Advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT)
An EMS professional who provides basic and limited advanced skills to patients who access the EMS system.
Qualities or characteristics of a person.
An external verification of the competencies that an individual has achieved and typically involves an examination process; in healthcare these process are typically designed to verify that an individual has achieved minimum competency to ensure safe and effective patient care.
The exchange of thoughts, messages and information.
Life long learning.
continuous quality improvement (CQI)
Programs designed to improve the level of care; commonly driven by quality assurance.
A local process by which an individual is permitted by a specific entity (medical director) to practice in a specific setting (EMS agency).
Tact and skill in dealing with people
Emergency medical responder (EMR)
An EMS professional who provides initial basic life support care to patients who access the EMS system; formerly called first responder.
Showing a person care and commission with an appreciation for his/her situation without feeling the same emotions.
A network of resources that provides emergency care and transportation to victims of sudden illness or injury.
Expectations established by the community at large reflecting their views of the conduct of a profession.
A business associated with the provision of medical care to individuals.
Permission granted to an individual by a governmental authority, such as a state, to perform certain restricted activities.
A physician responsible for the oversight of the EMS system and the actions of the paramedics; also known as physician advisor.
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)
A national organization developed to ensure that graduates of EMS training programs have met minimal standards by measuring competency through a uniform testing process.
National Highway Safety Administration
National Standard Curriculum
Offline medical direction
Prospective and retrospective medical direction.
Online medical direction
Direct voice communication by a medical director to a prehospital professional while he/she is attending to the patient.
A physician responsible for the oversight of EMS system and the actions of the paramedics.
A group of similar jobs or fields of interest that involve a responsibility to serve the public and require mastery of specific knowledge and specialized skills.
A person who has special knowledge and skills and conforms to high standard of conduct and performance.
Following the standards of conduct and performance for a profession.
Prospective medical directions
Physician participation in the development of EMS protocols, procedures, and participation in the education and testing of EMS professionals; a type of offline medical directions.
A set of treatment guidelines written for the paramedic to follow.
Quality assurance (QA)
Programs designed to achieve a desired level of care.
The ability for an EMS professional to use his/her certification or license to be able to practice in a different state.
The process of refreshing information and skills previously learned.
The process of entering an individual's name and essential information into a record as a means of verifying initial certification and monitoring recertification.
Retrospective medical direction
Physician review of prehospital care reports and participation in the quality improvement process; a type of offline medical direction.
Scope of practice
A predefined set of skills, interventions, or other activities that the paramedic is legally authorized to perform when necessary; usually set by state law or regulation and local medical directions.
Written instructions that authorize EMS personnel to perform certain medical interventions before establishing direct communication with a physician.
The ability to work with others to achieve a common goal.