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The Star of Life, a globally recognized symbol for Emergency medical services.
The Star of Life, a globally recognized symbol for Emergency medical services.

A paramedic is a medical professional, usually a member of the emergency medical service, who primarily provides pre-hospital advanced medical and trauma care. A paramedic is charged with providing emergent on-scene treatment, crisis intervention, life-saving stabilization and, when appropriate, transport of ill or injured patients to definitive emergency medical and surgical treatment facilities, such as a hospitals and trauma centers. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Star of Life The Star of Life is a blue, six-pointed star, outlined with a white border which features the Rod of Asclepius in the center, originally designed and governed by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (under the United States Department of Transportation, DOT). ... An Emergency medical service (abbreviated to initialism EMS in many countries) is a service providing out-of-hospital acute care and transport to definitive care, to patients with illnesses and injuries which the patient believes constitutes a medical emergency. ... An Emergency medical service (abbreviated to initialism EMS in many countries) is a service providing out-of-hospital acute care and transport to definitive care, to patients with illnesses and injuries which the patient believes constitutes a medical emergency. ... Emergency medical service (known by the acronym of EMS in the USA) is a branch of medicine that is performed in the field, pre-hospital, (i. ... {{Otheruses4|the medical term|the Australian television series|Medical Emergenc an immediate threat to a persons life or long term health. ... In medicine, a trauma patient has suffered serious and life-threatening physical injury resulting in secondary complications such as shock, respiratory failure and death. ...


The use of the specific term paramedic varies by jurisdiction, and in some places is used to refer to any member of an ambulance crew. In countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, the use of the word paramedic is restricted by law, and the person claiming the title must have passed a specific set of examinations and clinical placements, and hold a valid registration, certification, or license with a governing body. Even in countries where the law restricts the title, popular media has created a culture where lay persons may incorrectly refer to all emergency medical personnel as 'paramedics', even if they officially hold a different qualification, such as emergency medical technician.[citation needed] An ambulance in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico A Helicopter used as an Ambulance. ... The Star of Life, a global symbol for medical service EMTs loading an injured skier into an ambulance An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is an emergency responder trained to provide emergency medical services to the critically ill and injured. ...

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Places of work

Paramedics are employed by a variety of different organizations. Paramedic can be employed by government agencies as part of a public hospital system, as a separate municipal EMS service, or sometimes, especially in the United States, as part of a fire department. Paramedics are also employed by private sector organizations (private hospitals, private ambulance companies, corporations, mines, air ambulances, etc.). Paramedics may also work on a volunteer basis, receiving no monetary compensation for their services (i.e. Volunteer Rescue Squad / Volunteer Fire Department). For the town in the Republic of Ireland, see Hospital, County Limerick. ... Emergency medical service (known by the acronym of EMS in the USA and Canada) is a branch of medicine that is performed in the field, pre-hospital, (i. ...


Examples of skills performed by paramedics

Paramedics transport the patient to the hospital via ambulance
Paramedics transport the patient to the hospital via ambulance
A typical Paramedic/Rescue Unit of Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue in Palm Beach County, Florida.
A typical Paramedic/Rescue Unit of Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Although there is a great deal of variation in what paramedics are trained and permitted to do from region to region, some skills performed by paramedics include: Image File history File links Ambulance-Unity. ... Image File history File links Ambulance-Unity. ... PBCFR logo Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue (PBCFR) is a combination career/volunteer fire department responsible for providing Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Services, ALS Transport, Hazardous Materials Mitigation, Special Operations, Aircraft Firefighting, 9-1-1 Dispatching, Public Education, Fire Inspections, Fire Investigations, and Building Plans Review for unincorperated Palm Beach... Palm Beach County is a county located in the state of Florida. ...

