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Published On: Mon, Feb 12th, 2018

Stephen Varanko III on How to Become an EMT and What to Expect from the Job

Stephen Varanko III wants to encourage more people who have a passion about health care to become EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians). However, he understands that this job is not for everybody. You do have to have a very strong stomach, coming face to face with trauma injuries and blood. However, if that is something that you can cope with, then the career is nothing short of amazing. You will be someone who will be there when it matters, saving the lives of people are experiencing real trauma. It truly is a chance to make a difference in other people’s lives.

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Stephen Varanko III on Educational Requirements for EMTs

If you want to become an EMT, you have to have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. It is recommended to have completed courses in health sciences, anatomy, biology, and so on. This is because these courses touch on issues that you will need to know more about as an EMT. You then have to start your EMT training. There are three levels of training and you must start at the bottom and work your way up, although you can decide to enter the workforce after every level as well. They are:

  1. EMT Basic, which usually takes around six months to complete, after which you must pass a written and practical examination. This teaches you to complete basic assessments of patients and how to manage trauma and cardiac emergencies.
  2. EMT Intermediate, which is available for those with EMT basic and work experienced. A practical and written examination is required after your training, which generally takes between 30 and 350 hours.
  3. EMT Paramedic, the highest level of all. It takes around two years to complete this, which includes a six month practical experience. You must also pass another practical and written examination. You will learn more in-depth about administering intravenous fluids and medication, how to control bleeding, the different medical equipment pieces and how to use them, anatomy, and physiology.

Stephen Varanko III on the Role of the EMT

The job of an EMT is different every day. However, you can expect to:

  • Attend unscheduled labor and even deliver babies.
  • Deal with heart attacks, drowning, gunshot wounds, and car accidents.
  • Determine how bad the illnesses and injuries of trauma victims are.
  • Recognizing poisoning, overdose, stress, and respiratory disease.
  • Administering emergency care such as bandages, splints, and CPR.
  • Setting up an intravenous treatment.
  • Determining emergency medication to be provided and administering it.
  • Taking patients to health centers and clinics by water, land, and air.
  • Writing full reports on what happened.
  • Looking after the equipment and ambulance.

Stephen Varanko III on the Job Outlook

If you become an EMT technician, your skills will be in high demand. No matter what happens, people will always have accidents and experience trauma, unfortunately. Hence, you can expect to find it reasonably easy to find work in either private or public health care centers.

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    […] that really can make a difference in the peak of an emergency. It’s something that Stephen Varanko III knows all about as well, having become one […]

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