Role and Professional Responsibility of a PHECC* Registered Paramedic
Paramedics are skilled emergency medical care practitioners who are trained to, and maintain a, high standard of professional competence. The role of a paramedic includes assessing of the needs of a patient, making informed clinical decisions, planning and delivering appropriate interventions whilst monitoring a patient’s condition. Compared to the next lower level on the PHECC register (EMT), a paramedic possesses a higher skill set in patient management and has authorisation to a greater range of medications. In addition, the concept of professional development is a more significant aspect of this grade. A paramedic focuses on the delivery of immediate, often life-saving patient care in diverse settings, primarily outside of the traditional hospital environment. A paramedic is the minimum practitioner level that is trained for transporting inter-facility patients who are defined as Acuity Levels “Acute Non Emergent Care”, “Acute Emergent Care” and “Mobile Intensive” (Ref: PHECC’s Inter Facility Patient Transfer Standard). Paramedics will also be dispatched in response to the full spectrum of patients defined as Clinical Status Category “Life threatening”, “Serious not life threatening” and “Non serious or life threatening” (Ref: PHECC’s EMS Priority Dispatch Standard). By performing their role a paramedic aims to prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. In addition, paramedics provide routine medical cover and pre-hospital emergency care services at corporate, sporting and recreational events.
*PHECC: Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council – www.phecc.ie