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Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs)

Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs), formerly known as first responders, are part-time employees within their communities who are certified by the State of Wisconsin. They are dispatched when an ambulance is called and often arrive prior to the arrival of an ambulance and provide care and sometimes life-saving interventions such as rescue breathing, defibrillation, or bleeding control before the ambulance arrives. EMRs can also administer some emergency medications depending on their training and medical protocols. After the ambulance arrives, EMRs continue to assist in patient care and play an important role in scene management, lifting help, and safety. Wisconsin Act 113 allows EMRs to act as part of a licensed ambulance crew during transport to the hospital. Mountain Ambulance utilizes EMRs in this capacity often. An emergency medical responder course is approximately 70 hours.
Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Sometimes referred 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 170 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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