PARAMEDICS Emer­gency aid

THE LOW­DOWN

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CLOCK­WORK Paramedics may have to work in shifts. A typ­i­cal day at work would be like this : 9am: Start deal­ing with pa­tients 1.30pm: Lunch 2pm: At­tend spe­cialised clin­ics/in ward pa­tients 3pm: Deal with pa­tients with spe­cial needs Paramedics are health­care prfes­sion­als who as­sist doc­tors in cor­rect di­ag­no­sis and over­all care of the pa­tient, and man­age­ment of the health fa­cil­i­ties. Paramedics are tech­ni­cians who work hand in hand with doc­tors and nurses to de­liver ef­fec­tive med­i­cal care. Us­ing cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy, paramedics pro­vide high qual­ity and timely care for med­i­cal con­di­tions re­quir­ing im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion. In coun­tries like the United States and the United King­dom, paramedics can be usu­ally de­fined peo­ple or work­ers in the field of med­i­cal science that deals with pre-hos­pi­tal emer­gency ser­vices. How­ever, there are dif­fer­ent types of paramedics work­ing in the health­care sec­tor all over the world like emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cians, lab tech­ni­cians, ra­di­ol­ogy tech­ni­cians, op­tometrists, ECG tech­ni­cians etc. The re­quire­ment for trained pro­fes­sion­als is tremen­dous in In­dia where med­i­cal ser­vices are con­cerned. Most of the ser­vice providers use un­skilled work­ers who learn on the job. Also, there aren’t many train­ing in­sti­tutes in In­dia. This has opened up sev­eral ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for young as­pi­rants. Well-trained paramedics can be placed in hos­pi­tals, di­ag­nos­tic cen­tres, poly­clin­ics, nurs­ing homes, spe­cialty health­care cen­tres and re­search in­sti­tu­tions 4pm: Com­plete file work/re­ports 5pm: Pack-up for the day and re­turn home

THE PAY­OFF Pay­off de­pends on the type of para­medic. A ra­di­ol­ogy tech­ni­cian can start from R10,000 per month and reach up to R50,000 per month. A health­care as­sis­tant can get R5,000 to R15,000 per month. Start­ing salary of dial­y­sis tech­ni­cians can range from R20,000 to R50,000 per month. A lab tech­ni­cian’s salary may vary from R10,000 to R70,000 per month de­pend­ing on his/her ex­per­tise and se­nior­ity SKILLS/TRAITS Car­ing and em­pa­thetic na­ture and

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