  • Emergency Operations
    • Emergency Vehicle Response
    • Emergency Scene Operations
    • Patient Extrication and Rescue
    • Mass Casualty Triage and Staging
    • Emergency Medical Transport
    • Radio Communications and Notifications
  • Basic Life Support
    • Rescue Breathing and CPR
    • Obstructed Airway Maneuvers
    • Splinting and Bleeding Control
    • Cervical Spinal Immobilization
    • Oxygen Therapy and Vital Signs
    • Medical and Shock Trauma Assessment
  • Advanced Life Support
    • Asthma and Respiratory Crisis Intervention
    • Treatment of Anaphylaxis/Severe Allergic Reactions
    • Drug Therapy for Diabetic Shock and Seizures
    • Pharmalogical Stabilization of Cardiogenic Shock
    • Chemical Sedation, Restraint, and Analgesia
    • Intravenous Fluid Replacement Therapy
    • Drug Therapy for Pre-eclampsia/Post-Partum Hemorrhage
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support - ACLS Such as:

Electric and medicinal treatment of cardiac arrest Basic life support (BLS) is a specific level of prehospital medical care provided by trained responders, including emergency medical technicians, in the absence of advanced medical care. ... Advanced Life Support (ALS) is a treatment consensus for cardiopulmonary resuscitation in cardiac arrest and related medical problems, as agreed in Europe by the European Resuscitation Council, most recently in 2005. ... Advanced cardiac life support or (ACLS) refers to a set of clinical interventions for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest and other life threatening medical emergencies, as well as the knowledge and skills to deploy those interventions. ... Typical view of defibrillation in progress, with the operator at the head, but clear of contact with the patient Defibrillation is the definitive treatment for the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. ... Through electricity or drug therapy, cardioversion converts heart arrhythmias to normal rhythms. ... Transcutaneous pacing (also called external pacing) is a temporary means of pacing a patients heart during a medical emergency. ... The phrase cardiac monitoring generally refers to continuous electrocardiography with assessment of the patients condition relative to their cardiac rhythm. ... “QRS” redirects here. ...

  • Pediatric care, such as Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP);
  • Trauma care, such as Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) or Basic or Advanced Trauma Life Support (BTLS or ATLS);
  • Medical Care, such as Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)
  • Basic and advanced airway management, including:
    • Visualization the airway by use of the laryngoscope
    • removal of foreign bodies with Magill forceps;
    • Endotracheal and nasotracheal intubation;
    • Esophageal intubation using an EOA (now discontinued), LMA or a CombiTube;
    • Rapid Sequence Intubation (RSI);

