What are the different levels of EMTs?
Three different levels of certification exist within the world of EMTs to help workers continue gaining skills, responsibilities, and higher pay. Want to know more in detail? Here is the rundown.
The EMT-Basic provides assessment and basic medical aid for the ill or injured patient.
The EMT Intermediate provides more in-depth care. They may use advanced airway management, intravenous therapy, and administration of medicines beyond that of the EMT-B.
The paramedic. The word paramedic is derived from Latin meaning before the hospital. They provide advanced pre-hospital care to patients. In addition to basic care, Paramedics insert IVs, use a wide variety of medications, place endotracheal tubes for advanced airway management, conduct 12 lead EKG interpretation, and perform other advanced techniques, including certain surgical procedures. Paramedics receive specialized training in a variety of pre-hospital skills in addition to their initial courses.
Also, classification and training for EMTs in rural communities may blur the lines between levels based on the guidance from local Medical controls in the regional hospitals or state authorities.