use the term "paramedic" for anyone who works on an ambulance. However, not all ambulance crew have paramedic as their job title. "Emergency Medical Technicians" or "Emergency Care Assistants" do similar work but have less training. Some ambulances also have doctors and nurses. In many countries, the title of "paramedic" is for those who have taken a specific training course.

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