Critical care paramedics serve as members of an emergency medical team that gives advanced medical support and life-saving stabilization to extremely ill individuals or individuals who have been injured and are being transported to hospitals or trauma centers or are being transferred between medical facilities for more specialized care.
According to the website Criticalcareparamedic.net critical care paramedics specialize in providing on-the-scene care to people who have suffered life-threatening trauma and must be stabilized until they can be taken to a hospital emergency room. Critical care paramedics are often employed by municipal medical service systems or private companies that have contracts with municipalities to provide service. Some work directly for public hospitals or for fire or police departments. Government agencies such as the Coast Guard also employ some critical care paramedics.
The website Education-portal.com states that many critical care paramedics earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree which is a two-year full-time program that offers courses in basic medical care. In addition to clinical training they take courses that cover subjects such as human anatomy cardiac care medical trauma care and pharmacology. Prior to being accepted into this type of program applicants usually need to show they have experience as paramedics.
Some schools offer degree programs or award certificates in emergency medical technology. Critical care paramedics must be licensed by the state in which they work and they are usually required to take continuing education courses to maintain their licensed status. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the job outlook for critical paramedics is excellent. The median annual salary is approximately $28000.