The life of an emergency responder is like the stuff movies are made of except it is in real life. They deal with accidents, heart attacks, strokes, and deaths first hand and they do so with a calm veneer that only comes with experience. If you are planning to become an emergency medical responder then you definitely need to be a quick thinker and one who can act quickly and responsibly as the life of the person depends on you.
The first step to becoming an emergency medical responder is to enroll in an emergency medical training course which usually lasts for three months. This has to be followed by a certification exam known as the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician exam in order to be licensed as an emergency medical responder. Currently, it is mandatory to be licensed in all the fifty states of the US. The license has to be renewed every 2 or 3 years and you need at least twelve hours of continuing education to maintain the active status of your license.
The job outlook for an emergency medical responder is exceptionally good when it is compared with other professions as this occupation is expected to grow at a phenomenal rate of 33% by the year 2020. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the hourly wage of an emergency medical responder was $14.60 and the annual median wage was $30,360 in 2010.
If you have made up your mind that being an emergency medical responder is what you want to be, then there are a host of certifications that you can go for simultaneously with your medical responder program that is mandatory for medical personnel. These certifications are provided by the American Heart Association and you can enroll in these courses by signing up on the Health Solutions website.
As an emergency medical responder, you will have to quickly assess situations and make close calls, and is equipped with the right skills which will help you save lives is very important. That is why it is imperative for you to take certifications which will teach you what exactly to do when a person is having a heart attack or a stroke, and how to continue ongoing assessment and management of a medical emergency.
The Acute Stroke Online course teaches you how to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and how to act fast in order to save the stroke victim’s life.
The Heartcode ACLS Part 1 course will teach you with simulated patient scenarios that are realistic so you can learn how to assess a person for heart attack and how to respond during this cardiac emergency.
The BLS for Healthcare Providers Online Part 1 course is a course that is mandatory for all healthcare personnel and it will teach you how to provide basic life support service to a person who is choking or has difficulty breathing or has stopped breathing.
The Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens Online is a course that is catered to reflect the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations for safe practices for medical personnel.
The Heartsaver Firstaid Online Part 1 is a basic course that will help you be prepared for first aid basics in medical emergencies like broken bones, bites, stings, hypothermia, and hyperthermia. You will also learn like how to bandage wounds and manage sprains.
There are several combination courses that you can also enroll in such as a combination of the BLS, CPR, and AED classes which will prepare you in the latest techniques used for basic life support, cardiopulmonary resuscitation also known as mouth to mouth resuscitation, and how to use the automatic external defibrillator.
These courses are now offered online which makes it much easier to enroll and pass the exams. You can learn in the comfort of your home and can take the exam at any time. The certification card is mailed to you in the post.