Guest Post, Jennifer Birch

Jennifer Birch is a freelance journalist who asked if she could submit a guest post about EMS and how it works from a layman’s perspective. Considering I already know everything, I thought it would be a good idea. And it was:

Thank you Jennifer!

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Emergencies can happen anytime of the day. It can be due to accidents, both man-made and natural, or in some scenarios, they can be a matter of personal health. These delicate situations are handled by a group of highly trained individuals, on-call to assist anyone in need. They are called the Emergency Medical Services (EMS). To them, the most challenging part of EMS is the pressure of having to immediately administer a medical care while “on-the-road” and in the so-called “golden-hour” (an hour after a traumatic incident) of a patient.

To better understand the risky task of being an EMS, we’ll elaborate below the various daily duties of the brave emergency response team.


Round-the-clock Ambulance

Ambulance services are 24/7 emergency pre-hospital medical care provided by either the government or on behalf of private health sectors. As soon as they have received a tip from local PDs and/or sheriffs (through 911 calls), they are ready to assemble and deploy an Ambulance Service with an entire EMS squad to the area of the incident. They are also responsible for fact-checking information as quickly as possible before responding to the area.


Inside The Ambulance

The emergency ambulance service ideally includes an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), a paramedic, a nurse, and a doctor. The doctors are always stationed in the receiving emergency room, preparing the equipment and facility for the patient’s arrival. The team that goes to the area of accident are called the paramedics.

In some scenarios, patients are transported in what we call “air ambulance” or an aircraft providing medical assistance in critical and life-threatening situations. Just like the typical land-based healthcare facilities, air ambulances are equipped with heart defibrillators, splints, oxygen, intravenous drips, EGC monitors, ventilators, and stretchers.

Once the paramedics arrive at the scene of emergency, they immediately evaluate the situation and the condition of the affected party, and decide whether they have to take them to the hospital or simply treat the patients, on-the-spot. Inside the ambulance, they can provide first-aid treatments and early medical assistance. In case the doctor is absent, the paramedics and ambulance technicians are all well-trained, with the skills needed to profuse bleeding, cardiac arrests, road accidents, and fall injuries.

This makes the job, or even the hiring process (and training) more challenging. In the UK, the  Health Professional Council (HPC) themselves are the only office responsible for the accreditation grant for prospective paramedic professionals. Applicants must pass the following areas, as highlighted by how2become:

·         Intellectual, personal, and presentation qualities

·         Professional awareness and commitment

·         Academic assessment


The Doctor Will Take Care of You

Upon arrival, the paramedics will tell the doctor about the first aid treatments applied as well as their initial evaluation. The process is performed in a very fast manner. If the patient needs an operation, the doctor will instantly schedule a session the soonest time possible. But, they still have to check for further complications like diabetes that may hinder the process. For unstable vitals, the patient might be further evaluated and taken care by the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).


A career in EMS may be complicated, but a fulfilling one. They serve as an integral part of the society by saving people’s lives. Hopefully, in this post, we’ve helped you fully understand how the process of emergency medical attention is administered to them in times of need. For all your other questions about EMS, kindly post a response below this entry.



 About the Author

Jennifer Birch is a freelance journalist especially interested in healthcare and medical technologies. One day, she hopes to take a degree in medicine and practice her profession to save thousands of lives. Interact with her on Twitter and Google +.

1 Comment

  • Gary says:

    In addition lay people taking first aid training courses can enhance the life prospects of people with life threatening conditions

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