EMT vs Paramedic

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EMT vs Paramedic

Postby jaird5708 » Thu May 22, 2008 1:04 pm

EMT and Paramedic --

whats the difference?
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Postby AntiMorpheus » Thu May 22, 2008 2:00 pm

There is no difference... paramedic is a level of EMT, the final level.
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Postby IceJBreaker » Thu May 22, 2008 2:26 pm

There is a big difference. An EMT is trained for Basic Life Support while a Paramedic is trained for Advance Life Support.

A paramedic has a much larger scope of practice. For example, paramedics can establish an IV, give medication, intubate, read EKG strips, and a lot more.

A Paramedic training course will be a lot longer than an EMT training course. Being an EMT first is a requirement for many Paramedic programs.
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Postby blooteeth » Thu May 22, 2008 2:37 pm

A paramedic is a EMT-P so they are EMT's.
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Postby will381796 » Thu May 22, 2008 6:18 pm

A paramedic is a type of EMT. Your basic EMT is an EMT-B. This usually requires something like 6 months of in-class training to get your certificate and then taking a licensing exam. A paramedic is an EMT-P and this is the final stage in the EMT job levels and requires more education. There is a big difference in what an EMT-B and what an EMT-P are capable of doing.
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