Sadly, a rather ignorant selection of journalists from the Daily Fail have released a front-page article today suggesting that Ambulance Technicians within the NHS are “Cut-price”; implying they are sub-standard and not appropriate to perform within the NHS Pre-hospital Setting.
This article has rightfully so caused outrage around NHS, Private Ambulance and other medical industry workers, and I would like to take this opportunity to set some records straight.
I was an Ambulance Technician before being a Paramedic. Some of the sickest people I have ever dealt with, were when I was an Ambulance Technician. Did any of them Die or suffer as a result of not having a Paramedic Present? Absolutely not.
Ambulance Technicians can do the following, but not finite list of skills:
- CPR and Defibrillation
- Airway Management (Including Supraglottic Airway Insertion and Laryngoscopy)
- Intra-Muscular Medicine Injections
- Oxygen and Entonox Delivery
- Nebulisation of drugs- Asthma, Allergy and COPD/Emphysema Treatment
- Wound assessment and management
- Pain relief administration
- Diabetic Hypo Treatment
- ECG Interpretation
- Heart Attack Diagnosis and treatment
- Lone-Working in a Car
- Road Traffic Collision management and treatment/immobilisation
- Major trauma including Stabbings, Shootings treatment and management
- Major Incident Involvement- Plenty for London Bridge Attacks, Borough Market etc
- Palliative Care
The list goes on, but I think you get the point.
Ambulance Technicians (many who have been in role for 10+Years) are a vital and key part of the Pre-hospital medical framework in the UK and globally. Skills may slightly vary depending on where you are, but they are not “cut-price”.
I can happily say that some of the best people I have ever worked with were Ambulance Technicians, and you should know, that without them, our services could not operate on a daily basis. They are vital in skills and professionalism to our service delivery.
If you’re an Ambulance Technician (or similar grade) you should be proud of what you achieved. You should also know, that Paramedics, Doctors, Nurses etc all appreciate the work you do.
We’re proud to call you colleagues and medical clinicians!
**In the picture above I was an Ambulance Technician bringing a child to hospital who had amputated their finger**