Paramedics in most jurisdictions administer a variety of emergency medications; the individual medications vary widely based on physician medical director preference, local standard of care, and law. These drugs may include Adenocard (Adenosine) that will slow the heart for a short period of time to Atropine that will speed a heartbeat that is too slow, sympathomimetics like dopamine for severe hypotension (low blood pressure) and cardiogenic shock. Diabetics often benefit from the fact that paramedics are able to give D50W (Dextrose 50%) to treat hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Medications for treating respiratory conditions such as salbutamol are common. Paramedics may also be permitted to administer medications such as those which relieve pain or decrease nausea and vomiting. Nitroglycerin, baby aspirin, and morphine sulfate may be administered for chest pain. Paramedics may also use other medications and anti-dysrhythmics like lidocaine and amiodarone to treat cardiac arrhythmias such as ventricular tachycardia. Paramedics also treat for severe pain, i.e. burns or broken bone, with narcotics like morphine sulfate, Demerol, or Fentanyl. Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is a system of Advanced Life Support applied to infants and children. ... Laryngoscope in use intubating a dummy A laryngoscope is a medical instrument that is used to obtain a view of the glottis by direct laryngoscopy. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... Rapid sequence induction (RSI, also referred to as rapid sequence intubation when performed in an Emergency Department or pre-hospital setting) is an advanced medical protocol which permits the intubation of conscious patients who require advanced airway support. ... In cricothyrotomy, the incision or puncture is made through the cricothyroid membrane inbetween the thyroid cartilage and the cricoid cartilage. ... A typical CPAP machine houses the air pump in a case lined with sound-absorbing material for quieter operation. ... In medicine, a central venous catheter (CVC or central venous line) is a catheter placed into a large vein in the neck, chest or groin, this is inserted by a physician when the patient needs more intensive cardiovascular monitoring, for assessment of fluid status, and for increased viability of intravenous... Intraosseous infusion is the process of injection directly into the marrow of the bone. ... Pulse oximetry is a non-invasive method allowing the monitoring of the oxygenation of a patients blood. ... Capnography is the indirect monitoring of carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in a patients blood. ... Thoracotomy is a surgical incision into the chest. ... A tension pneumothorax is a life threatening condition that results from a progressive deterioration and worsening of a simple pneumothorax, associated with the formation of a one-way valve at the point of rupture. ... A glucose meter is a medical device for determining the approximate amount of glucose in a drop of blood obtained by pricking the skin with a lancet. ... A medication is a drug or substance taken to reduce symptoms or cure an illness or medical condition. ... Sympathomimetic drugs are substances that mimic the effects of the hormones adrenaline and noradrenaline. ... For other uses, see Dopamine (disambiguation). ... In physiology and medicine, hypotension refers to an abnormally low blood pressure. ... Salbutamol (INN) or albuterol (USAN) is a short-acting β2-adrenergic receptor agonist used for the relief of bronchospasm in conditions such as asthma and COPD. Salbutamol sulphate is usually given by the inhaled route for direct effect on bronchial smooth muscle. ... Nitroglycerin (NG), also known as nitroglycerine, trinitroglycerin, and glyceryl trinitrate, is a chemical compound. ... Morphine (INN), the principal active agent in opium, is a powerful opioid analgesic drug. ... Lidocaine (INN) (IPA: ) or lignocaine (former BAN) (IPA: ) is a common local anesthetic and antiarrhythmic drug. ... Amiodarone belongs to a class of drugs called Vaughan-Williams Class III antiarrhythmic agent. ... A cardiac arrhythmia, also called cardiac dysrhythmia, is a disturbance in the regular rhythm of the heartbeat. ... Ventricular tachycardia (V-tach or VT) is a fast rhythm that originates in one of the ventricles of the heart. ... Morphine (INN), the principal active agent in opium, is a powerful opioid analgesic drug. ... Pethidine (INN) or meperidine (USAN) (also referred to as: isonipecaine; lidol; operidine; pethanol; piridosal; Algil®; Alodan®; Centralgin®; Demerol®; Dispadol®; Dolantin®; Dolestine®; Dolosal®; Dolsin®; Mefedina®) is a fast-acting opioid analgesic drug. ... Fentanyl is an opioid analgesic, first synthesized by Janssen Pharmaceutica (Belgium) in the late 1950s, with a potency many times that of morphine. ...


Different qualification levels across the world

United States of America

In the United States, there are 4 levels of emergency prehospital care defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which regulates prehospital education. In order of their level of training, from the most basic to the most advanced, they are Medical First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B), Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate (EMT-I), and Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P). The paramedic is the most advanced level of EMT; however, in order to avoid confusion about the level of care, in practice the term "EMT" usually refers to Emergency Medical Technicians below the paramedic level. Official paramedic insignias and laws that designate level of care have codified this custom. Paramedics in the United States, working independently and under the direction of emergency medical control physicians, normally provide the most advanced level of emergency medical care available to the general public outside of a hospital setting, the exceptions being physicians who sometimes operate with air ambulance services. A paramedic, is a highly trained medical professional who responds to and treats medical emergencies outside of a hospital. ... A certified first responder is a person who has completed forty to sixty hours of training in providing care for medical emergencies. ... The Star of Life, a global symbol for medical service EMTs loading an injured skier into an ambulance An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is an emergency responder trained to provide emergency medical services to the critically ill and injured. ... The Star of Life, a global symbol for medical service EMTs loading an injured skier into an ambulance An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is an emergency responder trained to provide emergency medical services to the critically ill and injured. ... The Star of Life, a global symbol for medical service EMTs loading an injured skier into an ambulance An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is an emergency responder trained to provide emergency medical services to the critically ill and injured. ...


