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Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Sometimes refered to as the backbone of the EMS system, the EMT or EMT-Basic is trained in Basic Life Support (BLS) procedures taught during a 212 hour course.  The EMT performs limited invasive skills.  The EMT-Basic course emphasizes the development of student skills in patient assessment and examination, the recognition of signs and symptoms of illness or injury, and the use of proper procedures when rendering basic emergency medical care.  General topics covered include:  human anatomy and physiology, bleeding and shock, emergency childbirth, airway management including oxygen therapy, splinting of fractures and dislocations, medical emergencies and movement of patients.  The intent of the course is to provide the EMT with the knowledge and skills to assess and manage life-threatening injury and illness and provide rapid transport of patients to medical treatment facilities. 

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Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)

After becoming licensed as an EMT-Basic some EMTs go on to obtain training and certification as an EMT-Intermediate Technician or Advanced EMT. This requires an additional 164 hours of training beyond the primary hours to complete the initial EMT course. 

Advanced EMTs (EMT-Intermediate Technicians) are able to start IVs and administer IV fluids. They carry and administer several additional medications including nitroglycerine for chest pain, Narcan to treat opiate (heroin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, etc.) overdose, and 50% Dextrose to treat diabetics. Advanced EMTs also receive additional education into pathophysiology, anatomy, diagnostics and critical thinking skills.

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