Profession emergency ambulance driver

Ambulance attendants drive ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. Assist in lifting patients.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Social

Tasks emergency ambulance driver

  • Drive ambulances for emergency transportation of patients to medical facilities.
  • Drive ambulances for routine transportation of patients.
  • Lift and place patients on stretchers, load stretchers into ambulances and transfer patients to hospital.
  • Provide first aid such as bandaging, splinting and administering oxygen.
  • Keep the ambulance and equipment clean and in good working order.
  • Maintain sufficient medical supplies in the ambulance.
  • Restrain or shackle violent patients.
  • Report relevant facts to hospital personnel or law enforcement officials.
  • Assist hospital staff with the provision of medical treatment if necessary.
  • Prepare written reports on the state of patients' injuries and treatment provided.

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Knowledge

  • First aid

    The emergency treatment given to a sick or injured person in the case of circulatory and/or respiratory failure, unconsciousness, wounds, bleeding, shock or poisoning.

  • Medical dispatch

    The concepts of a medical dispatch system and its use which consists in performing criteria based medical dispatch, answering emergency calls, and operating computer aided dispatch systems.

  • Special equipment in emergency

    The usage of the specific medical and life support equipment on ambulance vehicles, according to skill level.

  • Pathogenic microorganisms

    The main classes of pathogenic microorganisms, the spread of infection and the use of universal precautions.

  • Resuscitation

    The emergency procedure applied to individuals with no pulse to restore them to consciousness.

  • Human anatomy

    The dynamic relationship of human structure and function and the muscosceletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems; normal and altered anatomy and physiology throughout the human lifespan.

  • Hygiene in a health care setting

    The procedures related to maintaining a hygienic environment within a health care setting such as hospitals and clinics. It can range from hand washing to cleaning and disinfection of medical equipment used and infection control methods.

  • Emergency cases

    The emergency cases with different disease patterns and syndromes, the special emergency cases and their appropriate interventions.

  • Health care legislation

    The patients` rights and responsibilities of health practitioners and the possible repercussions and prosecutions in relation to medical treatment negligence or malpractice.

  • Health care occupation-specific ethics

    The moral standards and procedures, ethical questions and obligations specific to occupations in a health care setting such as respect for human dignity, self-determination, informed consent and patient confidentiality.

  • Infection control

    The routes of transmission and methods of preventing spread of common and important infecting organisms together with the methods available for sterilisation and disinfection of pathogenic organisms in the prevention of infection.

  • Operational tactics for emergency responses

    The characteristics and proceedings of operational tactics for emergency responses especially at major incidents and catastrophes.

Skills

  • Comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice

    Apply quality standards related to risk management, safety procedures, patients feedback, screening and medical devices in daily practice, as they are recognized by the national professional associations and authorities.

  • Transfer patients to and from ambulance vehicles

    Transfer patients safely to and from ambulance vehicles by making use of appropriate equipment and manual handling skills that prevent harming the patient during transportation.

  • Maintain emergency vehicle equipment

    Maintain emergency vehicles and the associated medical and communication equipment, replenishing first-aid equipment and supplies as needed.

  • Assist ambulance paramedics

    Help ambulance paramedics by carrying out basic diagnostic procedures under their direct supervision, handling urgent hospital admissions and any other type of support needed by paramedics in order to manage emergency patients such as providing oxygen, stopping blood loss, treating minor fractures and wounds.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Provide first aid

    Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or first aid in order to provide help to a sick or injured person until they receive more complete medical treatment.

  • Ensure ambulance roadworthiness

    Check, prior to service, that the ambulance is working properly and that no technical defaults are risking the continuation of the ambulance service.

  • Clean vehicle interiors

    Remove dirt, rubbish or impurities of the interior of vehicles, including consoles and dashboards; vacuum car seats and carpets; clean hinges and door trims.

  • Operate an emergency communication system

    Efficiently operate common communication systems used in emergencies, such as base station mobile transmitters and receivers, portable transmitters and receivers, repeaters, cellular phones, pagers, automated vehicle locators, and satellite phones as required.

  • Work in multidisciplinary teams related to emergency care

    Work with a variety of people from various health care and non-health care services such as ambulance control room staff, paramedics, doctors and nurses, as well as people working in the fire and police department.

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Drive ambulance under emergency conditions

    Drive and operate ambulance in response to emergency situations, at a safe and controlled speed, complying with laws, regulations and standards for this type of activity.

  • Tolerate stress

    Maintain a temperate mental state and effective performance under pressure or adverse circumstances.

  • Position patients undergoing interventions

    Position or immobilise patients correctly for safe and effective interventions.

  • Follow verbal instructions

    Have the ability to follow spoken instructions received from colleagues. Strive to understand and clarify what is being requested.

  • Transfer patients

    Use the most appropriate techniques to handle and move patients in and out of an ambulance, hospital bed, wheelchair, etc.

  • Empathise with the healthcare user

    Understand the background of clients` and patients’ symptoms, difficulties and behaviour. Be empathetic about their issues; showing respect and reinforcing their autonomy, self-esteem and independence. Demonstrate a concern for their welfare and handle according to the personal boundaries, sensitivities, cultural differences and preferences of the client and patient in mind.

  • Monitor patients during transfer to hospital

    Monitor and take note of any changes in the vital signs of the patients being transferred to the hospital for further medical diagnosis and treatment.

  • Communicate effectively in healthcare

    Communicate effectively with patients, families and other caregivers, health care professionals, and community partners.

  • Adhere to organisational guidelines

    Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.

  • Write reports on emergency cases

    Record the patient`s condition or injury from the start of the takeover in the ambulance, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs and treatment.

Optional knowledge and skills

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