OCCUPATION THESAURUS

EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
Emergency Medical Responders (also called EMTs, medics, and paramedics in various parts of the world) are some of the first people on-site in an emergency situation. Alongside other first responders, they provide aid in the aftermath of vehicle and worksite accidents, personal assaults, neglect cases, health-related emergencies (like a heart attack, stroke, or seizure), and other scenarios where people require medical attention. After assessing and treating patients with urgent and often life-threatening needs, they transport them to an appropriate medical facility. Upon arrival, EMRs advise emergency room personnel about the patient's condition.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
In most places, EMRs must be at least 18 years old with a high school degree and no criminal record. There are three levels of certification that a person in this field can receive: basic, intermediate, and paramedic.

The basic course teaches general life support treatments along with many non-invasive procedures (such as CPR and splinting a broken bone). An intermediate certification is more complex, allowing EMRs to intubate and insert IVs. The highest level EMRs are paramedics. Their certification allows them to administer medication (in some states), clean wounds, and read X-rays or lab results. EMRs must complete this two-year course and an internship in a hospital or ambulance to become certified at this level.

USEFUL SKILLS, TALENTS, OR ABILITIES:

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EMOTIONAL WOUNDS THAT MAY HAVE FACTORED INTO THIS OCCUPATION CHOICE:
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SOURCES OF FRICTION:
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PEOPLE THEY MIGHT INTERACT WITH:
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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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