You are our local, modern-day heroes. As a paramedic, you and your team respond to the scene of an accident or sudden illness like descending saviors ready to calm, assess, and treat a medical emergency. Paramedics respond to calls day and night, in pouring rain and scorching heat, for the rich or poor. You must not shy away from the most brutal of circumstances.
There are fewer experiences more impressive than to watch paramedics do their jobs efficiently. Your are, above all, confident leaders. You must have excellent judgment and the ability to prioritize decisions and act quickly in the best interests of your patients. Your discipline and calmness in the midst of chaos is key to establishing rapport with patients, dealing with unwilling subjects, and observing safety for yourself and others at the scene as well. And your ability to function independently at an optimum level in a non-structured environment is key to your job function.
The job of paramedic does not come without its personal challenges, as men and women who work in this demanding profession are responsible legally, ethically and morally for each drug administered, conforming to a treatment protocol or algorithm appropriate for each unique situation. You must work within a defined scope of practice adhering to the standard of care, observe and document the effects of the drugs administered, keep abreast of changes, trends and contraindications in administration and use of these drugs and understand, through interview and observation techniques, which drugs are appropriate to patients based on signs and symptoms. The invasive techniques you use must become second nature to you, leaving no doubt that the prescribed treatment is being given to each and every accident or illness victim.
As a paramedic, you must be able to deal with adverse and often dangerous situations, including responding to calls in districts known to have high crime and mortality rates. Your commitment to working with people must be unconditional, carrying with it a solid emotional stability, a tolerance for high stress, and the ability to meet the physical and intellectual demands put on you.
The mere nature of what you are trained to do leaves your license, issued by the California Board of Emergency Medical Services, easy prey for lawsuits and accusations, placing it in jeopardy. If you are in this position or are just finding it difficult to obtain your California paramedic’s license after seemingly doing everything right, call Rose Law at (916) 273.1260 to see how a competent license attorney can help.
Emergency Medical Technician
Usually the first responders to arrive at the scene of an accident or sudden illness, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) have become the backbone of many fire departments in both urban and suburban areas.
As an EMT, you know people’s lives often depend on your quick reaction and competent care, as you take vital signs, assess and interview victims, and providing Basic Life Support (BLS) while assisting paramedics. Whether responding to automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, smoke inhalation, or gunshot wounds, you must provide immediate medical attention as well as transportation to the nearest medical facility whenever warranted.
As you sometimes work in tandem with police and other fire fighters, you assess the nature of patients’ conditions while adhering to a standard of care and prescribed treatment protocols deemed appropriate for each type of medical emergency within the scope of your duties.
Your most vital role as an EMT comes into play when you deliver victims to emergency rooms, where you report your observations and actions to emergency room physicians and staff ready to take over emergency treatment.
Often your duties as an emergency medical technician and those of the paramedic can become blurred in the eyes of the public. EMTs have limits as to the type of treatment they are permitted to perform – all non-invasive and meant to assist the paramedic or doctor. For that reason, your role can be misunderstood, making your certification, governed by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority, vulnerable to excess scrutiny and charges of neglect or inaction. Don’t try to go it alone if you are placed in this position. Call us at Rose Law today to help you navigate the bureaucratic waters of defending your EMT certification at (916) 273-1260.