Canada

Main article: Paramedics in Canada

In Canada there are 2 levels of Paramedics: the Primary Care Paramedic with limited drug protocols, the Advanced Care Paramedic with full ACLS qualification. The province of Alberta still uses the terms EMT and EMT-Paramedic. A paramedic in Canada is a highly educated medical professional that brings emergency medicine to the patient in their time of need in their home, in the street or in the vast wilderness of the country. ... A paramedic in Canada is a highly educated medical professional that brings emergency medicine to the patient in their time of need in their home, in the street or in the vast wilderness of the country. ... A paramedic in Canada is a highly educated medical professional that brings emergency medicine to the patient in their time of need in their home, in the street or in the vast wilderness of the country. ... Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) is a detailed medical protocol for the provision of lifesaving cardiac care in settings ranging from the pre-hospital environment to the hospital setting. ...


Europe and Quebec

Main article: Paramedics in France
Main article: Paramedics in Germany

In many parts of Europe and in the Canadian province of Quebec (which follows the French system), a different paradigm is used for prehospital care in which doctors, nurses and occasionally medical students function as prehospital providers, either in conjunction with or instead of paramedics. Until very recently, the French pre-hospital care strategy was based on either first responders (firemen) or prehospital medical teams (MD + nurse + ambulance driver) called Smur (service mobile durgence et de réanimation, emergency resuscitation mobile unit). ... The development of the German prehospital EMS system is largely based on the history of the unique influence of volunteer aid organizations, particularly the German Red Cross. ... // In the United Kingdom the term paramedic is protected by law and only applies ambulance practitioners who are able to achieve and maintain strict standards established by a statutory body. ...


Hong Kong

Hong Kong is currently progressing toward a system staffed with paramedics. [1].


South Africa

All health practitioners in The Republic of South Africa are regulated by a standards generating body (SGB), the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Retrograde Intubation

The Department of Education has initiated the phasing out of short course training. This is to be replaced with a mid-level worker, and a prehospital clinician. The mid-level course is 2 years in duration, and exits on a level just above what many know as Intermediate Life Support (ILS), but below Advanced Life Support (ALS). They are placed on the Emergency Care Technician (ECT) register. The clinician qualification is a four year professional degree in Emergency Medical Care (Bachelor Emergency Medical Care), and is placed on the Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) register. The ECP may perform some of the most advanced skills available to the worldwide prehospital setting, such as rapid sequence induction, Thrombolysis, and retrograde intubation. The only four institutions in the country to obtain the ECP qualification are the: Emergency Medical Care is an elite discipline, often combining Emergency Medicine with Medical Rescue. ... Rapid sequence induction (RSI, also referred to as rapid sequence intubation when performed in an Emergency Department or pre-hospital setting) is an advanced medical protocol which permits the intubation of conscious patients who require advanced airway support. ... Thrombolysis is the breakdown (lysis) by pharmacological means, of blood clots. ...

The University of Johannesburg came into existence on 1 January 2005 as the result of a merger between the former campuses of the Rand Afrikaans University, Technikon Witwatersrand, and some campuses of Vista University. ... Central University of Technology main campus is situated in Bloemfontein, while its distance-learning centre in Welkom serves students in the Goldfields area. ... The Durban University of Technology is a technical university in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. ... Cape Peninsula University of Technology was formed when the merger of Cape Technikon and Peninsula Technikon, in January 2005, occurred. ...

Medicolegal authority

Paramedics usually function under the authority of a group of physicians charged with legally establishing the emergency medical directives for a particular region. Paramedics are credentialed and authorized by these physicians to use their own clinical judgement and diagnostic tools to identify medical emergencies and to administer the appropriate treatment, including drugs that would normally require a physician order. The authority to practice in this semi-autonomous manner is granted in the form of standing order protocols (off-line medical control) and in some cases direct physician consultation via phone or radio (on-line medical control). Under this paradigm, paramedics effectively assume the role of out-of-hospital field agents to regional emergency physicians, with independent clinical decision-making authority that is typically enjoyed only by expert clinicians within the hospital setting. In certain jurisdictions, such as the United Kingdom and South Africa, paramedics may be entirely autonomous practitioners capable of prescribing medications. Medical protocol can refer to: medical guidelines for a medical treatment. ...


