Becoming a Paramedic Today: Technology Rules

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For those who want to become a paramedic, embracing technology is an absolute must. In fact, a large part of the training for paramedics today revolves around the latest technical advances that help to save more lives. If you want to learn how to become a paramedic in today’s world, then you had better be prepared to embrace new technology.

Most paramedics receive standard medical training and many earn associate’s degrees as well, depending on the requirements of the state in which they live. However, training on technology available is now part of the curriculum in many states. Plus, expectations that continued advances in technology will happen in the future help fuel the effort for more educational institutions to incorporate these advancements into their studies.

Medical and Informational Technology

The major advancements in technology in the past two decades center on the growth of information sharing and advanced capabilities for new devices.

There have been many advances in medical technology, particularly over the past 20 to 30 years. From new oxygen masks, blood pressure cuffs, Intraosseous infusions, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices, Cardiac Monitors and Defibrillators and so forth. Many of these devices have actually been around for decades, but now smaller, portable versions have been created to allow paramedics to take them in their vehicles.

Informational technology allows paramedics to find and retrieve information necessary to assist the paramedic at arriving at the scene and returning more quickly than before. With every second counting, GPS software and the new Mobile Area Routing and Vehicle Location Information Systems (MARVLIS) takes paramedics to the location where they are needed as fast as possible. This type of communication also assists paramedics and dispatchers to keep track of their location and provide better estimated time of arrival (ETA) for hospitals to prepare.

How Technology Impacts the Daily Lives of Paramedics

In Dallas for example, wireless technology is now being used to save lives. Electrocardiogram (EKG) units can now send the information straight to the hospital thanks to the wireless internet system. Now paramedics can hook up an EKG to a patient when they arrive and that information is transmitted back to the hospital immediately and be viewed on the doctor’s smartphones.

Because of this advance in technology, doctors can now properly prepare the right treatment as soon as the patient arrives rather than having to conduct the tests upon arrival which can waste valuable time. For those undergoing heart attacks, this is crucial technology that is saving lives on a nearly daily basis. Called “LifeNet”, this system now allows for potential victims of heart attacks to call 911 and trust that a correct diagnosis can be made rather than take the terrible risk of driving themselves to the hospital.

There is little doubt that advancing technology will continue to play a vital role in saving people’s lives. For paramedics, the emphasis on training with these advanced devices will pay off in the long run as their services will be in far greater demand.