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Paramedic

   

Paramedics are highly trained emergency medical technicians that provide the most extensive pre-hospital care. As with other EMTs, paramedics provide patients with basic life support skills including: air way management, control of bleeding, treatment of shock, oxygen therapy, treatment of environmental emergencies, burn care, splitting and bandaging techniques, vehicle and water extraction, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency child birth. They often respond to such things as heart attacks, unexpected childbirth, car accidents, and fires. They are also responsible for explaining the situation to local hospital staff in order to expedite the triage process.

In addition to the duties described above, paramedics may administer drugs orally and intravenously, interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs), perform endotracheal intubations, and use monitors and other high-tech equipment. This profession can be physically and emotionally demanding. Paramedics must have the ability to lift, move, and secure patients using a number of immobilization and transportation techniques and devices. They must also have the emotional strength and stamina to deal with life and death situations.


Work Environment:

 

Paramedics may be employed by hospitals, rescue squads, fire and police departments, commercial ambulance services, and by private industry. They face moderate amounts of work-place hazards such as considerable kneeling, bending, and heavy lifting, exposure to diseases such as hepatitis-B and AIDS, and violence from mentally unstable patients or drug overdose victims.

High School Preparation:

 

High school subjects helpful to those preparing for a career as a paramedic are biology, chemistry, psychology, sociology, physical education, algebra, computer skills, English, driver’s education, first aid, and health occupations /medical professions education.

 

College Requirements:

 

Students entering an EMT/Paramedic training program must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma and a driver's license with a good driving record. Individuals must complete a two year Associate Degree program in emergency medical technology and pass a national certification examination given by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

For educational institutions in Mississippi
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Career Outlook:

 

Population growth and urbanization will increase demand for emergency medical technicians and paramedics by 21% - 35% over the next 10 years. The increased demand is a result of the aging population of baby boomers and because more communities are moving from volunteer EMT's and paramedics to full time paid positions. The baby boom generation will also increase the need for trained paramedics because they are more likely to experience medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes. The greatest demand for EMT's and paramedics is expected to occur in hospitals and private ambulance services.
 

 

Salary:

 

Average Annual Salary

$30,200


Salary Range

$26,000 - $44,200

 

Professional Organizations:

 

East Central Community College

P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39237
Phone: (601) 635-3237
Web: www.eccc.cc.ms.us

 

Holmes Community College

1060 Avent Drive
Grenada, MS 38901
Phone: (662) 226-0830
Web: www.holmes.cc.ms.us

 

Itawamba Community College
602 West Hill Street
Fulton, MS 38843
Phone: (662) 862-8000
Web: www.icc.cc.ms.us

 

Jones Junior College

900 S. Court Street
Ellisville, MS 39437
Phone: (601) 477-4000
Web: www.jcjc.cc.ms.us

 

MS Gulf Coast Community College

 PO Box 77
Lucedale, MS 39452
Phone: (601) 947-4201
Web: www.mgccc.cc.ms.us

 

Northwest MS Community College

P.O. Box 7045
Senatobia, MS 38668
Phone: (662) 562-3200
Web: www.northwestms.edu

 

University of MS Medical Center

2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: (601)984-1080
Web: www.umc.edu

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