EMS Abounds
Exceptional EMS Education by Kevin Jenckes

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Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services are the services available to render care to an individual requiring emergency medical care.  Many providers are involved at the scene and in the hospital.  Below are the levels of care that you may see depending on the area that you live and the resources available.

Emergency Medical Responder
An EMR is a person who has completed a course and received certification in providing pre-hospital care for medical emergencies. They have more skill than someone who is trained in basic first aid but they are not a substitute for advanced medical care rendered by emergency medical technicians, emergency physicians, nurses, or paramedics. 

Emergency Medical Technician
Emergency Medical Technician-Basic is the entry level of prehospital emergency medical provider in the United States. EMT-s are employed in a variety of industries. EMTs are not trained to provide definitive medical care, but instead focus on rapid in-field treatment and transport to higher medical providers. EMTs work in conjunction with other medical providers such as paramedics, nurses, and physicians, as well as with other EMTs. When operating in the prehospital environment, their actions are governed by protocols and procedures set by their system's physician medical director.  


Advanced EMT (previously EMT-Intermediate)
An Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is a midlevel provider of prehospital emergency medical provider in the United States. The AEMT is not intended to deliver definitive medical care, but rather to augment prehospital critical care and provide rapid on-scene treatment. AEMTs are most commonly employed delivering prehospital emergency care in ambulances, working in conjunction with EMTs and Paramedics. As a mid level provider of prehospital emergency medical care, the AEMT is typically authorized to provide more advanced medical treatment than the EMT and is typically authorized to provide limited advanced life support.


Paramedic
A Paramedic is a medical professional, usually a member of the emergency medical services, who primarily provides pre-hospital advanced medical and trauma care. A paramedic is charged with providing emergency on-scene treatment, crisis intervention, life-saving stabilization and transport of ill or injured patients to definitive emergency medical and surgical treatment facilities, such as hospitals and trauma centers. 
    
Abounds:
      1: to be present in large numbers or in great quantity : be prevalent;                    2: to be copiously supplied 
                          (Merriam-Webster dictionary)

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