Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a paramedic? You need to be trained and read to give emergency medical care to patients who are seriously ill and to stabilize them before they reach a hospital. Basically, you are responsible for the life of a human being. A paramedic’s goal is to assist and aid a person who is in serious need of medical attention.
As a paramedic, you will care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. The life of the patient the paramedic is attending to depends on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these individuals. You will also be responsible for responding to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities for further help. But before you do any of this, you need to be prepared. Becoming a paramedic typically involves completing a postsecondary educational program. In all 50 states, paramedics must be licensed. Keep in mind that requirements vary by state, so you may need further licenses or training. You will be educated on physiology, cardiology, pharmacology and respiratory interventions, to name a few. Do you think you know as much as a paramedic? Take a moment to complete this quiz and find out!
What does ECG stand for?
Exercise control group
Emergency coordination group
Electrical chemical group
ECG stands for electrocardiogram. Sometimes it’s also abbreviated as EKG. A doctor might suggest you get an electrocardiogram to check for signs of heart disease.
Early in the morning you are assigned to attend the scene of a shooting. Just as you arrive, you see a young girl, no more than 2 years old. As an EMT, what would be the right first action to take in this situation?
Park and call 911
Immediately pick up the girl and call 911
Asses for and identify any possible threats to your personal safety
You would identify any possible threats first. We all want to help someone in need right away, but in order to do so, you need to be safe (and alive).
A child is born with one or both nostrils blocked by bony tissue. What is this condition referred to as?
Choanal atresia is a condition in which a child is born with one or both nostrils blocked by bony tissue. If both nostrils are blocked, the baby may be unable to breath right after birth and may need to be resuscitated.
When you have just administered norepinephrine to a cardiac patient, you should expect all of the following reactions EXCEPT:
Increased heart rate
Increased peripheral resistance
Decreased heart workload
Norepinephrine is helpful in that it can get the blood pressure up when treating a hypotensive patient. Therefore, you should expect all of the above reactions except a decrease in the heart’s workload.
A 4-year-old has recently been diagnosed with strep throat. The child is in respiratory distress and says she cannot swallow properly. She has to sit upright to breathe comfortably and is drooling. What does the child most likely have?
The sitting position and drooling give it away. These are all signs of laryngitis.
Which of the following is not considered to be a traditional parenteral route of administering a medication?
The rectum is not considered to be a traditional parenteral route of medication administration. Rectal administration is considered to be an enteral route, because the rectum belongs to the digestive tract.
You are performing a bone marrow aspiration on a patient. Suddenly, there is a decrease in resistance while inserting the needle into the bone, but you are unable to aspirate any bone marrow or blood with a syringe. What should you do next?
Pull back on the needle and aspirate a second time
Flush the needle with saline and observe for infiltrate
If you can’t aspirate blood or bone marrow after a sudden decrease in resistance, this might not necessarily have anything to do with a needle misplacement; it's possible the needle. Therefore, you should flush the needle with saline and observe for infiltrate, or a buildup of foreign substance.