Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Published: | Updated: October 30, 2017

Definition - What does Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) mean?

An emergency medical technician is a person who is trained and has received certification to begin the process of emergency care for people who have suffered an illness, or some sort of medical trauma. These individuals administer treatment to victims or patients as they are transported to hospitals for further observation.

Safeopedia explains Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

An emergency medical technician or EMT crew responds to emergencies and administers emergency care. These individuals are trained for emergency medical care of all kinds of victims. They must learn and understand basic anatomy, how to assess injury, proper triage care, and how to handle a variety of illnesses and injuries, including various environmental emergencies that can arise, childbirth and a full range of experiences. A complete certification can take anywhere from 2 to 4 years to complete, depending on which state the person completing their EMT resides. EMTs are typically employed by ambulance and first response services, though some professions, such as police and firefighters, may require their staff to obtain an EMT certification. It is important to note that EMTs practice under an extremely limited scope.

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