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Significance and Use
This guide establishes the national standard for training the emergency medical technician (paramedic).
This guide shall be used by those who develop the training curriculum to be used to train the emergency medical technician (paramedic).
Every person who is identified as an emergency medical technician (paramedic) shall have been trained to this guide.
It is understood that the scope of the medical practice is constantly evolving. Therefore, this guide does not contain recommendations for the management of illnesses and injuries. Furthermore, it is not intended to supersede the protocols and standing orders of the system medical director or the on-line medical physician (see Practice F 1149
This guide does not standardize the scope of practice of the emergency medical technician (paramedic).
1.1 This guide covers the training standard for the emergency medical technician (paramedic) to deal with emergencies. Primary care and wilderness/delayed/prolonged context training for the emergency medical technician (paramedic) is not within the scope of this guide, but may be dealt with in other ASTM standards.
1.2 This guide identifies the knowledge and skills that all programs that train the emergency medical technician (paramedic) should include in their training program.
1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
F1149 Practice for Qualifications, Responsibilities, and Authority of Individuals and Institutions Providing Medical Direction of Emergency Medical Services
F1220 Guide for Emergency Medical Services System (EMSS) Telecommunications
F1254 Practice for Performance of Prehospital Manual Defibrillation
F1255 Practice for Performance of Prehospital Automated Defibrillation
F1258 Practice for Emergency Medical Dispatch
F1288 Guide for Planning for and Response to a Multiple Casualty Incident
F1489 Guide for Performance of Patient Assessment by the Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic)
F1517 Guide for Scope of Performance of Emergency Medical Services Ambulance Operations
ICS Number Code 03.100.30 (Management of human resources); 11.160 (First aid)