Are you looking for a job as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)? The industry is extremely competitive and it can be difficult to get hired, especially if you have little or no experience. Here are 5 things you should know for your EMT interview that will put you ahead of the curve and help you get the job.
- Know the name, location and catchment area for each of the following:
- Base hospitals
- Trauma centers
- Burn centers
- Hyperbaric facilities
- Have a good working knowledge of your protocols (adult/pediatric) for each type of emergency.
- When can you apply restraints? What’s the difference between soft (medical) and hard (behavioral) restraints?
- Know your interfacility transfer (IFT) protocols. For example, if you arrive at the ER to transport a patient and the nurse gives pain medication, do you have to wait before transporting? If so, how long?
3. Practical Skills / General EMT Knowledge
- You should be dialed on your pratical skills as these are the fundamentals of being an EMT. Be prepared to be tested during the interview process.
- Have a strong understanding of the following:
- Common medications
- Normal vital signs
- Signs and symptoms of common illnesses
- How to triage using START
4. CPR Guidelines
- Know the current CPR guidelines. Are there any differences between witnessed/unwitnessed, adult/pediatric, and one or two-person CPR?
5. Cardiac Anatomy
- What are the major components of the heart?
- You should be able to trace the blood flow through the heart.
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