I have not been an EMT Basic for long,but I sure love it! Never a dull moment! I want to get a bit of time under my belt and go for IV Tech,then maybe Paramedic...who knows! How many of you B's wanna be IV Techs?

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Why go for IV tech when you could go for paramedic? If you want to provide professional medical care then you should strive for the highest level in the field and not settle for a small stop gap like IV techs.
ah guys whats IV teh???? whats the difference between EMT I and IV tech hehhe
Why not go for paramedic?
A few reasons...money, time and ability to keep the skills. NOT everyone has all three and the vast majority of
us are still volunteer! I just became an intermediate and the most asked question was when are you going
for paramedic. My answer, never....well at least not until I want to teach paramedic classes.

Another reason for the insanity of all of this is the many different levels in different states. That is the only
good thing about the new standards coming...will hopefully drive states to come into line and have only
3-4 levels that will be STANDARDized so you can move from one state to another. (Sorry I got up on my soapbox)
Money and time are easy. College programs (all paramedic courses should be degreed anyways. I doubt very many people would go to physicians who went through accelerated medical school (if there was such a thing) solve those by providing loans. When in college, your job is a student, thus you have time.
That might be true if you are 18-22 but when you are older or like me have three degrees it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. As for the accelerated puppy mills, I'm on your side there. Take the time to learn what you
need, not just get it done. The idea of going back to school full time for two years to be a paramedic...no thanks!

Money and time are easy. College programs (all paramedic courses should be degreed anyways. I doubt very many people would go to physicians who went through accelerated medical school (if there was such a thing) solve those by providing loans. When in college, your job is a student, thus you have time.
I disagree with Joe on the money / time reasoning... for most of us that will have to work and go to school at the same time, have kids, like to keep their electricity on, etc., both time and money will be in short supply. And I had considered too, making a pit-stop at EMT-I / IV before continuing on to Paramedic, but if you know that's where you want to be, why not just do it? A lot of people are "content" with being a Basic or Intermediate, and there's nothing wrong with that. But having a need to be the best I can in the pre-hospital setting is the determining factor in going for the whole thing, no pit-stops. I start Paramedic school this fall. I owe it to myself, my kids, and my patients. Cheesy, maybe, but true. :)
Here in Colorado Springs it is required... so, I'll do it next week...
I have not been a basic for long either and I am still in school for my degree in emergency medicine and Paramedic.. I am taking the IV certs as well just to have that little extra in hopes of finding a job. Here in Colorado I cant even get work...thanks to the economy...
I don't know what state your in Julie, but if the new national cert. levels go throuh, there will be no EMT-anything. (IV, cardiac, shock, etc.) The new levels are EMR, EMT, AEMT, Paramedic.
I.V.'s don't save lives. I've been a PCP for over 20 years in a fairly busy service 55,000 calls a year, with the 5 basic drugs I currently and I must say seldom use, I wonder the full value of full ACP in these finaciall restrictive times. I can count on one hand the few times ACP trained medics "might" have saved a person's life. The lastes research is showing that Excellant BLS care saves more lives that the stay and play ACP medics.

Step by step is a good way to go. Our service has now introduced IV PCP medics, with the addition of D50, first time nitro use, and double nitro 0.8 for CHF.

As some have said Money speaks volumes...it cost me as a tax payer to have medics maintain those skills off the road, and as that tax payer, I don't see the need for it personally and so do many of the long time medics on the road.

We don't charge the patient any more money for PCP over ACP care thankfully. $45 for essential calls and $245 for non essential.
Ive been an EMT BASIC for the past 6 years in service..... and what a reward it was for me in terms of experience and good study cases. It would be nice to upgrade and learn to become an EMT Intermediate for a change (like learning to do IV, plus more). The more we upgrade, the better intervention we can give to our patients.Go Intermediate if u can. Good job Julie, stay cool and safe!!!
Does anyone know what states allow certs for IV? I am an EMT-B in Ohio. I have tried to find information on IV, CC, ST, but I can not find it for Ohio. Maybe it is not available in Ohio and that is why I can not find anything?

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