Paramedic Rescue Training Courses
By Nia Lawrence
As helpful as hospitals are, emergencies do happen far away from it. Adventurers, vacationers, and
people who are visiting or who live in remote areas don't have immediate access to hospital care.
Paramedics can undergo rescue training in order to equip themselves with the skills and the know-how
of saving lives in delicate situations and rough terrain. Whether an incident may happen at home, on the
mountains, in the ocean, or what have you, there are professional paramedics who can maneuver
through any terrain and help people out of a sticky situation.
As defined by regulatory authorities such as OSHA, JCAHO, and state offices of EMS, Education,
Transportation, and Health, expert medical response units administer these courses. Make sure that the
rescue training courses you select are accredited by these.
Among these rescue training courses are advanced cardiac life support, advanced resuscitation,
analgesic gases, automated external defibrillation, bloodborne and airborne pathogens, CPR, emergency
medical responder, Epi-Pen adrenaline injector, first aid (standard, advanced, pediatric, wilderness),
Necksafe acute management of spinal injuries, oxygen administration, paramedic emergency medical
technician. There are also courses which tackle rescue in dangerous environments/situations. You can
learn how to conduct fire team operations, how to operate breathing apparatus open circuit, how to
undertake confined space rescue, how to undertake road accident rescue, and how to undertake
In the advanced resuscitation course, you are taught how to administer Oxygen in emergency situations.
Subject areas include the anatomy of the respiratory system, physiology of respiration, hypoxia, CPR,
artificial airways, oxygen for medical use and therapy, bag mask resuscitation, mechanical resuscitator,
and suction apparatus. In analgesic gases, specific instruction is given in both Nitrus Oxide (Entonox) and
Methoxyflurane (Pentharane) for use in pre-hospital care. The Automatic External Defibrillator is the
latest tool against sudden cardiac death and the course is designed to ensure that students can
recognise an acute cardiac condition and respond accordingly and based around current advanced
cardiac life support teachings. The NeckSafe Programme is the only accredited course in Australia in the
Acute Management of Spinal Injuries and teaches the first person on the scene of a potential Spinal Cord
Injury (SCI), the First Responder, how to assess and manage the situation. The course on the Epi-Pen
adrenaline injector is designed to educate students in the delivery of Adrenaline in the form of the Epi-
Pen in the event of Anaphylaxis or an emergency allergic reaction. The paramedic emergency medical
technician program is designed for participants wishing to gain a Certificate IV as an Emergency Medical
Technician equipping them with advanced medical skills and knowledge. These are all much specialised
The Professionals Choice for Life Support and Medical Emergency Training &