Location: UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus
UMass Memorial Medical Center is the region's trusted academic medical center, and part of the UMass Memorial Health Care system. We are committed to improving the health of people in Central Massachusetts through excellence in care, comprehensive health services, teaching and research.
Performs duties described in the United States Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration position description for EMT Paramedic including responding to requests for inter-facility transport of sick and injured patients; responding to requests from the public for emergency medical assistance; examining, assessing and stabilizing patients at the point of call and during transport to the appropriate point of entry.
Current certification as an Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health required.
Current certification CPR - Basic Rescue or Basic Cardiac Life Support from either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association required.
Current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) by the American Heart Association required.
Current certification Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) by the American Heart Association required.
Current valid driver license required.
Minimum five (5) years experience in EMS field with progressive experience including, but not limited to, advanced life support (ALS) emergency (911 system) experience, ALS inter-facility transport experience, or a combination of both.
Successful completion of advanced level inter-facility transport training to encompass critical care patient transport via air and/or ground is preferred. Within twelve (12) months of hire, successful certification as a Flight Paramedic-Certified (FP-C) or Critical Care Paramedic- Certified (CCP-C) from the Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification (BCCTPC).
Outstanding inter-personal communications skills are required. Experience in accident scene
management and control, demonstrated ability to work well under often stressful situations,
strong organizational skills, and effective oral and written communication skills are required.
Proven competence in ambulance, helicopter and other radio communications systems.
Administers skilled pre-hospital medical care to individuals, in response to requests for emergency and non-emergency critical care treatment and transport in accordance with applicable Critical Care Transport (CCT) protocols and/or Massachusetts Statewide Pre-hospital Treatment Protocols, as necessary.
Examines, assesses, and stabilizes patients at emergency scene and/or point of origin of inter-facility transport. Obtains medical history. Checks vital signs. Advises/informs on-call physician of diagnostic indication. Performs definitive basic and advanced life support when required. Administers treatment and utilizes advanced life support equipment and procedures as directed by authorized physician(s) utilizing on- and off-line medical control.
Prepares patients for transport. Consults with radio communications specialist as to appropriate available medical facility in order to ensure immediate treatment of patient upon arrival. Monitors patient in ambulance or helicopter to maintain stability. Administers additional treatment enroute when necessary.
Assists with Intra-aortic balloon pump, LVAD, and ECMO therapy and any other therapies/modalities/interventions as determined to be necessary for effective patient care.
Demonstrates competence in the use of the following equipment and treatment modalities:
extrication and spinal immobilization; transport ventilator; intraosseous needle insertion;
infusion pumps; invasive pressure monitoring and endotracheal intubation.
Responds to a wide range of emergency and non-emergency transport situations. Triages
and set priorities based on patients' assessments and the individual needs of the
Conducts triage, treatment and transportation at mass casualty incidents including incidents involving terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Provides control at the scene of medical emergency.
Documents all care received by patients in order to facilitate admission and/or transfer to/from health care facilities.
Cares for all patient populations with acute and emergent medical conditions, including (but
not limited to) emergent, urgent and non-urgent adult and pediatric patients; patients with
psychiatric or behavioral situations; and patients requiring inter-facility
Reports all mandatory reportable diseases and situations, such as child and elder abuse;
handicapped patient abuse. gunshot wounds, stabbing, burns and deaths and communicable
disease and any other reportable conditions as may be required by protocol or regulation.
Maintains possession of and accountability for controlled substances as required by regulation. Maintains up-to-date records of inventory of both narcotic and non-narcotic medications stored in vehicle and supply source at hospital. Ensures emergency vehicle is properly stocked with necessary supplies, equipment and medications. Insures that all medications and equipment are not expired and replaces as necessary. Inspects, clears, stocks ambulance or helicopter and maintains equipment to ensure and provide continuous availability of appropriately functional, decontaminated units.
Complies with established departmental policies, procedures and objectives.
Attends variety of meetings, conferences, seminars as required or directed.
Demonstrates use of Quality Improvement in daily operations.
Complies with all health and safety regulations and requirements.
Respects diverse views and approaches, and contributes in maintaining an environment of professionalism, tolerance, civility and acceptance toward all employees, patients and visitors.
Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed.