EMT Qualifications

EMT qualifications include being emotionally stable, having good dexterity, agility, and physical coordination, and being able to lift and carry heavy loads.  EMTs also need good eyesight (corrective lenses may be used) with accurate color vision.  Many employers require a criminal background check.  EMT qualifications and skills include:

  • Spinal injury management, including immobilization and safe transport.
  • Fracture management, including assessment, splinting, and use of traction splints where appropriate.
  • Obstetrics, assessment, assisting with uncomplicated childbirth, recognition of and procedures for obstetrical emergencies, such as breech presentation, cord presentation, placental abruption.
  • Management of burns, including classification, estimate of surface area, recognition of more serious burns, and treatment.
  • Assessment and evaluation of general incident scene safety.
  • Effective verbal and written reporting skills (charting).
  • Routine medical equipment maintenance procedures.
  • Routine radio operating procedures.
  • Triage of patients in a mass casualty incident.
  • Emergency vehicle operation

Information on this page summarized from:
(1)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics,  http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos101.htm

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