In the media

The 1970s television show Emergency! was a very popular series which centered on the work of paramedics in the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and the staff at the fictional Rampart Emergency Hospital. Emergency! has been widely credited with inspiring many municipalities in the United States to develop their own paramedic programs, and has inspired many to enter the fields of emergency medicine. The show was a top rated program for its entire production run (1972 - 1979), as well as in syndicated television reruns -- even inspiring a Saturday morning cartoon series. Emergency! was a popular crime drama/medical television series that was produced by Mark VII Limited (Jack Webbs company) and distributed by Universal Studios. ... Not to be confused with Los Angeles Fire Department. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Rerun van Pelt is the name of Linus and Lucys younger brother in the comic strip Peanuts. ... For other uses, see Cartoon (disambiguation). ...


Paramedics is also the name of a show on the Discovery Health Channel, which details the life and work of emergency medical squads in major urban centers in the United States. It is also the name of a 1988 Comedy which highlighted the lighter side of EMS. Paramedics (2001) is a documentary-style reality show that runs on Discovery Health Channel and occassionally on TLC and Discovery Channel. ...


Paramedic: On the Front Lines of Medicine (1998), by Peter Canning, is an autobiographical account of a paramedic's first year on the job. Rescue 471: A Paramedic's Stories (2000) is the sequel.


Bringing Out the Dead (1999), directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Nicholas Cage is one of very few films about paramedics. The main character is paramedic Frank Pierce who works in New York's Hell's Kitchen. He's become burned out and haunted by visions of the people he's failed to save including a little girl. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Joe Connelly, a former New York City paramedic. Bringing Out the Dead is a film released in 1999. ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (b. ... Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an American actor. ... View from between 47th and 48th street on Ninth Avenue looking north toward Time Warner Center and Hearst Tower Hells Kitchen, also known as Clinton and Midtown West, is a neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City that includes roughly the area between 34th Street and 57th Street, from...


Into the Breach: A Year of Life and Death with EMS (2002) Book written by J.A. Karam is the true story of paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and heavy-rescue specialists fighting to control trauma and medical emergencies. Into the Breach offers an unusual opportunity to bear witness to unimaginable suffering, heroic stoicism, and the inventiveness of American EMS workers fighting to save lives.


Parts of Third Watch (1999) were devoted to adventures of the fictional 55th precinct FDNY EMS unit, created by ER executive producer John Wells. Third Watch is an NBC television drama set in New York City that ran from 1999 to 2005. ... The Fire Department, City of New York (FDNY) has the responsibility of protecting the New York Citys five boroughs from fires and fire hazards, as well as preventing disasters like The Station nightclub fire in nearby Rhode Island, and the trampling deaths at an overcrowded building in Chicago. ... ER is an Emmy-winning American serial medical drama created by novelist Michael Crichton and set primarily in the emergency room of fictional County General Hospital in Cook County, Chicago, Illinois. ... John Wells is a theater and television producer and writer. ...


Saved (2006), a TNT series centered on fictional paramedic Wyatt Cole (Tom Everett Scott), his partner, and their chaotic lives on and off the job. Saved is a medical drama television series, which aired on TNT. Created by David Manson, Saved tells the story of Wyatt Cole, a Portland, Oregon paramedic with a rough past and a history of compulsive gambling. ... Turner Network Television, usually referred to as TNT, is an American cable TV network created by media mogul Ted Turner and currently owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner. ... Thomas Everett Scott (born September 7, 1970 in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts) is an American actor. ...


