The emergency medical technology field is full of opportunities for people who want to make a difference in others' lives in a challenging, fast-paced environment. For example, all firefighters are trained as EMTs, and emergency medical service providers most often give emergency care to patients in a pre-hospital setting. They care for patients on the scene and transport them to a medical facility, if necessary. EMS providers respond to incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, drownings, gunshot wounds and childbirth.
- Assessing the patient.
- Managing respiratory, trauma and cardiac emergencies.
- Using advanced airway devices, intravenous fluids and some medications.