Essential Skills and Work Habits in Action Part A - Paramedic

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Essential Skills and Work Habits in Action Video
Part A: Paramedic

Siobhan Carlin, Paramedic: [We see a screenshot of her face as she is speaking.] A paramedic is one of those careers that are very misunderstood. [Screenshot of an ambulance travelling down a four-lane road] We are the highest medical authority on any scene.
Siobhan Carlin, Paramedic: [Screenshot of the paramedic driving the ambulance] We basically bring the emergency room to any patient's home, scene, accident. [Screenshot of the paramedic's male partner in the passenger seat of the ambulance] What a doctor would do, we do right then and there. [We see a screenshot of the paramedic equipment in the front of the ambulance which has various white buttons outlined in red, yellow and green together with black dials. The paramedic picks up the handheld communication device on the left side of this piece of equipment.]
Siobhan Carlin, Paramedic: [Screenshot of the paramedic getting out her door of the ambulance. She shuts the door and moves around to the back of the ambulance.] There are many different skills that you improve upon as you go through your life as a paramedic. [We see a screenshot of her face as she is speaking.] It's very important to continue to improve upon them and develop them further to enable you to do your job better.
Siobhan Carlin, Paramedic: [Screenshot of the paramedic and her partner in the back of the ambulance with a male patient between them on a stretcher. The patient is sitting up.] Hi, there, my name is Siobhan and that's my partner, Murray. What seems to be the problem today?
Siobhan Carlin, Paramedic: [The patient is moving his hands to describe his symptoms to the Paramedic; however, no dialogue is heard.] Before I was a paramedic, I was a customer service representative at a Bank. [The paramedic uses her stethoscope to listen to the patient's lungs.] It's very important to have a customer service background [Screenshot of her partner's back sitting on a chair while using equipment on the back wall of the ambulance.] or ability in order to deal with many different patients and family members on many different levels in many different situations. [Screenshot of her partner placing an oxygen mask over the patient's mouth and nose] Another important attitude to have is initiative. [We see a screenshot of her face as she is speaking.] Although, often times, in every single call that we do we have to work together as a team, [We see a screenshot of her passing equipment to her partner in the back of the ambulance.] it is important to be able to understand that we essentially run the call on our own—we're the medical authority on any in particular call. [We see a screenshot of her partner placing the ECG tab's on to the patient's chest.]
Siobhan Carlin, Paramedic: [Speaking to the patient.] Okay, so, Clement, how old are you?
Clement: [Speaking to the Paramedic.] Thirty-five.
Siobhan Carlin, Paramedic: [Speaking to the patient.] You're thirty-five. Other than asthma, do you have any other medical problems?
Siobhan Carlin, Paramedic: One of the skills that's very important in this job is oral communication. [We see a screenshot of her face as she is speaking.] We gather information from patients, family, and then relay that information on to nurses and doctors once we get to the hospital.
Siobhan Carlin, Paramedic: [We see a screenshot of her working on a computer tablet in the back of the ambulance.] Document use is a very important skill that we do in paramedicine. [We see a screenshot of her working through the various components of the report and inserting information on to the computer.] We have to gather past medical history, medications, allergies, chief complaints and history of every single patient we come in contact with. [We see a screenshot of her face as she is speaking.] Once we do that, we have to transcribe that onto a patient care report that documents all the findings that we gather on any particular call that we do.
Siobhan Carlin, Paramedic: [We see a screenshot of the paramedics working with the patient in the back of the ambulance.] So data analysis is another important skill. [We see a screenshot of her placing a cardiac monitor on to the finger of the patient.] Specifically, we use a cardiac monitor on every single patient that we come in contact with. [We see a screenshot of her face as she is speaking.] From that cardiac monitor we gather heart rate, oxygen saturation, and rhythm of the heart. [We see a screenshot of the paramedics working with the patient in the back of the ambulance.] And then we basically treat a patient according to the findings.
Siobhan Carlin, Paramedic: [Speaking to the patient.] Okay, all right, well take some nice deep breaths of that Ventolin and that's going to help you in a few short minutes, I'm sure.
Location/Activity: Kitchen of the Ambulance Centre

Siobhan Carlin, Paramedic: [We see the Paramedic walk into the Kitchen which is equipped with a fridge, a table and four blue chairs. She opens the fridge door and removes her lunchbag.] One of the things that is very interesting about this job [We see a screenshot of her face as she is speaking.] is the need to perform safely. You need a certain amount of physical strength, ability, and fitness, along with endurance. And that is one of the things that transfers over into your personal life. [We see a screenshot of her sitting down at the table, opening up her bagged lunch and placing two apples and a bottle of juice in front of her.] You need to ensure that you get enough rest, get enough nutrition, and continue to work on your physical abilities in order that you don't hurt yourself [We see a screenshot of her face as she is speaking.] and you can work in the capacity that you do, in a safe manner.