The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Responder is to initiate immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide life saving interventions while awaiting additional EMS response and to assist higher level personnel at the scene and during transport. Emergency Medical Responders function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight.
Emergency Medical Responder's scope of practice includes simple skills focused on lifesaving interventions for critical patients. A major difference between the lay person and the Emergency Medical Responder is the "Duty to act" as part of an organized EMS response. 1*
Emergency Medical Responders are typically Police Officers, Firefighters, and Security Officers
.The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.
The Emergency Medical Technician's scope of practice includes basic skills focused on the acute management and transportation of critical and emergent patients. A major difference between the Emergency Medical Responder and the Emergency Medical Technician is the knowledge and skills necessary to provide medical transportation of emergency patients. 1*
Emergency Medical Technicians are typically Ambulance personnel, Firefighters, Police Officers, and Emergency Room Technicians.
The National Incident Management System
The Hazardous Materials Awareness standard set by OSHA..
This course is derived from the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program to provide consistency in the information delivered to all first responders intended to use the Mark 1 Nerve Agent Antidote Kit (NAAK). It is meant to be the baseline of information delivered to all first responders
MARK 1 is a Homeland Security initiative to provide first responders with a defense against a nerve agent attack.3***
The SMART Triage System and equipment represents a concerted effort to improve Connecticut’s emergency service response to Multiple Casualty Incidents. Operating with a single set of tools, terminology and education, responding services should interact with one another more efficiently and effectively to manage MCI’s, resulting in improved utilization of resources and better survivor rates
Taken in its entirety, the Connecticut SMART Education Packet provides a comprehensive training program for EMS involvement in MCI events, and it should be considered the core curriculum for such training. 2**
1* Taken from the National Scope of Practice Model
2** Taken from the November 2007 OEMS letter addressing SMART Triage initative
3***.Taken form the NAAK Instructor supplement