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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