ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:High school graduate or equivalent. Associates Degree in Arts or Applied Science preferred.
Maintains confidentiality of patient information and works in accordance with patient rights guidelines.
Relates to people in a manner that encourages teamwork, positive outcomes, and wins confidence and support.
Works as a productive and contributing member of an interdisciplinary team.
Handles frequent interruptions, time pressures and difficult people and situations with poise, courtesy and diplomacy.
Documents on hospital forms according to established guidelines.
Is flexible in response to unexpected change in work volume and emergencies.
Receive instructions and works under the general supervision of the ED staff that includes Registered Nurse and/or Provider.
Assesses gross patient needs and set priorities on work.
Current Paramedic licensure in an active Advanced Life Support (ALS) EMS System preferred.
Current Advanced Cardiac Life Certification required, Instructor Certification preferred.
Basic Trauma Life Support Certification required, Instructor Certification preferred.
Must hold and maintain a valid Michigan Driver's License and maintain a satisfactory driving record, as defined by the KEU insurance carrier.
Must successfully complete a State of Michigan criminal background investigation.
Must successfully complete pre-employment Drug and Alcohol Testing and maintain satisfactory test results for continued Drug and Alcohol Testing in conjunction with the established KMHC and Munson Healthcare Policy(ies) for it.
Successful completion of the KMHC/Munson Healthcare pre-employment physical examination.
Successful completion of KMHC/KEU Orientation Program.
Effective verbal and written communication skills, including participation in presentations to other professionals and the public.
Michigan EMT Instructor/Coordinator Licensure preferred.
Computer literacy/skills preferred.
Maintains current Michigan Paramedic Licensure as required by the Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services, EMS Division.
Maintains current Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification. Maintains Basic Trauma Life Support Certification or Advanced First Trauma Care (FTC) Certification. Maintains Instructor Certifications as applicable.
Participates in on-going quality improvement/assurance programs and associated inservices/ meetings.
Identifies and assists in meeting professional and educational needs of self and other staff.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:Paramedical work involves a wide variety of duties and atmospheres. Duties range from repetitious maintenance of vehicles and living quarters to unique and demanding extrication problems. Often the work atmosphere consists of extreme weather conditions without adequate lighting, space, safety and/or personnel.
The Paramedic must be adept in carrying, lifting and extrication maneuvers that do not negatively impact patients, fellow workers, or self.
Works under physical and mental pressure produced by working with patients during emergency and non-emergency transports.
May be exposed to communicable diseases.
Must be willing to work all types of shifts (i.e. 12 or 24 hour schedules or on-call systems) including nights, weekends and/or holidays, and within all KEU/KMHC Departments as assigned.
The Paramedic works in cooperation with ED licensed staff to provide care
and support to critically injured or ill patients. Monitors and assists in getting patients in and out of cars, ambulances, etc. including front entrance patient arrivals.
THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:
Performs initial and on-going assessment of each patient.
Collects data in a systematic and continuous manner. This data is accessible, communicated and recorded.
Makes accurate diagnosis based on patient assessment.
Implements the appropriate medical protocols; recognizes and communicates pertinent changes in health status to on-line medical Control.
Assist physician with treatment, examination, and medical orders as directed.
Performs techniques and procedures as ordered by a physician or the applicable Medical Control Authority Pre-Hospital Protocols.
Applies ice bags, support for injuries, and other needs for patient condition as needed.
Identifies critical or potential incident(s) and demonstrates effective response to crisis situation(s).
The Paramedic is required to efficiently operate highly complex communication telemetry equipment that is the primary link to the emergency physician as well as other responding emergency units. The Paramedic's responsibility is to:
Coordinate by radio with other public safety vehicles
Dispatch other vehicles, i.e. ambulance, police or fire to a scene if deemed necessary
Establish VHF voice communication with the receiving hospital to relay pertinent patient information.
Establish VHF communication for voice and telemetry transmission.
Communicates findings of patient with ED staff for appropriate placement ie: return to waiting room or ED room assignment.
Uses telephone, radio, paging and intercom systems.
Uses effective communication to interact with the general public, including emotionally distraught patients, family members, and visitors.
Must recognize work priorities and function within those priorities.
Must recognize potential problems and report them to the appropriate person or department based on knowledge of records, procedure and patient care activity,
Communicates with other members of healthcare team in order to ensure continuity of care and coordination of services.
Communicates with customers in a manner to improve customer's perception.
Communicates effectively with and conveys respect for patients and family.
OPERATION OF THE PROGRAM
Assumes responsibility for special projects as assigned by KEU Manager or KMHC Administration.
Participates in EMS staff meetings and team activities for problem identification, problem solving and operations planning. Assists in the development and implementation of standards, methods and tools to improve patient care.
Acts as a preceptor to new personnel for orientation to policies, procedures, protocols, equipment and their role within EMS.