PARAMEDIC - [Full Time]
University of Missouri Health Center - Columbia, MO

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Deliver advanced medical care to the sick or injured in an uncontrolled pre-hospital setting, as well as in the Emergency Center/Trauma Center.

To supervise and participate in the operation of an advance life support ambulance on a given shift, for both the emergency and the routine transport of sick and/or injured patients while administering advanced life support as necessary. If not transporting patients, Emergency Paramedics shall perform in a similar capacity in the emergency center.

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Required Qualifications:
A high school diploma or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is necessary. Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is required within three months of employment. Certifications must be actively maintained. Must be licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic. Prefer one or more years experience. Possession of a valid Missouri Drivers License is required.
Preferred Qualifications:
One year of experience in the EMS setting. Currently practicing as a paramedic. Current certification in one or more of the following. EVOC, CEVO, NAPD or another accredited emergency driving course.

Detailed Description:
The applicant must have good clear communication skills with clear enunciation. The applicant must possess the required skills necessary to function in the paramedic position including but not limited to basic and advanced technical skills including peripheral IV and blood draws on a variety of age groups, intubation, surgical airways, chest decompressions, chest tube insertions, IO insertion and other advanced procedures as deemed appropriate by the Medical Director. The applicant must also possess the ability to think quickly and independently and function from standing protocols, the ability to function in an uncontrolled pre-hospital environment and the ability to dead-lift a minimum of 100 pounds and carry the weight greater than 10 yards. The applicant must be able to stand, walk and run without assistance. The ability to operate emergency vehicles and a wheelchair van is a must.

The applicant must have ability to maintain and control a patient's airway through the use of various airway adjuncts including the combitube, endotracheal intubation, Airtraq and the Bougie. The applicant must also be able to perform invasive skills such as interosseous infusions, chest decompressions and cricothyrotomy.

The applicant must aid in delivery of medical care in not only the pre-hospital setting, but the Emergency Center setting as well. The applicant must possess the skills necessary to care for a wide range of patients including but not limited to the care of psychiatric, geriatric, obstetrical, pediatric and neonatal patients.

The applicant must be able to obtain a medical history and assess patient condition through the primary and secondary survey. The applicant must be able to start IV therapy and draw labs, deliver defibrillation, cardioversion and initiate drug therapy as set forth by Medical Director. The applicant must also be able to interpret cardiac rhythm strips, 12 lead EKG's, capnography (ETCO2) readings and waveforms and initiate care as set forth by American Heart Association standards and Medical Control direction.

The applicant must have working knowledge of vehicle extrication and rescue techniques. The applicant must also be able to safely operate emergency vehicles and operate emergency warning and communications equipment located in the emergency vehicle.