Medical First Responder

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Medical First Responder

The First Responder usually functions with a limited amount of equipment, the First Responder answers emergency calls to provide efficient and immediate care to ill and injured patients while awaiting other responding EMS units. After receiving notification of an emergency, the First Responder safely responds to the address or location given.

  • Functions in uncommon situations;
  • Has a basic understanding of stress response and methods to ensure; personal well-being;
  • Has an understanding of body substance isolation;
  • Understands basic medical-legal principles;
  • Functions within the scope of care as defined by state, regional and local regulatory agencies;
  • Complies with regulations on the handling of the deceased, protection of property and evidence at scene, while awaiting additional EMS resources;

Before initiating patient care, the First Responder will "size-up" the scene to determine that the scene is safe, to identify the mechanism of injury or nature of illness, and the total number of patients, and to request additional help if necessary. Using a limited amount of equipment, renders emergency medical care to adults, children, and infants based on assessment findings. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Opening and maintaining an airway;
  • Ventilating patients;
  • Administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
  • Providing emergency medical care of simple and multiple system trauma such as:
  1. Controlling hemorrhage,
  2. Bandaging wounds,
  3. Manually stabilizing injured extremities.
  4. Providing emergency medical care to:
  5. Assist in childbirth

Manage general medical complaints, altered mental status, seizures, environmental emergencies, behavioral emergencies and psychological crises. Reassuring patients and bystanders by working in a confident, efficient manner.

Where a patient must be extricated from entrapment, assesses the extent of injury and assists other EMS providers rendering emergency medical care and protection to the entrapped patient. Performs emergency moves and assists other EMS providers in the use of the prescribed techniques and appliances for safely removing the patient.

Under the direction and supervision of other EMS providers, assists in lifting the stretcher, placing the stretcher in the ambulance, and seeing that the patient and stretcher are secured. If needed, radios the dispatcher for additional help or special rescue and/or utility services. In cases of multiple patients, performs basic triage.

Reports directly to the responding EMS unit or communications center the nature and extent of injuries, the number of patients, and the condition of each patient. Identifies assessment findings that responding EMT units need to know to improve patient outcomes.

Constantly assesses patient, providing much needed support and reassurance, while awaiting additional EMS resources. Administers additional care as indicated.

Reports their observations and emergency medical care of the patient to thetransporting EMS unit, thus saving time and creating a more effective EMS evironment. Upon request, provides assistance to the transporting unit staff.

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  • Reside within Twin Bridge Service area or stay at headquarters when on call.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Successful completion of a DHFS approved Medical First Responder course.
  • Current professional rescuer CPR certification.
  • Successful completion of a National Registry written and practical exam.
  • No arrest or conviction record substantially related to performance as a Medical First Responder