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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would respond rapidly to emergency calls and give immediate medical care to injured people in potentially life-threatening situations.
You'd deal with anything from minor wounds to serious injuries caused by a major accident. You'd treat shocked and traumatised people who will rely on you to help them and ease their pain. You would often transfer critically ill patients from one hospital to another.
You'd check the patient's condition and quickly decide what action to take. You'd make calm and reasoned decisions about the right treatment and care for them.
- Use advanced life support techniques, such as electric shocks, to resuscitate patients
- Carry out surgical procedures, such as inserting a breathing tube
- Provide drugs and fluids
- Give medicines and injections
- Dress wounds and apply supports to broken bones
If you take a patient to hospital you would tell the staff about the person's condition as quickly and accurately.
You'd also keep accurate records of your cases and regularly check the ambulance equipment. You would need to respect patient confidentiality.
You could work on a traditional ambulance as part of a team or alone using a car, motorbike or bicycle. You may choose to work on a helicopter as part of the Air Ambulance Team or to join specialist teams working across a wider range of emergency situations. You'd also liaise with police and fire service crews.
Most jobs are in the National Health Service; see more about the role and conditions when working as paramedic for the Scottish Ambulance Service. You can see more about this role in the National Health Service on ambulance services paramedics on the NHS Scotland Careers website. See the learning and development section for information about career structures, progression and rates of pay.
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