The National Registry has posted the "New Levels" of EMS Providers. EMR, EMT, AEMT (Advanced EMT), and Paramedic (Gone are the EMT-Intermediates). What do you all think?

I like it, with the exception of the word "Advanced" for AEMT because this is also used in "ALS" and "ACLS" which both have skills (such as reading an ECG) which an AEMT will not have and I can see some potention confusion... such as our city council asking why we pay Paramedics to ride ALS ambulances when we clearly have "Advanced EMTs" to do it for less pay.
When some time back NREMT put out for suggestions, I had submitted: EMR (Responder), EMT (Tech), EMS (Specialst) and EMP (Paramedic)... of course the only problem there being EMS is already used for EMServices. Oh well, I don't have all the answers.
So, what do you think of the titles? The loss of the EMT-I, gin of the AEMT (in Virginia we already have EMT-Enhanced, basicly the same thing... most of what a Paramedic can do minus anything having to do with reading and ECG).

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How about the short, sweet, and easy-to-remember "Medic". It's part of the job titles and certifications we already have: ParaMEDIC, Emergency MEDICal Technician, etc.

If that's too simplistic, we could just use "Paramedic" and accomplish the same thing.
Ooh, I think I can generate almost as much wrath as a "fire vs. non-fire" thread:

Call the base level of prehospital medical provider a "paramedic," and the person who does CPR and drives the ambulance a "paramedic assistant."

(ducks) ;)


dr-exmedic said:
Call the base level of prehospital medical provider a "paramedic," and the person who does CPR and drives the ambulance a "paramedic assistant."

(ducks) ;)

Paramedic Assistant= PA, which is going to be confused with physician assistants. However, there is no medical provider I can think of that goes by the initials AD.
doc,

What do ducks have to do with it? :-)
Joe Paczkowski said:
AD=Ambulance Driver? Wow, I thought I was living dangerously. :)


dr-exmedic said:
Joe Paczkowski said:
AD=Ambulance Driver? Wow, I thought I was living dangerously. :)

Well, someone's gotta drive and that person can kill the patient much easier than the person in back.

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