A day in a life of an EMT: Prelude

Firstly, I’d like to introduce myself for future references. I’m Mikey, a Nurse/EMT. I work in Lifeline Ambulance Rescue formerly known as Lifeline Arrows.

Here in the Philippines, most people don’t know what an EMT is. But they do know what a paramedic is, although the said term is often misused because people here don’t know what it really is. EMT stands for Emergency Medical Technician. It’s a profession by itself, providing pre-hospital emergency care to patients requiring immediate stabilization of their airway, breathing and circulation so they can reach the closest medical facility alive and as much as possible without any debilitation. The term paramedic is a skill level of an EMT; from an EMT-Basic, it goes up to EMT-Defibrillation, EMT-Intubation/Infusion, EMT-Advanced, and finally EMT-Paramedic. We don’t have Paramedic schools here yet, we only have one EMT school which is in Cubao, despite that they only offer up to the second level.. and the only existing Pinoy paramedics in the whole country are only three; they are sort of retired, and two of which are my instructors. So the next time someone introduces himself a paramedic, ask for their license. The EMT will soon be a legally recognized profession here if ever our respectable senators and congressmen ever start to talk about passing bills (starting with this one specifically) on healthcare.

Anyway, this week I am taking up the second level. It’s sort of hard, but I am hoping to get an outright passing mark. When I took the first level which was several months ago, I did quite well.. so the staff has expectations from me that I hope to live up to. It’s basically a training module for a basic technician to be adept with the use of a manual defibrillator, a 12-Lead ECG and reading various arrhythmias, and what to do with it. Pretty much, it’s like pre-hospital Advanced Cardiac Life Support without much of the bulk in medications. I wish to learn a lot from this class, and I hope I can use everything I learn in the field.

I pre-wite my posts since we had rotations here. If you are reading this, then my classes are already over and have already become a the living epitome of the third chain of survival.

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Nurse, Emergency Medical Technician, boxing enthusiast, free verse poet, and hopeless romantic. I'm currently working on to be one of the best pre-hospital medical care professionals while trying to get a job and someday I'll be a physician.
  • myonee

    Hi! May I please know the contact details, or the name of the school to take up an EMT course? thanks 🙂

  • Mikey

    http://www.psemt.org/

    this is their website. phone them for more details 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Hi there! Can I know where is that school you are talking about? I would like to enroll also.. thanks!

  • Mikey

    visit their website. see my previous post 🙂

    they have a number, phone them for more details =p

  • Earl

    I do also hope this field and profession will be further recognized.

  • Anonymous

    Before attending nursing school, I was a former army medic and EMT. Sometimes when I sit in traffic, I tell myself that it would be horrible to need pre-hospital emergency care in the Philippines as much of the golden hour would be consumed en route to the emergency room. How do EMTs in the Philippines adjust to the road conditions and the apparent disregard for ambulances running code?

  • Mikey

    that's the difficult part really, we try our best to get there as soon as possible. especially in makati during the afternoon, it's so hard to go around traffic. sometimes the dispatcher has to mobilize two ambulance units (when available) from different posts and hope at least one gets to the patient in time. one time we got lucky and passed by a generous traffic police unit, became our convoy to pave traffic and ward off disrespectful motorists 🙂

  • Anonymous

    @myonee: actually there are 2 schools of EMT existing now. One is in Espana fronting UST, the building where Goldilocks is located. Then there's one in Cubao like the one that has been mentioned by the author. There's supposed to be another one actually which is done once a year only wherein the US paramedic instructors would come here to conduct the training and are tied up with PNRC…

  • Mikey

    @people who are interested PSEMT/LSTI is the ONLY licensing body recognized abroad when it comes to the EMT profession in the Philippines nowadays. When you go out of the country, they look for your PSEMT license, if you're not affiliated then I hardly think they'd consider you.

    Emergency Medicine consultants from UP-PGH, and the two experienced Paramedics (who are the proprietors) educated in the UK are your instructors there. The one in Dapitan is a hack. if you take the USMLE.. let's just say you still have to enroll in LSTI.

    anyway just take a peek in their website

    Study and you will pass. Take it for granted and fail. Even RNs fail the finals.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to congratulate you (Mikey) for posting this topic, I'am a father of a Nurse RN/EMT and he is about to join me here in Qatar.He completed his training at LSTI and all of our EMT were came from that same training school. I am strongly supporting a call to pass a bill to fully recognized the EMT in the Philippines as a Profession…

  • Anonymous

    Sir,
    "The one in Dapitan is a hack. if you take the USMLE.. let's just say you still have to enroll in LSTI."
    Are you referring to the Dapitan Fire and Rescue Institute??