Emergency Medical Services
The Emergency Medical Services programs
at IVCC include three levels: EMT-Paramedic, EMT-Basic, and Emergency Medical Responder
provide an immediate response to emergency medical 911 calls. They are usually
the first senior healthcare professional on the scene and they are responsible
for assessing a patient's condition and providing treatment and care prior to
hospital admission. Treatment may include: resuscitating and stabilizing a
patient; using high tech equipment such as a defibrillator; applying spinal and
traction splints; administering intravenous drips, drugs and oxygen. A
paramedic will attend emergencies including minor injuries, sudden illness, and
casualties arising from road and rail accidents, criminal violence, fires and
other incidents. They are usually in a two-person ambulance crew with the other
crew member being another paramedic or EMT-B.
EMT-Basics have more
limited training than a Paramedic. An EMT-Basic can provide beginning,
non-invasive emergency care and give life support under the supervision of an
EMT-Intermediate or Paramedic. Some common medical treatments that an EMT-B
might perform include: controlling bleeding; bandaging injuries; splinting
broken bones; using automated external defibrillators.
Medical Responder (First Responder)
An Emergency Medical
Responder is an entry-level emergency medical provider who functions in a variety
of pre-hospital, industrial and first responder settings, either in a paid or
voluntary capacity. An EMR frequently provides care until and EMT-B or
Paramedic arrives on the scene. The successful completion of an approved EMR course can be a
pre-requisite to pursuing training as a Fire Fighter and many Law Enforcement
programs. An EMR is taught to recognize the seriousness of a patient's
condition or extent of injuries to assess requirements for emergency medical
care and administer appropriate emergency medical care for life threatening
injuries relative to airway, breathing and circulation.
Contact Bonnie Campbell, Dean of Health Professions at 815-224-0481.