An Emergency Medical Technician is an exceptional human being ready to take on the most life threatening jobs ever and that is (in most situations) keeping someone alive!
An EMT is skilled to provide first aid care for any emergency situation until the ambulance can arrive to take the patient to a hospital for further care.
An EMT’s normal day consists of least sleep possible, outdoors most of the time and being the first one to respond to a 9-1-1 call even at 3 am!
An Emergency Medical Technician’s Typical Day could include;
- Ensuring that the ambulance/vehicle is safe to drive and fully equipped for any emergency situation!
- Breakfast is an opportunity that EMTs use for relaxation, that is (if they don’t have an emergency at that hour). They chat together and joke about recent events.
- Nap!! This is extremely important especially for EMTs whose job sometimes involves 24 hours continuous with no rest!
- Lunch and Dinner- they try chatting and relaxing during lunch though sometimes it may involve interruption from a current emergency event and they end up taking their lunches to go.
- While they have shifts, they may snuggle in bed by 9pm, try to chill and relax until the next morning.
- End of an extremely busy day! This is usually the end of their shift so all they have to do is explain to the next EMT what equipment they needed to use and how their day went. Then they are free to get home and relax!
Some EMTs would tell you that their typical day could be boring, very tiring and so on but of course every day brings with it something new. One day might be super tied up with emergencies back to back while another day brings with it just one emergency situation! They usually chill by eating, catching up on sleep or chatting with fellows.
An EMT’s job is to provide First Aid or in other words, Basic Life Support (BLS) to patients in emergency situations such as car/motorbike accidents, fire accidents, shooting/stabbing etc.
Emergency Medical Technicians usually work in shifts and could be up to 48 hours a week with a couple of days for resting. This responsibility is suitable for individuals that prefer working at night and sleeping during the day, individuals that don’t like working the standard 9 am to 5 pm jobs.
Other things included in a EMTs typical day are;
They may undergo some training.
Transporting patients to hospitals or nursing homes.
While the EMT transports a patient to the nearest hospital, he/she is required to be in close contact with medical staff about the patient’s condition and also what treatment the EMT has provided so that as soon as they arrive at the hospital, no time is wasted and the patient is quickly treated. For instance, it must be reported if the patient was suffering an asthma attack and what treatment was given i.e. an inhaler was used also note that the inhaler could be the patient’s personal or from the first aid kit.
Once the Emergency Medical Technician responds to an emergency call, he/she must fill in a report describing the incident that occurred. This report will be recorded in case this incident was a crime and needs to be further investigated later on.
Cleaning and maintaining the equipment used and the ambulance too before each emergency.
In a day, an EMT could have more than 5 emergencies simultaneously or back to back. Therefore in between responding to two emergencies, the EMT must ensure that the ambulance is disinfected and clean before the next patient is put inside and replace any equipment used.
Otherwise, their free time, the time when they don’t have any emergencies, can be used to chill, watch a movie or what most of them would go for; sleep!
Emergency Medical Technicians are required to be responsible of certain things. This includes:
- Check the ambulance thoroughly before any emergency.
- Check that all medical equipment is maintained and working.
- Being aware of street names in their city so that as soon as their 9-1-1 alarms ring they’re not stranded and know immediately where to go.
- Having full knowledge of how the medical equipment works so that at an emergency situation you’re able to treat the patient and everything goes smoothly.
- Always ready for an emergency situation be it during meals or even midnight!
- EMTs are required to possess both physical and mental strength. This is the most important especially if the situation involves carrying a patient or dealing with traumatized/depressed patients and family members or relatives.
In summary, an EMT is literally a life saver! Therefore a typical day could be scary or fun, extremely busy or quite chilled (which is rarely the case).