See also

A paramedic, is a highly trained health care professional who responds to and treats all types of medical and trauma emergencies outside of a hospital setting before and during transportation to an appropriate medical facility. ... A paramedic in Canada is a highly educated medical professional that brings emergency medicine to the patient in their time of need in their home, in the street or in the vast wilderness of the country. ... Until very recently, the French pre-hospital care strategy was based on either first responders (firemen) or prehospital medical teams (MD + nurse + ambulance driver) called Smur (service mobile durgence et de réanimation, emergency resuscitation mobile unit). ... The development of the German prehospital EMS system is largely based on the history of the unique influence of volunteer aid organizations, particularly the German Red Cross. ... A paramedic, is a highly trained medical professional who responds to medical and trauma emergencies in the pre-hospital setting (in-field) for the purpose of stabilizing a patients condition before and during transportation to an appropriate medical facility. ... // In the United Kingdom the term paramedic is protected by law and only applies ambulance practitioners who are able to achieve and maintain strict standards established by a statutory body. ... National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is a national EMS professional association representing all EMTs and Paramedics. ... History of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)www. ... This article is considered orphaned, since there are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Emergency Medical Care is an elite discipline, often combining Emergency Medicine with Medical Rescue. ...

References

Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Slate is an online news and culture magazine created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley and owned by Microsoft (as part of MSN). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... Health Sciences are the group of disciplines of applied science dealing with human and animal health. ... For the chemical substances known as medicines, see medication. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Advanced cardiac life support or (ACLS) refers to a set of clinical interventions for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest and other life threatening medical emergencies, as well as the knowledge and skills to deploy those interventions. ... Advanced Life Support (ALS) is a treatment consensus for cardiopulmonary resuscitation in cardiac arrest and related medical problems, as agreed in Europe by the European Resuscitation Council, most recently in 2005. ... Advanced Trauma Life Support is a training program in acute management of trauma cases, developed in 1976 by the American College of Surgeons. ... Basic life support (BLS) is a specific level of prehospital medical care provided by trained responders, including emergency medical technicians, in the absence of advanced medical care. ... CPR redirects here. ... First aid is a series of simple, life-saving medical techniques that a non-doctor or layman can be trained to perform. ... Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is a system of Advanced Life Support applied to infants and children. ... A trauma center is a hospital equipped to perform as a casualty receiving station for the emergency medical services by providing the best possible medical care for traumatic injuries 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. ... Level I trauma center provides the highest level of Surgical care to trauma patients. ... In the United States a Level II trauma center provides Emergency medicine to trauma patients who do not need the services of a Level I trauma center. ... A Level III trauma center provides Emergency medicine to trauma patients who do not need the services of a Level I or a Level II trauma center. ... A Level IV trauma center provides the stabilization and treatment of severely injured patients in remote areas where no alternative care is available. ... An ambulance in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico A Helicopter used as an Ambulance. ... A disposable BVM Resuscitator A bag valve mask (also known as a BVM or Ambu bag) is a hand-held device used to provide ventilation to a patient who is not breathing or who is breathing inadequately. ... A chest tube or chest drain is a flexible plastic tube that is inserted through the side of the chest into the pleural space. ... Typical view of defibrillation in progress, with the operator at the head, but clear of contact with the patient Defibrillation is the definitive treatment for the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. ... An automated external defibrillator, open and ready for pads to be attached An Automated External Defibrillator or AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient,[1] and is able to treat them by application... ICD An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), also known as an automated implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD), is a small battery powered electrical impulse generator which is implanted in patients who are at risk of sudden cardiac death due to ventricular fibrillation. ... “QRS” redirects here. ... Intraosseous infusion is the process of injection directly into the marrow of the bone. ... Intravenous therapy or IV therapy is the giving of liquid substances directly into a vein. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Star of Life, a global symbol for medical service EMTs loading an injured skier into an ambulance An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is an emergency responder trained to provide emergency medical services to the critically ill and injured. ... An emergency physician is a physician who works at an emergency department to care for acutely ill patients. ... For other uses, see Basics. ... Atropine is a tropane alkaloid extracted from the deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) and other plants of the family Solanaceae. ... Amiodarone belongs to a class of drugs called Vaughan-Williams Class III antiarrhythmic agent. ... Epinephrine (INN) or adrenaline (BAN) is a hormone and a neurotransmitter. ... General Name, symbol, number magnesium, Mg, 12 Chemical series alkaline earth metals Group, period, block 2, 3, s Appearance silvery white solid at room temp Standard atomic weight 24. ... 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