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).