The Paramedic must be a confident leader who can accept the stressful challenges and high degree of responsibility that goes along with the position.
Able to administer drugs and narcotics in a safe therapeutic manner
Desire to work with people
Interview hostile and incapacitated patients
Work appropriately with diverse cultures
Work in constantly changing environments
Work with patients of all ages
Understand general properties of all types of drugs, analgesics, anti-anxiety drugs, sedatives, anesthetics, hypnotics, psychotherapeutics, central nervous stimulants, antifungal drugs, serums, vaccines, anti-parasitic drugs just to name a few.
The Paramedic holds a lot of responsibilities. The Paramedic must know and understand the legal and ethical ramifications when administering any medication. The Paramedic must know the correct techniques and precautions of each. The Paramedic must properly document each occurrence. The Paramedic must be constantly up-to-date. The Paramedic is responsible for obtaining as much drug history information from the patient.
High knowledge of mathematics. Must be able to calculate proper dosages and perform conversion problems. Knowledge of Fahrenheit and Celsius scales. Ability to use advanced life support equipment and accompanying supplies. Must know correct size of needles to use based on patients size, age and condition.