What are an EMT's function in your ER. Are they allowed to put in IJ's , give IV meds etc. I havn't seen a true policy on this in our hospital. EMT's come up to nurses and say, do you want me to put that IJ in for you or help with intubations. Yet we have a couple of flight nurses who are not allowed to do such things, and you talk about nurses who are kick butt good at what they do.
umpiron: I love our EMT's however, I do question at times if they are doing too much in our ER. Everyonce in a while, I'll hear comments like, We can do more than the nurses, how come we are smarter and get payed less. I stay out of it cause I think so much of EMT's and it's just not worth my time and effort most of the time.
Thank God for them in the feild. But, as far a critical care goes, many times in ICU,amd the ER, we are left correcting the mistakes that are made in the feild. Nothing is said becuse, we know they did the best they could do with at the time. (unless it is a really bad mistake= then we say something.). There are times I would like to sit one down and have them explain to me the hemodynamics of a critical pt's swan readings or some such thing as that, but it's not worth the hard feelings. But any way......I'm getting off my question, what are they allowed to do In your ER?