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Health care personnel who provide primary medical care outside the hospital (also known as prehospital care) are known as emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

As standardized in the United States, different levels of training are used to grade & certify these personnel into the following four categories:


First responders

Undergo 40 hours of training and are trained in first aid as well as basic life support.


Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-A)

Should have 81 to 140 hours of emergency care training along with basic life support skills.


Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate (EMT-I)

Have 110 to 1000 hours of training with both basic and advanced life support skills, as well as use of selected drugs.

(EMT-I training course conducted by the faculty from Stanford University, USA is available at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad)


More about EMT-I course at Apollo



Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (EMT-P)

Must have more than 1000 hours of training in emergency medical services, trained in BLS, ACLS, ATLS, advanced airway management, pharmacology of drugs, etc.

(Note that only these EMT-P qualified personnel are known as Paramedics)


The curriculum, levels of training and certification is standardized by the Department of Transportation (DOT), United States. Other details may also be available at the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (USA).





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