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Different uses of paramedic qualifications

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Paramedics are lifesavers. They risk their lives every day to save people. Most people start studying to be paramedics when they are done with high school. Some start after college. They take about five to seven years to become qualified paramedics. Almost every medical center has as many as a dozen paramedics. They work in both the private and public sector. A paramedic qualification usually runs parallel to a medical qualification. Many people who cannot qualify for a doctoral qualification choose to do a paramedic qualification. In many cases, governments fund the studies of paramedical students. This is because paramedics are an important part of the health infrastructure. Developed countries work hard to maintain a core of developed professionals. Paramedics are just as important as doctors. In the absence of doctors, they can perform all the same duties. They undergo several years of education and training. They need to complete three years of post-training experience to act as qualified paramedics. Some uses of paramedic qualification are discussed as follows: 

As support staff 

Many paramedics work in both private and public hospitals. Many hospitals teach paramedic qualifications. They work alongside doctors and nurses as supporters. They assist the other medical professionals in the execution of their duties. Their role is often a supportive one but they need to be very active. Being in a supportive role does not mean that they can be afford to be careless. Often their role is more important than their colleagues are because so much depends on them. Almost all hospitals have paramedics as part of their permanent staff. Sometimes paramedics are hired on a part time basis but this is rare. They are mostly permanent employees of an organization. Nurses are also paramedics that assist doctors. A paramedic cannot afford to be negligent. They need to be vigilant at all times. They also need to be responsive to the needs of their colleagues. Paramedics often work in pairs. In some cases, they work in teams. The way they work depends on the culture of the place and the complexity of the procedure.  

First aid 

In the case of an accident, first aid is very important. It can prevent an injury from worsening. First aid includes many different things. Paramedic qualifications cover first aid in detail. Hey describe how and what to do in case of an accident. The response has to be swift and time should never be wasted. During first aid, the first step is usually to disinfect the wound. Paramedics usually sue spirit or alcohol to do so. Spirit and alcohol kill the germs o the wound. Most paramedics prefer to use spirit, as it is cheaper and cleaner. Spirit is also more abundant and can be used in a larger quantity. This is in contrast to alcohol that is more expensive and harder to obtain. Botha re effective at killing germs and making the wound better. First aid also covers dressing the wound. 

Use in emergencies 

In cases of emergency, an urgent response is needed. Paramedic qualifications teach people to be of use in such situations. They train people to deal with such urgent cases and to respond in the nick of time. The difference of a few seconds can mean death for the affected person. Medical support staff degrees are very extensive courses covering a lot of material. This is why a typical paramedic qualification can take five to six years to complete. Only the most determined people complete such qualifications. This is why most people leave during the first or second year of the qualification. 

It can be said that more needs to be done for the profession. Not enough is being done for the colleges that teach EMT qualifications and related studies. Paramedics risk their lives every day to save people. They are not rewarded enough for their services. Medical assistant diplomas are hard to obtain because they are costly. Paramedics are at a risk of injury or infection and they are not paid enough to cover their risk. They rarely have insurance to cover their personal losses. Their dedication drives paramedics to do what they do. Governments need to look into the case and help them be more effective in their work. The governments can also make their environment safer.